by Kimberly Dubbeld Deas
Choosing a smartphone can be overwhelming: which features, which style, which carrier? Knowing where to start can save you time and money.
1. Your contract. If you are currently under contract with a carrier, you may be able to get a new phone depending on how long you have been with the company. Check with your carrier to see if you are eligible. Most carriers allow for upgrades after 12 months. Two months before you are out of contract, start looking at different phones and reviewing rebates.
2. The features. If you’re technologically challenged and want a smartphone, the easiest phone to learn is the BlackBerry Curve. It is compact, durable, simple to use and offers lots of options. It also has a built-in QWERTY keyboard, making texting and e-mailing easy. If you like a touch screen, try the BlackBerry Storm or Torch. For the web surfers, consider a larger touch-screen phone. This will allow better viewing and browsing. Note: Touch screens can be a little harder to use for women who have longer fingernails.
3. The carrier. If you have a choice in carriers and are not under contract, consider that each carrier offers different phones. For example, AT&T is the only carrier that offers (currently) the BlackBerry Torch, and AT&T and Verizon are the only carriers offering the iPhone. Next, review each carrier’s service plans. Some phones may require a data package or texting package.
Author: Kimberly Dubbeld Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.