How To Buy A Camera Cell Phone | Your First Camera Phone

By: Rebecca Welch

Phone manufacturers are making the most of the growing popularity of the camera phone market. Profits for companies such as Nokia, Siemens, Motorola are steadily increasing and have the intensified the competition to make better models of the original camera cell phones. Carriers will often give away a great camera cell phone if you sign a cell phone service agreement.

Camera Cell Phone Benefits:

Even though the camera cell phone can be considered a luxury item, there are many benefits to owning this mobile communication device that can serve a dual purpose. Snapping pictures of people, places and things has never been easier. This is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends who live far away. With a camera cell phone, you are never without a camera and can snap that "once in a lifetime" shot with ease. The pictures you take can easily be uploaded to your personal computer. Some of the newest camera cell phone models have high resolution photos,red eye reduction and zoom options that rival a digital camera. Photo quality is largely dependent on the type of camera phone you purchase, but is generally an excellent investment.

Many camera cell phones can act as a mini camcorder as well as taking pictures. Basic camera phones will usually make a 30 second movie. You may have the option to upload the movie clip to your PC and transfer to the Internet.Some camera phones allow you to simply email the clip directly family and friends. This is the perfect feature for special occasions or moments when you do not have access to a regular camera.

Camera Cell Phone Disadvantages:

Although camera cell phones are wonderful devices, there are a few distinct disadvantages to owning a camera phone over a regular cell phone. If you have to purchase your camera phone, the cost is often more than a regular cell phone. Be aware that sending photos can quickly become expensive. Every carrier has their own rates for sending photos and it can be quite costly.

Depending on the model of camera cell phone you choose, the picture quality may not be what you would like. Learning how to focus the lens on a camera phone can be quite challenging and may result in many blurry pictures before you learn the technique. Should you drop the camera phone and crack or break the lens, it can be costly to have it repaired. Check with the manufacturer before you make your purchase because some models can not be repaired at all. A broken camera lens will result in a new phone purchase.

If you are planning to buy a camera cell phone, you should budget a bit of extra cash for additional insurance. Insurance on your camera phone can save you some expensive repairs or replacement of your phone in case if is lost or stolen. The small size of most camera phones and cell phones today makes an ideal target for a pick pocket or purse snatcher.

If you are new to the mobile world, compare options and cell phone promotions offered by carrier companies such as Cingular, T-Mobile or Verizon. Most companies offer free camera cell phones if you sign a cell phone service agreement. Your free camera phone probably won't be the the best they have to offer, but will be good enough for you to get accustomed to using a camera phone. After a 6 month membership, you may be able to upgrade or trade in your current camera phone for a better model. Check for this option before you sign your cell phone service agreement.

The camera cell phone is the most popular type of cell phone on today's market. The convenience of having a camera at your fingertips can be fun and inexpensive if you don't abuse your carrier rates for sending pictures. The camera cell phone is a handy tool for party or fun pictures. As long as you don't expect professional level photography from your camera phone, you should enjoy having a camera handy for all those great photo opportunities.

Shop around for the best deals and always ask carriers their rates for sending pictures MMS. Rates can vary greatly and you want to get the best deal so you can use your camera phone often. Camera phones are also available as a prepaid cell phone, but prepaid cell phone rates are more expensive. MMS and text message rates are also quite a bit higher than a regular cell phone plan. Learning how to buy a camera cell phone isn't difficult, but it does require you to do your homework before making any purchases.

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