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Cellphone secrets revealed:
The inside info carriers don’t want you to hear
Broadcast: January 23, 2005
A mere decade ago, cellphones
were cumbersome and costly novelty gadgets that could barely
make a decent connection.
Today, they’re sleek and
small on the outside -- and data powerhouses inside.
can do everything from snap photos, access their e-mail,
play video games, play music, use GPS locator systems
to find their way on the highway and … well,
they can still make phone calls.
The wonderful world of wireless
communication was supposed to simplify our lives. Now,
with so many different carriers and dozens and dozens of
different plans, it’s cellphone
bedlam: minutes, dead zones, buy-as-you-go, upgrades, battery
What’s a cellphone user to do?
conducted months of research; we’ve
made hundreds of calls, ploughed through endless contracts
(paying particular attention to the fine print), and analyzed
all the options.
We’ve distilled that data down to
something we’re pretty proud of: five cellphone secrets
to help guide you through the fog of cellphone shopping.
This is the kind of information that you won’t
hear from any of the carriers – the kind of information
that will empower you – with your cellphone in hand.
you only want a cellphone for emergencies, just
keep a charged one in your car. You can always
use it to dial 9-1-1 for free. You don't need a monthly
plan - the phone will connect to emergency
services (though you'll need to tell the emergency
dispatcher where you're located, since the system can't
track a call made via a cellphone).