Bookmark These: Get up to speed on cellphones, service plans
By Reid Kanaley
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Choosing a cellphone and service plan requires careful consideration on your part. Study up on networks and the latest hardware at these sites, and don't forget to recycle.
—Buying guide: Tech site Cnet.com has a buying guide that steps through choosing a service provider, picking a plan based on your usage, picking a phone, and other considerations. Cnet has a huge bank of hardware and software reviews, so you can read up on its tests of basic phones, smartphones, the best camera phones, music phones and phones by service providers. Articles on phones and their features usually include video demos. http://is.gd/nALmMl
—Prepaid plans: This is the way to go if you still want a cellphone only for emergencies, or if you want to keep a lid on use by a teenager, or if you have bad credit. And prepaid cellphone plans are in some cases the cheapest way to go — no contracts and no ugly early-termination fees — even if none of the aforementioned applies to you. ConsumerSearch.com rates not only the plans, such as TracFone and Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk, but it also summarizes and rates other websites' reviews of those plans. http://is.gd/TqYndu
—Phones and culture: Eighty-five percent of Americans 18 and older own cellphones. This page from the Pew Internet and American Life Project pulls together some of the research group's latest findings on how wireless handhelds and laptops are shaping how our culture gets, shares, and uses information. The technology has transformed so much of what we do, and so quickly, that it can be hard to keep up. http://is.gd/uxIkOZ
—Younger users: Here are some Pew data on when U.S. teens get their first cellphone. By looking around, you need not guess that the age is trending lower and lower. http://is.gd/5sIl6D
—Cellphone recycling: Go to this page at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find out a handy place to drop off or mail an old cellphone for reuse or for recycling of its precious metal, copper and plastic parts. http://is.gd/RDcLhu
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