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Ways to use your mobile better
Member Name: MHWake
Date: 02/07/01, updated on 02/07/01 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Essential to run your life efficiently, You can use services to save money on your mobile
Disadvantages: Costly if you aren't careful
I'm one of those sad people who never wanted a mobile and couldn't imagine why anyone would need one for personal use. As soon as I got one as a birthday present I came to see how useful a mobile could be. Now of course, I'm completely dependent on it. I'm on my third mobile by now, although they've got cheaper and worse each time -1st (Trium) had Internet access and all sorts- it drowned in coffee; 2nd (sorry can't remember make just now)was stolen by a pickpocket; 3rd (Nokia)still seems to be going strong......
Rather than explain how useful they can be (no more waiting helplessly for people unsure if you've got the right time/place/date) or detail what operator or tariff is the best value for money (pick the one your closest friends use)I'm going to discuss a few ways you can save money when using your mobile.
First, find out about the offers that come with your particular phone. Take advantage of them. If you get free calls to a landline at weekends, make your calls to friends and family at a weekend, obviously....... If you have to pay a certain amount each day at top rate then get the rest of the calls cheaply (a pay as you go option with some networks) save up your calls so that you take advantage of the cheap ones.
Next, Send text messages rather than talk to people, whenever possible, unless you are phoning people who share the same mobile network. For example, a BT Cellnet to Cellnet call can be as cheap as, or cheaper than, sending a text message.
Take advantage of the services that let you send free text messages. These might be offers that come with your phone (e.g.
one Orange package gives you a certain number of free text messages.) More likely, you can use your PC to send text messages for free. ICQ is the best bet here I think. It doesn't limit the number of messages you can send. Best of all - people can reply straight to your PC. Most of the other providers need you to
keep your fone handy to get replies and the recipient can't just press Reply. S/he has to put in your phone number. (When you get ICQ SMS messages to your PC, ICQ lets you reply by ICQ, text or email - or all 3) So, top tip here - use ICQ to text while you still can.
Only disadvantage - sometimes, it takes a few hours, even days to get a message using ICQ. THis is a problem with SMS using anything. If it's urgent, phone or make sure you get confirmation a message has been received)
You can also use lycos.co.uk, talk2one (a BT thing) and a few others. MSN Messenger was going to introduce the service but apparently the operators have been giving problems and trying to stop people texting from their PCS and I think that MSN never managed to sort it properly. (Please correct this someone) While it's still possible, do it.
Last bit of advice, don't bother with using your mobile to get on the Internet- unless it's an emergency; you have endless patience and a budget the size of Wales; or your company is paying ;-) (It's OK to use your mobile phone to access the net from your mobile computer but in this case you know how much it costs.)