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The Wireless Whiz

About the Book: The Cell Phone Buyer's GuideCell Phone Buyer's Guide

Are you intimidated when you shop for a cell phone? With as many as twelve carriers and three digital technologies in each market, it has never been more of a challenge.

Would you feel more confident if you knew the lingo? You could ask a question using terms the salesman understands. You could answer her questions without feeling stupid because you had no idea what they said.

Use this book to:

  • Learn the three basic elements to consider when you shop for a cell phone.
  • Find out the top ten questions to ask.
  • Master the jargon so you can talk the same language as the cellular sales rep.
  • Decide which features you want in your phone and service before you get to the wireless phone store.
  • Understand the nuances of the wireless phone industry with lots of pointers and illustrations.

A light-hearted, easy-to-read, nontechnical approach to help new cell phone buyers in their purchasing endeavors. Useful information and tips on every page. Includes a glossary teeming with industry lingo.

Excerpt: regarding Coverage—

Before committing to a carrier, see if it has coverage where you will use your phone. Ask your friends which service they have and how they like it. See if you can borrow a phone to test it, either from a friend or from the carrier. You don’t want to be locked into a two-year contract only to find out that your phone doesn’t work in the places that are important to you.

A cheap monthly plan or lots of free minutes won’t mean anything if your phone doesn’t work where you need it to. You can buy the fanciest, most expensive phone and still have dropped calls if the carrier’s coverage is lousy.

from the Author:

The cell phone store can tell you the current rate plans and latest models of phones. This book will help you decide what's important to you before you get to the store. You will be able to ask and answer questions with assurance, whether you are buying a phone for the first time, or buying a second- or third-generation phone.

Happy hunting!

Table of Contents

Service
• The Confusing Part
• ...And It’s Going to Get Worse
• Coverage
• Contract
• Long Distance and Roaming
• Calling Features
• Rate Plans
• One-Rate, Anytime, Anywhere Plans
• Prepaid Plans
• A Plan for Your Lifestyle
• Safe and Secure
• Where the Buffalo Roam
• Torn Between Two Cities
• My One and Only
• Mommy and Me—Light User
• Like, Message Me, Dude!
• May I Help You?—Heavy User
• The Big Kahuna—Power User
• Where to Shop
• Top Ten Questions

Equipment
• Phones
• Features
• Accessories
• Batteries
• Chargers
• Cigarette lighter adapters
• Headsets
• Car kits

Xtras
• Safety
• Health Concerns
• Etiquette
• Emergency Calls & E-9-1-1
• Future Technology

Glossary

Index

Specs:
$8.95
ISBN: 1890154466
100 pages (January 2002)

Aegis Publishing Group, Ltd.
Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 7.00 x 4.00