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Frequently Asked Cell Phone Questions

With a technology that's always evolving, we're always learning everything new and old about them. These are the most frequently asked questions about cell phones.
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How to Receive a Corporate Cell Phone Discount
A few minutes could save you up to 26 percent on your monthly cell phone bill without buying or signing up for anything new. But how? This article reveals the simple secret of the corporate cell phone discount.

How Much Do You Use Cell Phone GPS?
GPS is now heavily integrated into cell phones and cellphones. About.com users share their stories here about cell phone GPS.

Cell Phone Tracking: How to Locate Your Kids With GPS
Various cell phone carriers (including Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Alltel Wireless, Kajeet and more) allow parents to locate their kids with GPS.

GPS Personal Locator: Locate Your Kids With GPS
Though some parents might feel that kids have no business owning a cell phone, one way to quell the concern is to add a GPS personal locator service.

How to Send a Text Message to a Landline Telephone
For the same reason youd sometimes prefer to send a text message to another cell phone, did you know you can text to a landline telephone, too?

What Are the Best Cell Phone Inventions of the 2000 to 2010 Decade?
Over the past decade, which cell phone inventions are the most breakthrough technologies? Share your own answer with About.com!

Cell Phone Number Parking: How to Hold a Number Without Your Bill
Are you going overseas for an extended trip? Do you want to keep your cell phone number without having to pay for your traditional bill? You can with number parking and forwarding.

Number Portability: How to Transfer Your Cell Phone Number
In the U.S., wireless local number portability (WLNP) is a legally mandated service that allows the transfer of a cell phone number from one carrier to another.

How to Block Your Cell Phone Number From Caller ID
When blocking your cell phone number from caller ID, you have two choices. You can do a permanent block or a temporary block on a call-by-call basis.

FAQ: Will Cell Phone Insurance Save You Money?
Is cell phone insurance something you need or would you be losing money on it? This About.com FAQ is your guide to cell phone insurance.

Poll: Do You Prefer a Cell Phone Plan With or Without a Contract?
There are pros and cons to cell phone contracts. Which do you prefer? Vote now!

Poll: How Much Does a Cell Phone’s Name Matter to You?
How much does a cell phone’s name really matter to you? Chime in on this About.com poll.

Poll: Which Cell Phone Carrier Has the Best Customer Service?
A survey in 2009 says T-Mobile has the best customer service. Do you agree? Take the About.com poll of which carrier has the best customer care!

4G Higher-Speed Wireless: Do You Have the Need for 4G Speed?
Based on why you use your cell phone, do you feel you have a need for 4G higher-speed wireless (i.e. for faster video, etc.) rather than 3G wireless?

Have You Called Your Carrier for a Lower Wireless Bill?
Have you called your cell phone service carrier and earned a lower wireless bill simply by asking for it? If so, how did you do it? Share your success stories here!

How Do You Save Cell Phone Money?
While we present a money-saving list to you for help in finding cheap cellular phones and services, we also want to hear from you how you have successfully cut your wireless costs.

Top Cell Phone Tips on Saving Money
Saving money might be the one commonality on everyone’s mind lately. Knowing it, we present to you the About.com list with a wide array of saving-money tips for you to save money on your cell phone, your cell phone plan, text messaging and much mor

Calling Your Carrier is Oldest Trick to Lower Your Wireless Bill
Want a lower wireless bill? One of the oldest tricks in the book that many of us overlook is simply calling your cell phone carrier and literally asking to save money.

Share Your Best Cell Phone Story
When researching a new cell phone purchase, we think like you think and answer what you'd like to know. But our readers have valuable, real-world experience to share with you, too. Here are our top five opportunities for you to have your very own cell phone story published on About.com.

What's Available in Cell Phones for the Deaf Community?
Frequent texting on your cell phone isn’t just for college students and others who use the service insatiably. For the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, texting is the lifeblood of a cell phone’s usefulness. But specifically what’s available in cell phones to cater to those who are deaf or hard of hearing?

FAQ: Should You Cancel Your Home Phone Service, Only Use Your Mobile?
With the ever-growing popularity of cell phones and the ever-stagnating use of landline phones at home, this FAQ article is in response to a prescient question just submitted by an About.com cell phones reader.

FAQ on Used Mobiles: When to Take the Refurbished Cell Phone Plunge
Sometimes what's old and used breeds new appeal to lovers of all things vintage. The concept of buying used cell phones and refurbished cell phones, though, can either fit you like a glass slipper or evoke unfulfilled feelings of not being hip to the most bleeding-edge whizbang.

FAQ: How Do I Contact My Cell Phone Carrier?
This is a listing of mailing addresses and customer service phone numbers for the major cell phone carriers.

FAQ: How Can Parents Safely Limit Calling, Texting For Their Kids?
How can prevents prevent their kids from spending too much on their cell phone bills and safely keep them from talking to certain people? Here's your answer.

Frequently Asked Cell Phone Questions From the FCC
These are frequently asked cell phone questions as answered by the Federal Communications Commission.

Frequently Asked Cell Phone Questions at CellPhoneForums.net
CellPhoneForums.net is a large discussion forum for asking all sorts of cell phone questions.

Cell Phone Questions, Answers From the FDA
The FDA provides a helpful resource for various cell phone questions and answers.

Quality List of Common Cell Phone Questions at WCS Cellphones Online
WCS Cellphones Online provides a quality list of common cell phone questions and answers to them.

Helpful List of Various Mobile Phone Questions at Wiki Answers
Wiki Answers, which is part of the Answers.com network, offers a helpful list of various mobile phone questions and their answers.

Phone Insurance and Warranty Information at PhoneDog.com
This site examines and analyzes the price you pay for insurance and warranties on your smartphone.

Cell Phone Insurance and Warranty Information From MyRatePlan.com
This site offers tips on how to determine if you should pay extra for an insurance plan or extended warranty for your smartphone.

iPhone Support and Service FAQ From Apple
iPhone warranty and repair information, direct from the manufacturer.

Real Simple's Q and A: Should You Extend Your Cell Phone's Warranty?
This brief article tells you when it's worth it to invest in an extended warranty for your smartphone.

What is 4G Wireless?
4G wireless has gotten plenty of hype recently, thanks to Sprint and the launch of the HTC EVO 4G smartphone. But what exactly is 4G wireless?

Guide to Smartphone Warranties From DiscussWireless.com
This website offers tips for selecting the best warranty to protect your new smartphone.

Where Can I Access Sprint's 4G Wireless Service?
4G is still a very new technology and Sprint's network, also called WiMax wireless, isn't yet available in many places. Where, exactly, is it available?

What are Push Notifications?
What are push notifications, and how do they work on your BlackBerry?

What Can BlackBerry Users Do With QR Codes?
Using QR Codes with your BlackBerry can save you time. Here's what you need to know.

How Fast is 4G Wireless Service?
4G service providers like to talk about their super-speedy 4G wireless networks. But just how fast is 4G wireless service, anyway?

What is BlackBerry Internet Service?
What is BlackBerry Internet Service, and how does BIS Work?

Where is T-Mobile 4G Service Available?
T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is not a true 4G network, but does deliver speeds faster than a typical 3G network; it's considered more of a 3.5G network than a true 4G network.

Where is Verizon's 4G LTE Network Available?
Verizon's 4G network was launched in early December 2010 in 38 major metropolitan areas. Where is it available?

Where Is 4G Service Available?
4G service is still in its infancy, and is not yet widely available. Each carrier's service is offered in different locations.

Who Offers High-Speed 4G Wireless Service?
As of this writing, three of the four nationwide cellular carriers offer some form of 4G wireless service.

iPhone Comes to Verizon: What You Need to Know
As had been widely expected, Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone 4. Here are all the details about Verizon's iPhone.

What Are BlackBerry Sound Profiles?
How you manage notifications with BlackBerry sound profiles.

Which Cell Phone is Right for You? An Advanced Smartphone
You require a smartphone with the latest and greatest technology. Here are several models that will meet your needs.

The Best Phone for Me: A Contract-Free or Prepaid Cell Phone
Based on your answers to our Cell Phone Chooser Quiz, your best bet is a contract-free or prepaid cell phone.

What is Inductive Charging?
You may have heard the expression "inductive charging" or "wireless charging" being used when shopping for a new cell phone. But what is inductive charging? Despite sounding like a new cell phone billing system, this technology is all about how we get the juice into our cell phone batteries.

Frequently Asked Cell Phone Questions From the FCC
These are frequently asked cell phone questions as answered by the Federal Communications Commission.

Frequently Asked Cell Phone Questions at CellPhoneForums.net
CellPhoneForums.net is a large discussion forum for asking all sorts of cell phone questions.

Cell Phone Questions, Answers From the FDA
The FDA provides a helpful resource for various cell phone questions and answers.

Quality List of Common Cell Phone Questions at WCS Cellphones Online
WCS Cellphones Online provides a quality list of common cell phone questions and answers to them.

Helpful List of Various Mobile Phone Questions at Wiki Answers
Wiki Answers, which is part of the Answers.com network, offers a helpful list of various mobile phone questions and their answers.

Phone Insurance and Warranty Information at PhoneDog.com
This site examines and analyzes the price you pay for insurance and warranties on your smartphone.

Cell Phone Insurance and Warranty Information From MyRatePlan.com
This site offers tips on how to determine if you should pay extra for an insurance plan or extended warranty for your smartphone.

iPhone Support and Service FAQ From Apple
iPhone warranty and repair information, direct from the manufacturer.

Real Simple's Q and A: Should You Extend Your Cell Phone's Warranty?
This brief article tells you when it's worth it to invest in an extended warranty for your smartphone.

How to Block Your Cell Phone Number From Caller ID
When blocking your cell phone number from caller ID, you have two choices. You can do a permanent block or a temporary block on a call-by-call basis.

Guide to Smartphone Warranties From DiscussWireless.com
This website offers tips for selecting the best warranty to protect your new smartphone.

What is USB OTG?
Anything which makes your phone more useful and more compatible with other devices is good, but what is USB OTG, and why do you want it on your phone?

FAQ on Service Contracts: What if I Want to Jump Cell Phone Ship?
The inspiration for this article was prompted by About.com honeymoons guide Susan Breslow Sardone. Shes pondering this question: How can I make sure I cancel my expiring contract before they renew me but in enough time to switch to another carrier?

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