Mobile Tips

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Mobile Phone tips to follow while driving
- Switch off your Mobile phones in filling stations
- All Road users should have a special responsibility for the safety of themselves, their passengers, other Road users and pedestrians
- Never try to use a hand-held Mobile phone or device for any reason while driving
- Only ever make or take a hands-free call when you are sure it is completely safe to do so. Keep conversations short and easy. End calls that become difficult, distracting or stressful immediately
- Set up advanced functions of your Mobile phone, such as the messaging service, to give yourself time and peace of mind to focus on your driving

How to protect Mobile Phone from Moisture
Moisture causes corrosion of the internal parts of a cell phone.

- To avoid it, hands should slways be dry when handling the cell phone. A protective case is a good preventative measure as well.

- Leaving the cell phone in a safer, dry environment is wise.

- Keeping it attached with a belt clip or 'leash' is another method of preventing accidents when the phone is accompanying the user into a 'moisture rich' environment

Worldwide Emergency Number and IMEI Number
- The Worldwide emergency number for Mobile Phones is 112. When you are out of coverage area merely dial 112 and the mobile will search for any existing network.

- This number 112 can be dialed even while the keypad is locked. That's part of the GSM standard.
- GSM standards accept that code to remap to the local emergency number, be it 911, 111, 999, or in our case 000.

- Disable your stolen phone by noting down 15 digit IMEI number. Press *#06# then a 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to every handset. Note it down and keep it somewhere safe.

- When your cell phone gets stolen then you can call your service provider and give them unique code and they will be able to block your handset. So, even if the thief replace the SIM card your phone will be totally useless.

- You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use or sell it to others.

- If we all follow this then there would be no point in people stealing mobile-phones.

Conserve Mobile Phone's Battery Life
Making unnecessary calls will deplete your battery?s power fast thus making you use your battery charger more often. Playing games and playing music can be done at intervals but not to the extent that you mostly use your cellular phone as an entertainment tool instead of as the communications machine that it should be.

Take care not to wet your battery charger or to place it where moist can develop. Water is sure to damage any electrical device and your battery charger is no different. Keep your battery charger in a dry spot all the time and do not take it for granted. Put it inside water proof or water tight covers so that you do not have to keep on worrying about it.

Read your mobile phone battery charger?s manufacturer?s warnings & recommendations. Your owner?s manual should have care tips on your battery charger too. Each battery charger has its own specifications and you should follow it.

Jailbreaking Your iPhone
Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you to eliminate the restrictions imposed on tailoring your cell phone to your specifications by your software. It is important that this be done properly and carefully so that no damage is done to the software causing the phone to malfunction.

Though this is a possible risk it is not a common one. What this process achieves is liberation of sorts. You can add customized options such as ring tones and wallpapers which are generally restricted on the phones. Considering the cost of the cell phone itself, you should be able to personalize the phone the way you want.

Using Mobile Camera's Flash
Mobile Phone camera flash is different, average person uses a camera phone the same way he uses a point-and-shoot camera - Whip it out, power it up, and take the picture. But the flash may wash out the shot's color; and the ISO may be set at an absurdly high level, making for blocky, noisy images.

The flash from a mobile phone is not the same as the flash in your digital camera or, your traditional film camera. Mobile camera flash can wash out the shot?s color. If it is a really important shot and the lighting is suspect, get two shots in, one with flash and the other without.

Wiping The Display
Nearly all of us will use any surface fabric that?s available to clean a handset?s display - T-Shirt, table cloth or hanky. But it tends to leave small scratches and streaks on the screen.

This is something that you have to pay special attention to especially if you?re using a touchscreen handset. The last thing you want to do is leave marks over that screen.

Microfiber cloth is very easily available for this purpose. Companies like Scotch-Brite and Staples carry the same and price-wise shouldn?t cost you more than 100 Rupees.

Some handsets like the iPhone have one bundled with the packaging. Try not to press the LCD too hard as one of the main reasons displays go on the fritz is because of too much pressure applied to the screen.

Microfiber cloths are also great for cleaning Laptop & desktop displays as well as your CDs and DVDs. A liquid cleaner is also available, but use it sparsely.

Nokia 3330 Codes
*#06# - This will show your warranty details

*#92702689#*3370# - Basically increases the quality of calling sound, but decreases battery length.

#3370# - Deactivates the above

*#0000# - Shows your software version

*#746025625# - This shows if your phone will allow sim clock stoppage

Mobile Phone Care - Liquid Damage
Don't take your cell phone in the bathroom with you when you are showering. The steam that you see on your mirror when you get out of the shower, has also built up inside your cell phone which will result in corrosion over time.

Don't put your cell phone on the dinner table. Every time you go out to eat and the waitress is seating you, you can see countless tables of people with their cell phone just sitting out on the table ready to get a drink spilled on it....!!

Don't take your cell phone to the bar or club! If you do take your cell phone to the bar or club with you, leave it in your purse or pocket and when you need to use it make sure there are no drinks around.

Proper Cell Phone Handling
Try not to drop your phone. Depending on what type of surface it lands on, dropped phones can suffer cracked screens or dislodged internal components.

The worst damage occurs when a falling phone is connected to an accessory such as a headset, as the impact often bends or rips out the jack where the accessory connects to the phone.

While you're walking around, a good way to keep your phone securely at your side is to use a belt clip or a holster.

Another good reason to use a carrying case or belt clip is to keep the phone from being mashed inside a briefcase.

Cracked display screens or broken antennas can result when someone tries to squeeze a handset into an overloaded briefcase.

Protect Your Number
Only give your phone number out to people that you want to have it. You can hide your number by setting it to 'private' in the settings of your phone, but there's an even easier way - dial 1831 before you call.

For example, if you wanted to call 02 9870 2200, but didn't want the person on the other end to see your number, you should ring 1831 02 9870 2200 instead.

(This works when you're ringing from and to a mobile or a landline phone! This has been tested in Australia, there may be another prefix you should dial elsewhere in the world

Do's & Dont's - Mobile Phone Care
--- Do not drop, throw, sit on, or paint your phone.

--- Do not leave your phone in car overnight or in extreme hot or cold weather.

--- Do not expose your phone to extreme temperature changes

--- Do not expose your phone to water or other liquids.

--- Do not chew or let your pets and kids on the antenna or other part of phone. This also includes licking, spitting on.

--- Do not leave on charger for more than 12 hours on a home charger and one hour on a car charger, do not plug phone into car charger while turning ignition. This can cause a short in battery.

--- Do not place phone is purse if you carry cosmetics, perfume, lotions, or oils. These can leak and affect your phone.

--- Protect your phone with a case, especially if you work in wet, cold, or dusty environments. Phones are designed to be kept in cases, just like eyeglasses, they are very delicate objects and are costly to replace or repair.

--- If you have a Sim Card in your phone please do not try to access features you do not have, like the internet, this can lock up your Sim card and then it would have to be replaced, losing all stored info.

Will constant use of in-car charger damage battery?
This will depend on what type of car charger you have. If you have what is known as an 'intelligent' charger it will cut the charge rate from full charge down to trickle charge when the battery is full.

On the other hand if your car charger is not this type, it will charge the battery continuously at full charge rate and this is when your battery suffers damage from overcharging and its performance and efficiency will be effected.

An easy way to check what type of car charger you have is to feel your battery after it has been on the car charger for about 2 hours. If the battery is hot it is likely that you do not have an 'intelligent' charger.

Formatting N-Series Nokia Mobile Phone
Switch off the phone and Press and Hold 3, * and Call (Send or Green button) buttons.
--- Then power on phone and keep holding on the 3 buttons till you come to a 'Format Screen' or 'Language Selection Screen'.
--- This is the hard reset which helps the phone to tackle almost all problems and make all the 'settings' to default. After format, the security code would be reset to default 12345

Help Save The Battery Life On Your Iphone 3G
Here are some tips to save your battery life. Follow these directions below:

--> First go to settings.
--> Turn airplane mode on.
--> Turn wi-fi off because your phone is consistently looking for the nearest wi-fi area and thats using a lot of battery.
--> Go to fetch data and turn push off next turn fetch to hourly cause your iphone is always looking for mail and texting and thats using juice.
--> Go to sounds and turn both vibrates off because if you get a lot of calls then vibration uses battery too.
--> Go to brightness and turn your brightness half way cause if you leave your phone on your brightness size will also use battery like if you leave your brightness high that will do some damage on your battery so keep it half to save you life.
--> Next go to ipod on your settings and turn your eq off.
--> Next go to general and turn location services off.
--> Go to phone on settings and turn international services off.

General Mobile Phone Tip
Mobile phones are susceptible to liquid logging and there are chances that water / oil / milk / tea / cold drink / curry / shaving foam may get in and damage it. Please ensure you keep your phone away from all such things. The phone can not be repaired if it's undergone moisture damage. The manufacturer does not give any warranty for such cases.

---> The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) may get damaged in case pressure is applied on the surface. While keeping the phone in the pocket or while seated, always check that it is not in contact with any sharp/hard object. It's advisable to use pouches or mobile phone covers to avoid LCD damage.

---> The plastic cosmetic parts lose their glare/color due to heavy exposure to sun light. To avoid direct sun exposure, one must use mobile pouches or covers.

---> Every mobile handset has an IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity), which is a unique number and one can access this number by pressing *#06#. The mobile warranty is attached to the IMEI number, and it's also useful in the event of theft.

---> The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you are out of coverage area, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network. This number 112 can be dialed even while the keypad is locked.

---> Mobile phones should not be frequently charged, it may reduce the battery life. Always track the battery charge indicator, and carry mobile charger in purse/bag/car to avoid the contingency of battery discharge.

---> It's always advisable to install antivirus software on your mobile phone.

---> When your phone is out of network coverage, switch off the handset or else the battery may get drained.

---> Finger nails or sharp objects may damage the keypad. Use fingers while pressing the keys.

---> Bluetooth should be turned on only when it is required. Keeping Bluetooth on unnecessarily makes your phone open to malicious viruses.

---> To enhance the life of your charger, it should be unwound and disentangled.

---> While removing the battery, it's advisable to first switch the handset off.

---> When your mobile phone is not used for a long duration, remove the battery and keep it separately.

How To Install The Modem Driver For CDMA Phones
If you want to access internet on your PC using your phone?s internet connection then you must have the modem drivers installed in your pc to start using the internet access and if by any chance your pc doesn?t have the modem driver the internet will not work on your pc although it will work in your phone.

Just follow the simple steps to install the default CDMA phone driver:

1) Click on the start button and then click on the control panel option. In the control panel window click on the phone and modem options.

2) Now just follow the instructions on the wizard and install a new modem on the computer but be careful on the fact that you should manually select the standard 33600 modem among the available default options. Do not let the computer to detect automatically plug and play modem.

3) After you are done with this you can install the modem on any available default COM port.

4) After you have installed the modem, right click on the icon and select the properties option. Then you need to configure the Extra Initialization command under the advanced menu options. Set the Extra Initialization command to AT+CRM=1.

5) To complete the whole process you need to create a new connection using the new connections wizard.

The Detective Trick
You can spy on anyone using your cell phone. Just do the following:

1) Activate the 'Automatic Answer' in the headset profile of your cell phone and set the ringing volume to 'Mute'.

2) Short-circuit the left middle and right pins on the bottom of the mobile phone with all connections touching each other this will activate profile 'Headset'. If you cant do this just keep your earphone connected to mobile.

3) Now place it under a table in a room and call it. Now you can use your phone for checking out what people are talking about in a room. Just call on your phone.

4) The phone receives the call without ringing and you can listen to what people are saying.

Emergency Situation Tips
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112

If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly .. this number 112 can be dialed even while the keypad is locked.

Tips On Managing Your Mobile Phone Bill
1. Consider pre-paid - If you are concerned about how much you will spend on your mobile, are not sure what exactly your needs are, and do not want to sign a long-term contract, consider the pre-paid option first.

Getting a pre-paid first will help you understand how much you?ll use your mobile. You can always change to a plan at a later date, and your experience using a pre-paid can provide you with useful information to help you evaluate what type of plan would match your needs.

2. Choose a plan to suit you - whether you opt for a pre-paid or post-paid contract, you?ll find there?s a huge choice of options available to suit many different needs.

3. Cost of calls - Going for the plan with the lowest basic call costs may not necessarily be the best or cheapest option for you ? it?ll also depend on how much you use other services, such as SMS, voicemail, etc.

If you use SMS more than voice, you might find, for example, and that there is a plan which charges slightly more for voice, but less for SMS ? providing a cheaper service for you overall.

It?s also worth taking the time to consider when you use the phone, and whether you can benefit from plans which allow you free or cheaper calls at certain times of day, or to certain people.

4. Select a service that allows you to check your mobile credit - Some mobile companies have options to help you keep track of, and manage, your spend like Spend alerts that let you know if you?ve reached a certain ?spend? within a given time period & Free call number to check account balance & Call barring to keep your bill down by limiting the numbers called from your phone by using call barring. For example, you might want to bar international calls, or calls to premium rate numbers.

5. Stop others using your mobile phone - Minimize the risk of losing your phone and/or someone using it without your permission by treating your phone as you would any valuable item. Never leave your mobile in the car & Keep your mobile on you - never put it down in a public place or leave it unattended.

Care Tips For Your Mobile Phone
Following are some very basic steps you can take to keep yours mobile safe:

1. Always keep your mobile free from dust. Try to use some covers to cover the mobile and protect it from dust. Dust is one of major enemies of a mobile.

2. Use only genuine charger as per specified by the mobile company to charge your mobile. It will help in properly charging your mobile plus it will boost the battery life of your mobile.

3. Avoid frequent charging of your mobile. Try to charge mobile only when it is required, that is when your mobile indicates that the battery is low.

4. Do not download software and games from unauthorized websites and unknown sources.

5. Try to have good anti-virus installed in your mobile (Symbian OS mobile).

6. Keep away your mobile from moisture and water because that could damage its sensitive circuits. If your mobile has fallen into water then immediately take out the battery from the mobile and take it nearest company service Centre.

If you keep the above points in your mind then you will be able to properly safeguard your mobile phone(both GSM and CDMA).

Summer Season Mobile Phone Care Tips
As the summer in some countries can be quite extreme, don't subject your phone to harsh weather conditions. Just like you, your phone can cook and fry in the blazing heat of the sun.

If you use your phone in the car, it's a good idea NOT to leave it there on a sweltering afternoon. Extreme heat can damage the battery or transceiver, the part of the phone that pulls in radio signals and transforms them into voice.

Similarly, use caution when using the phone in extreme cold weather. Phones do not recover from frostbite. See your mobile phone manual for more detailed information about acceptable weather conditions for your phone.

Symptoms Of Virus Infection
Your mobile may go into re-starting frequently.
-- Your mobile may operate slower than usual.
-- Your mobile may stop obeying commands or locks up often.
-- You may not be able to access some applications in your mobile.
-- Some applications on your mobile may refuse to work properly.
-- Unusual error messages may occur often and menus may appear unclear.
-- Icons which you did not put may crop up and recently opened attachments may have dual extensions.
-- Installed antivirus is likely to be disabled or the program may not start.
-- New antivirus cannot be installed and even if it is installed, it will refuse to work until the phone is debugged.
-- Battery depletion rate is likely to increase because the virus through its malicious operations will over labor the battery.

Tips On Keypad Problems
Keypad jam' is a term used to describe a situation whereby the alphabets or numeric on a mobile or cell phone will refuse to take commands.

Any of the following could create this problem:

1. If your phone falls.
2. Contact with Water.
3. Dust buildup.
4. If a screw or clip is loose.
5. If wrong housing /fascia/ casing is used.
6. If for any reason the ground pins for keypads are not properly contacting or damaged.
7. Firmware bug or viral attack could cause this problem.
8. Damaged keypad could also create this situation.
9. Defect in the main board.

SOLUTIONS

Take the phone to a certified technician or back to the source especially if the phone is still under the warranty period.

If the phone had a fall, this will create disalignment. Check for loose screws, catches, breakages or missing components. Carefully align the parts and you are back on track.

If the problem is created by dust, a little clean up of the keypad and the electronics will do the trick. If you cannot deal with it, send it in. Remember, if you are under warranty, any seal broken will void it.

If you want to do it yourself, restrict your operation to the visible areas immediately after the covers. Any attack on the chassis by an untrained hand might create more problems-earths may be displaced; Camera button or Bluetooth contact among others may be affected.

Swappable covers must be properly 'sited'. Care must be taken while unscrewing fascias and release catches with care where applicable, using an implement with a blunt blade around the edges, turning the blade now and then. Make sure that everything is reconnected properly and do not break any bits to avoid problems later.

Do not put painted housing on your phone because the paints may come off gradually, leaving debris on contact points between keypad and the next plate and this could lead to inability of keypad to execute commands later.

If the problem is on account of firmware bug/virus, debugging will suffice.While some mobile phones will require flashing to get going, remember to have your firmware updated regularly.

If the keypad is damaged, have it replaced and you are ready to go. Main board problems are better handled by service providers. Sometimes, phones with main board problems are recalled.

Tips on Mobile Phone Charging Problems
Sometimes, you may connect your phone to power supply and it will display 'Not Charging'.

The following are the problem areas and solutions:

? Use another charger to eliminate the possibility of a bad charger.

? Make sure that the charger you use is the recommended one. This will eliminate the possibility of damage to the battery or phone or both as well as effect to the battery life span.

? If you want to use a USB for charging, make sure that your phone supports it and that the option is switched on.

? Use or try another battery to eliminate the possibility of a bad battery.

? If the battery has been out of use for awhile, it may take awhile before the charging icon appears. In the alternative, you could have it boosted by a technician.

? High quality batteries will eventually loose power retention capacity. The battery may need a replacement.

? The charging port may be bad. Have it replaced by a certified technician.

Tips For Mobile Phones In Cold Weather
The first tip is in regards to charging your phone or PDA frequently since cold temperatures can rundown a battery charge more. Most of us have experienced this in the form of our car not starting because the cold has drained our car battery.

Another tip is to be sure to keep your mobile phone protected from the cold as well since the display cover can become brittle in cold temperatures. Also, cold temperatures can affect a mobile phone's display screen so it is recommended that phones be kept in an inside jacket pocket or close to your body for warmth.

Finally, it's smart to maintain a list of emergency phone numbers on your phone in case you need to call police, fire, rescue agencies, power companies or insurance providers in addition to family, friends and co-workers.

It's funny that most of us don't think about our mobile phone when temperatures drop below freezing. In reality, our mobile phone can be our lifeline in an emergency. That being said, it's probably a good idea that you make sure it's working when you need it the most.

Wet Mobile Repair Tips
If your phone gets wet, follow these steps:

1. DO NOT turn your water damaged cell phone on! This will cause it to short out and could cause permanent damage.

2. Remove the battery immediately.

3. DO NOT use a blow dryer! Although your phone may seem to be dry, the inside circuit board will still be wet.

4. Use a Zip-Lock Bag. Put the WET phone into a Zip-Lock bag and ship it to a cell phone water damage repair specialist immediately.

Mobile Phone Health Tips - Prevention
1) Cell phones should be used for emergencies, and not for long conversations.

2) A small chip-like cell phone microwave radiation protection device is available, which has the ability to absorb electromagnetic energy waves from your mobile phone. It helps in reducing the potential harmful effects of these emissions to the human body.

3) Using a mobile headset is a good idea, you don't have to hold phones next to your ears all the time. Use a hands free mobile car kit while driving, without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

4) Avoid Driving & mobile phone talking.

5) Mobile phones should not be used in Intensive Care Units of hospitals as they can pose a danger to patients by interfering with the working of pacemakers and defibrillators.

6) People with hearing aids should not use mobile phones.

7) Base stations, which have low powered antennae on their terrace to communicate with cell phones, should not be located near children's schools and playgrounds.

Tips To Increase Your Cell Phone's Reception
If your cell phone's reception is adequate just outside your home, your carrier may not be the problem. The problem may actually lie in the type of material used when building your home.

Some types of materials used during a home's construction can interfere with a cell signal. For instance, concrete structures use rebar, which is too dense for most cell signals to penetrate. Stucco exteriors and interiors use wire mesh, which can also interfere with signals.

Even aluminum siding can be problematic because it tends to reflect cell signals, instead of absorbing them. If you don't have construction related issues, you may have issues inside your home.

Everyday electronic devices, such as computer screens, blenders, or microwaves, can interfere with a cell tower's signal if they're operational at the time of the call.

If you suspect your interference is coming from an electronic device, simply move away from it while you're on the call, or turn it off. If your reception improves, you've found the culprit.

If you've tried everything and still don't have good cell phone reception in your home, you may want to consider a cellular repeater.

A cellular repeater is a large antenna that attaches to your roof, or another object. located adjecent to your home. The antenna's program allows it to seek the strongest cellular signal available, then 'repeats' it to the smaller antenna, located inside your home.

A good cellular repeater can increase your signal strength up to 1000%, and are manufacturered for any cellular network in the US. This will probably fix your problem, but they are pricey.

Repeater packages for homes and small offices can run between $400 - $900 for a 3,000 square foot area. Larger homes that require more coverage area will, of course, be higher.

Tips For Using Cashback Deals
1. You can often find the best deals at the end of the month, when retailers scramble to achieve their targets. Referral sites are often too slow to track these deals, because they appear and disappear quickly.

2. Make sure you can afford the upfront payments.

3. Do your research and ask for a second opinion from PDAs discussion board.

4. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly and save a copy. Don't sign up if you don't understand them, and be happy that you can and will claim your cash back at the right times.

5. Prepare your cashback returns the moment you get your phone.

6. Stick with companies that are reputable, although these can be hard to find!

7. Send cashback claims by special delivery with the Royal Mail's 'consequential loss' cover to ensure sufficient compensation if its undelivered. Remember to check the address to send it to each time, to ensure it hasn't changed. This has caused problems for claimants before.

Cell Phone Routine Care Tips
1) Take the time at the end of each day, before you charge your cell phone, to remove and dust or dirt particles that may be on the screen or in between the keys. This will prevent malfunctions that result from dust gathering on the computer chip, which allows the cell phone to work and operate the way that it does.

2) When you plug in your cell phone to charge, make sure that the charger is all the way plugged into the phone. This will allow the battery to charge for the proper amount of time, and will help your battery function properly in the future.

3) When you have your cell phone in your pocket, make sure that it does not get damaged. Try not to put it in the same pocket as your car/house keys, because the keys might damage or scratch the exterior of the phone.

4) Try not to leave your cell phone in direct sunlight. The sun can damage that surface of the phone, and can cause the phone to overheat, resulting in damages that are beyond repair.

5) Try not to get your mobile phone wet. Everyone knows that liquids are not good for electronics and can result in serious damage.

Phone Battery Care Tips
For your initial charge, charge your cellphone for 14 hours (and to be on the safe side do this for the second charge).

-- Don't overcharge once the bars are full detach from the power source.

-- Establish a routine for yourself, for example make it clear when you charge your phone remains constant.

-- The best time to charge your phone is at night. this ensures that the battery is full.

-- Be careful, should a battery overheat the cells inside are being damaged take care of how you charge your phone.

-- Make sure that the brand of your charger matches the brand and the make of your cellphone.

Care Tips for your Mobile Phone
Here are some very basic steps you can take to keep yours mobile safe:

1. Always keep your mobile free from dust. Try to use some covers to cover the mobile and protect it from dust. Dust is one of major enemies of a mobile.

2. Use only genuine charger as per specified by the mobile company to charge your mobile. It will help in properly charging your mobile plus it will boost the battery life of your mobile.

3. Avoid frequent charging of your mobile. Try to charge mobile only when it is required, that is when your mobile indicates that the battery is low.

4. Do not download software and games from unauthorized websites and unknown sources.

5. Try to have good anti-virus installed in your mobile (Symbian OS mobile).

6. Keep away your mobile from moisture and water because that could damage its sensitive circuits. If your mobile has fallen into water then immediately take out the battery from the mobile and take it nearest company service Centre.

Care Tips For Your Mobile Phone
Following are some very basic steps you can take to keep yours mobile safe:

1. Always keep your mobile free from dust. Try to use some covers to cover the mobile and protect it from dust. Dust is one of major enemies of a mobile.

2. Use only genuine charger as per specified by the mobile company to charge your mobile. It will help in properly charging your mobile plus it will boost the battery life of your mobile.

3. Avoid frequent charging of your mobile. Try to charge mobile only when it is required, that is when your mobile indicates that the battery is low.

4. Do not download software and games from unauthorized websites and unknown sources.

5. Try to have good anti-virus installed in your mobile (Symbian OS mobile).

6. Keep away your mobile from moisture and water because that could damage its sensitive circuits. If your mobile has fallen into water then immediately take out the battery from the mobile and take it nearest company service Centre.

If you keep the above points in your mind then you will be able to properly safeguard your mobile phone(both GSM and CDMA).

Guide To Purchasing Mobile Phone Insurance

1) Avoid exposing cell phones to extreme temperatures. Heat can damage the battery and the electronics of a cell phone. Thus, leaving a phone sitting in a hot car is inadvisable. Cold can cause damage to them as well, particularly temporary loss of the screen display.

2) Avoid exposure to dampness. Moisture causes corrosion of the internal parts of a cell phone. To avoid this, hands should be dry when handling the cell phone and a protective case can be a good preventative measure as well.

It's not uncommon for cell phone repair techs to work on phones that have been dropped into sinks, toilets, swimming pools, and so forth. Leaving the cell phone in a safer, dry environment is wise but keeping it attached with a belt clip or 'leash' is another method of preventing accidents when the phone must accompany the user into a 'moisture rich' environment.

3) Keep the cell phone secured. Dropping a cell phone is obviously not healthy for it. Again, clips, 'leashes' etc. can be a good precaution.

4) Avoid scratches and other surface damage by using a case or 'skin' for protection. Throwing an uncovered cell phone into a purse or pocket with an array of sharp objects contained in it or other substances that might leak on to it is risky.

5) Charge your battery appropriately. The battery is often what most limits the life of a cell phone. Manufacturer guidelines clearly outline exactly how and when a battery should be charged to assure it reaches its maximum life expectancy.

6) Keep the cell phone clean. This is more about the cell phone user's health than the phone's well being. Think about it, a person's hands have more bacteria and micro-organisms clinging to them than any other part of the body.

Their mouth is not exactly pristine either and is certainly a prime entry point for the critters that show up on a cell phone handset. Using anti-bacterial wipes can help ward off some of these little monsters. A micro-fiber cloth is also good for keeping the LCD screen easy to read and scratch free.

Safety Tips For Mobile Phone Users

1. Use your phone's security lock code, if it has one.
2. Disable bluetooth, if not in use.
3. Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
4. Install Anti-virus Software.
5. Record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) of your CDMA phone.
6. Consider separate Insurance.
7. GSM Phones have a unique IMEI number. Key in *#06# to find yours, record it, and keep it safe.
8. Properly mark your phone with your postcode and House No. to help police identify stolen ones.
9. Enable the PIN Code on the handset.
10. Only unlock the phone when you need to use it.
11. Never buy a phone unless you know the seller is the owner, can they produce the original packaging or a receipt?
12. Don't give your mobile phone to strangers on the pretext of emergency situation. They may slip away with your mobile handset.
13. Report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately and insist for an acknowledgment.
14. Inform your Service Provider if your phone is stolen or lost.
15. Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use. Don't attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street.

Mobile Phone Battery - Do's & Don'ts

Do's:

- Properly 'condition' (fully charge/discharge for first 3 cycles) the battery when it is new.
- Keep the battery and the contact terminals clean.
- Avoid exposing the battery to extreme heat and cold.
- Use the battery. If possible, avoid letting your battery sit dormant for long periods of time.
- Use only the phone options and accessories that you really need.
- Charge and re-condition a battery after an extended idle period.

Don'ts:

- Toss, drop, or otherwise abuse the battery.
- Short-circuit the battery.
- Open and expose the cell contents.
- Modify the battery casing and/or housing.
- Allow the battery to be exposed to rain or excessive moisture.
- Incinerate a battery. Properly dispose of a used battery.

Basic Tips
It's always advisable to install antivirus software on your mobile phone.
-- Make the best use of the user manual.
-- When your phone is out of network coverage, switch off the handset or -- else the battery may get drained.
-- Finger nails may damage the keypad. Use fingers while pressing the keys.
-- Bluetooth should be turned on only when it is required. Keeping Bluetooth on unnecessarily makes your phone open to malicious viruses.
-- To enhance the life of your charger, it should be unwound and disentangled.
-- While removing the battery, it's advisable to first switch the handset off.
-- When your mobile phone is not used for a long duration, remove the battery and keep it separately.
-- Always use accessories recommended by the manufacturer.

Tips on Mobile Maintenance

Looking after your mobile helps to ensure it has a long and productive life. There are 8 easy maintenance tips to help you get the best out of your mobile phone.

All of the points below should also apply to your battery, charger and any other accessories.

Keep Your Mobile:

1. Charged: Ensure your battery is fully charged, and then completely run it down before recharging. Recharging too early causes your battery to run out of power more quickly.

2. Secure: For security reasons, enable the PIN on your SIM Card and Phone-lock on your phone to avoid unauthorized used. These security checks will also be activated when the phone is power cycled. You can check with your carrier or the phone manual for the features and also for information on blocking your SIM card and phone IMEI number if the phone is stolen. For more information please see the Security Tips located on the AMTA Lost and Stolen website.

3. Protected: Make sure you use a keypad lock to lock your phone. Unplanned calls can cost a fortune and even though your phone may be in a safe place, such as in a bag, your phone will still get knocked around to a surprising degree. Rough treatment can damage electronic circuit boards so avoid dropping or unnecessarily shaking your phone.

4. Battery: Be safe with your batteries. Use only genuine batteries from your phone manufacturer and only buy from authorized dealers. Going for the cheap option of a counterfeit battery can be dangerous.

5. Clean: Don't use harsh detergents, cleaning solvents or harsh chemicals to clean your phone. Wipe only with a soft cloth

6. Covered: a protective cover will help repel dust and dirt, and prevent scratches. Make sure the cover you choose is of good quality. Low quality covers with no air pockets can damage you phone by creating humidity inside the cover.

7. At the right temperature: To ensure a long life, keep your phone in a stable temperature. Avoid exposing your phone to liquid and/or exposing your phone to extreme temperature change from hot to cold and vice versa. This might create condensation and damage the phone.

Lost Mobile Tips

There are thousands of people who lose their valuable mobile phones every day and this costs them a lot because its not just the mobile phone handset they have lost but more important is the loss of their important data, contacts, images & video's stored in the mobile phone memory.

Here are some important tips which every mobile phone user should take care of before they end up losing a important gadget:

1. Always try to take a backup of all your mobile phone data by using a data card/bluetooth and having a backup on your laptop/computer which you can later restore into a mobile phone in case you lose your mobile phone or in case it crashes.

2. Contact your local Police Station[PS] as soon as possible once you lose your mobile phone and try to file a FIR[First Information Report] with the complete information of your cell phone handset, model, IMIE number, batter number if possible, lost mobile phone number, current contact details and this is a free service and you dont need to pay any amount to the police department.

3. Reach your Telecom Service Providers office as soon as possible and file a complaint about the loss of your handset with a copy of your FIR and request them to cancel the current SIM card and try to reissue a new one with the Same number, because this way you can make sure that the new owner of your mobile phone does not make any calls from your mobile phone and also you dont expect huge post-paid mobile phone bills which you have not used.

4. Whenever you buy a new mobile phone you are offered a manual on how to use this new handset, you can check out the complete process on how to activate keypad and you need to always use this feature because if you lose your mobile phone the new owner would try to contact any local store to unlock the phone and your chances of recovering the mobile phone may increase.

5. You can always take a backup of all your important contact numbers, email ID's, Address Locations because it helps in case you lose your mobile phone and its very important to have a copy of this data. Either export the whole list onto your PC using PCSuite kind of softwares. Another option would be to manually write down all these details into a book or Ms Excel Spread Sheet. You can also use any of your non-usable SIM card which is not actived but has some memory space generally 200-500 records.

6. If your mobile phone is stolen or lost while travelling its always better to go for a mobile phone insurance prior to this kind of situation because you can also get back the complete cost of your handset once its verified that you have lost the phone. The Insurance coverage would help you out in getting back all your money and get a new handset.

How To Update Your Mobile Phone Software

For optimum service from your phone, a software update is recommended from time to time. This can also prevent you from future problems. This exercise comes with the benefits of getting new features as soon as they are available. If occasionally your phone ?freezes, hangs up unexpectedly, vibrates continuously or fails to perform?, these are signs of a problem brewing.

If the phone has not had any serious fall or contact with water, you should quickly do an update or have a new version installed to take care of the problem. A bug attack could also create a problem of this nature and this may require flashing.

A software update can be done easily through the internet once you access the phone manufacturers' website of the particular phone you want to update through your computer. Keeping your software updated also allows you access to enhancements.

Before you commence update, ensure that you have enough memory capacity and that your battery has enough strength for the journey. Of course you have to have the appropriate cable required for connection.

Since updating in some devices means that user or personal data such as contacts, messages, photos etc will overwritten, you should create a backup of everything saved to avoid their loss. How long the process takes will depend upon the speed of your ISP and which phone model is being updated.

Conflicts have been observed between software applications and connections. If this is noticed, it is possible to configure them so that they can be left running during synchronization. Service firmware updates from manufacturers are usually free through their websites but if you update over a mobile network or an ISP, you have to pay for data transfer. Since soft wares cannot be downgraded, devices require software updates too.

If your update refuses to go through, it could be that your phone firmware version is not available yet or may not be available in your country or through your service provider yet or may not have been approved by your service provider. Over time, the service will be available or reach your phone manufacturer through their website. If you cannot handle this exercise, please see a certified technician or your service provider for necessary assistance.

Mobile Phone Safety

>> Only use your Mobile Phone in areas where there are other people. Avoid taking secluded short cuts.

>> Be prepared, don't think it can't happen to me, Have your own personal safety plan. It doesn't pay to advertise.

>> Keep your Mobile Phone out of sight.

>> Leave an area if you feel unsafe. Trust your instincts.

>> Extra vigilance can produce results. You are less likely to become a victim if you are aware of your surroundings.

>> Phones have a unique IMEI number, key in *#06# to find yours, record it, and keep it safe.

>> Have a PIN number that is unique to you, change it when you first get the phone.

>> Only unlock the phone when you need to use it.

>> Never buy a phone unless you know the seller is the owner, can they produce the original packaging or a receipt?

Top Ten Handy Tips for Fast SMSing
Text using both hands.
Learn the location of your letters.
Remember to text in shorthand.
Check you are texting the right number.
Limber up your fingers with some stretching exercises.
Nip your nails in the bud.
Find the fastest finger.
Get to know ur phones functions and features.
Clean your phone. A non-stick mobile is a quick mobile.
Practice makes perfect, become a text machine!

Try Not To Drop Your Phone
Depending on what type of surface your mobile phone lands on - always try not to drop it. Dropped phones can suffer cracked screens or dislodged internal components.

The worst damage occurs when a falling phone is connected to an accessory such as a headset, as the impact often bends or rips out the jack where the accessory connects to the phone. While you're walking around, a good way to keep your phone securely at your side is to use a belt clip or a holster.

Another good reason to use a carrying case or belt clip is to keep the phone from being mashed inside a briefcase. Cracked display screens or broken antennas can result when someone tries to squeeze a handset into an overloaded briefcase.

Mobile Phone Tips & Tricks

Use a speaker phone accessory while driving as this allows you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Do not permit a battery out of the phone to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewellery.
If by mistake you have done something wrong in the settings and you are not able to switch back to original settings then you can reset the settings by typing *#7780#.
If a program hangs and you can't shut it down, select the application in the application switching window and press 'C' to close it. It's also a faster way to exit programs.
For checking the Call Redirection status Type *#61# and press call.
If your phone doesn't have incoming call barring and outgoing call barring, you can try this. For outgoing call barring dial *33*barcode*# and pres OK. To deactivate it dial #33#barcode*#.
Close unnecessary active applications like IM chat, instead of letting them run in the background.
If you need to block SMS reception (if you are spammed by someone) just press this code: *35*xxxx*16# xxxx is your Call Barring code (default is 0000). To remove this barring type: #35*xxxx#.
When the SIM card-pin blocked type **042*pin2 old*newpin2*newpin2*.
In order to keep oneself away from the hackers ensure that a strong password is created for your mobile PC. Also change your passwords one in a month.

Routine Mobile Phone Care Tips & Tricks

1) Mobile phones have huge chances of getting damaged if any water / Oil / milk / tea /Cold drink / curry / shaving foam may get in as mobile phones are susceptible to liquid logging.

2) Keeping Bluetooth on unnecessarily increases the chances of your mobile catching to malicious viruses.Bluetooth should be turned on only when it is required.

3) To enhance the life of your charger it must be unwound and disentangled.

4) While removing the battery it's always advisable to first switch the handset off.

5) Use fingers while pressing the keys. Fingernails or sharp objects may damage the keypad.

6) Use the accessories as recommended by the manufacturer whenever needed.

7) When your phone is out of network coverage, switch off the handset or else the battery may get drained.

8) Remove the battery and keep it separately if your mobile phone is not used for long time.

9) There are four kinds of batteries available in the market. Always go for the Lithium Polymer battery as it represents blending of capacity, size and value.

10) If you know you're travelling to an area without coverage or with only roaming coverage, consider turning off your cell phone. It can use up a lot of power trying to find a suitable network.

Battery Care Tips

- A new battery comes in a discharged condition and must be charged before use . Upon initial use the battery may require three to four charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.

- When charging the battery for the first time the device may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal phenomenon with rechargeable batteries. Remove the battery from the device, reinsert it and repeat the charging procedure.

- It is important to condition (fully discharge and then fully charge) the battery every two to three weeks. Failure to do so may significantly shorten the battery's life (this does not apply to Li-Ion batteries, which do not require conditioning). To discharge, simply run the device under the battery's power until it shuts down or until you get a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery as instructed in the user's manual.

- If the battery will not be in use for a month or longer, it is recommended that it be removed from the device and stored in a cool, dry, clean place. This keeps the battery from losing its runtime and from possibly damaging the battery or device.

- It is normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging. Only extreme heat should be regarded as potentially dangerous and examined by a battery professional.

- A charged battery will eventually lose its charge if unused. It may therefore be necessary to recharge the battery after a storage period. A good rule of thumb is to charge the battery once every 2-3 weeks to prevent premature wear-down.

Mobile Phone Care & Maintenance Tips

1) Use only approved enhancements and compatibles including batteries. Only qualified personnel should install or repair the phone including mounting car enhancements. Do not try to open the phone if you do not know how.

2) Keep the phone and it's accessories out of the reach of small children. It is not a piece of toy.

3) The phone should be shielded from dirt and dust. Do not abuse the phone by 'dropping or knocking-over' because internal circuit boards may be damaged in the process. To avoid damage to the 'flex / connectors , clamp shells and sliders should not be squeezed into pouches and straight ones should not be packed with objects capable of scratching the LCD.

4) To avoid the risk of demagnetization , do not place the phone close to electronic devices for a long time . Do not place your phone or install wireless equipment in the area above your car's airbag.

5) The phone is not water-resistant. Precipitation, humidity and liquids containing minerals can corrode the electric circuits. If the phone gets wet, remove the battery and allow the phone to get completely dry before further use. Do not paint your phone. If there is need to clean the phone , harsh chemicals or solvents should not be used .

6) Avoid extreme weather conditions. If the phone is stored in a cold area, when it warms up, moisture can form inside and damage the electric circuit boards. On the other hand, high temperature can shorten the life of electronic devices. It's battery could be damaged and plastic parts may melt.

7) Remember to adhere to the designated safety standards with regards to chargers and AC supply as stipulated by the manufacturer.

8) Efficient use of the phone demands that one should not cover the tip of the phone while in use as this can affect call quality and may shorten power level with regards to talk and standby times .

eneral Safety Tips II

1. Only unlock the phone when you need to use it.
2. Never buy a phone unless you know the seller is the owner, can they produce the original packaging or a receipt?
3. Don't give your mobile phone to strangers on the pretext of emergency situation. They may slip away with your mobile handset.
4. Report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately and insist for an acknowledgment.
5. Inform your Service Provider if your phone is stolen or lost.
6. Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use. Don't attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street.
7. Don't leave your mobile unattended.
8. Keep windows/doors of your car closed, when you are talking on mobile phone. Do not use mobile phone while driving.
9. While driving, never keep your cellphone on the dashboard.
10. Subscribe to a Mobile Tracking Service available in the Mobile Market.
11. Extra vigilance can produce results. You are less likely to become a victim if you are aware of your surroundings.

General Safety tips I

1. Use your phone's security lock code, if it has one.
2. Disable bluetooth, if not in use.
3. Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
4. Install Anti-virus Software.
5. Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
6. Record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) of your CDMA phone.
7. Consider separate Insurance.
8. GSM Phones have a unique IMEI number. Key in *#06# to find yours, record it, and keep it safe.
9. Properly mark your phone with your postcode and House No. to help police identify stolen ones.
10. Enable the PIN Code on the handset.

Emergency Situation Tips

1) Emergency number: The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.
If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you

2) Locked the keys in the car? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are home, call someone on your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the phone on their end. Your car will unlock.

3) Hidden Battery power: Imagine your cell battery is very low, u r expecting an important call and u don't have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery.

General Mobile Phone Care Tips

Mobile has become essential part of our life in today's fast world. It has become the main source of communication in our life. Mobiles are also used for surfing internet and playing games.

So mobile keeps you update on latest happening plus keeps you entertained when you feel bored. But sometimes it may burn your pocket if you do not take proper care of your mobile. Here are some basic steps you can take to keep yours mobile safe:

1. Always keep your mobile free from dust. Try to use some covers to cover the mobile and protect it from dust. Dust is one of major enemies of a mobile.

2. Use only genuine charger as per specified by the mobile company to charge your mobile. It will help in properly charging your mobile plus it will boost the battery life of your mobile.

3. Avoid frequent charging of your mobile. Try to charge mobile only when it is required, that is when your mobile indicates that the battery is low.

4. Do not download software and games from unauthorized websites and unknown sources.

5. Try to have good anti-virus installed in your mobile (Symbian OS mobile).

6. Keep away your mobile from moisture and water because that could damage its sensitive circuits. If your mobile has fallen into water then immediately take out the battery from the mobile and take it nearest company service Centre.

General Phone Care Tips

1) Efficient use of the phone demands that one should not cover the tip of the phone while in use as this can affect call quality and may shorten power level with regards to talk and standby times .

2) To avoid the risk of short-circuiting, receptacles like power plug in should not get in contact with metallic objects like office pins or paper clips.

3) Local regulations with regards to safe disposal of old electrical and electronic materials such as the phone and its accessories and packaging should be observed in order to recycle them properly while avoiding potential negative consequences to the environment and human health.

4) Remember to make back up records of all important information stored in the phone.

Phone Care And Maintenance

1) Use only approved enhancements and compatibles including batteries. Only qualified personnel should install or repair the phone including mounting car enhancements. Do not try to open the phone if you do not know how.

2) Keep the phone and it's accessories out of the reach of small children. It is not a piece of toy.

3) The phone should be shielded from dirt and dust. Do not abuse the phone by 'dropping or knocking-over' because internal circuit boards may be damaged in the process. To avoid damage to the 'flex / connectors , clamp shells and sliders should not be squeezed into pouches and straight ones should not be packed with objects capable of scratching the LCD. Phones should not be put in pockets while one is wearing tight fitting trousers.

4) To avoid the risk of demagnetization , do not place the phone close to electronic devices for a long time . Do not place your phone or install wireless equipment in the area above your car's airbag.

5) The phone is not water-resistant. Precipitation, humidity and liquids containing minerals can corrode the electric circuits. If the phone gets wet, remove the battery and allow the phone to get completely dry before further use.

6) Do not paint your phone. If there is need to clean the phone , harsh chemicals or solvents should not be used .Soft piece of cloth slightly dampened with mild soapy water is recommended and dry cloth should be used to clean any lenses.

Safety Tips II

1. Only unlock the phone when you need to use it.
2. Never buy a phone unless you know the seller is the owner, can they produce the original packaging or a receipt?
3. Don't give your mobile phone to strangers on the pretext of emergency situation. They may slip away with your mobile handset.
4. Report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately and insist for an acknowledgment.
5. Inform your Service Provider if your phone is stolen or lost.
6. Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use. Don't attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street.
7. Don't leave your mobile unattended.
8. Keep windows/doors of your car closed, when you are talking on mobile phone. Do not use mobile phone while driving.
9. While driving, never keep your cellphone on the dashboard.
10. Subscribe to a Mobile Tracking Service available in the Mobile Market(If it is supported on your handset).
11. Extra vigilance can produce results. You are less likely to become a victim if you are aware of your surroundings.

Safety Tips

1. Use your phone's security lock code, if it has one.
2. Disable bluetooth, if not in use.
3. Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
4. Install Anti-virus Software.
5. Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
6. Record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) of your CDMA phone.
7. Consider separate Insurance.
8. GSM Phones have a unique IMEI number.
9. Properly mark your phone with your postcode and House No. to help police identify stolen ones.
10. Enable the PIN Code on the handset.

Keep Your Phone Safe

1) Treat your phone as you would any valuable item: Even if you got your handset as a '$0 upfront deal', this does not reflect its true cost. Handsets are expensive - they can cost more than $1000. Be discrete. Keep your mobile on you. Never put it down in a public place or leave it unattended.
Switch to vibrate mode in circumstances where a ring tone might attract the attention of a thief.

2) Use your phone's security features: Your phone has security features which you can use to stop others using your phone ? for example, you can set a Personal Identification Number (PIN) number which must be entered before anyone can use the phone. Read your handset User Guide to find out what features your phone has and use them. Even if your phone isn't stolen, someone might be tempted to ?borrow? your phone and make a few expensive calls without your knowledge.

3) Name it: Some form of personal identification on your phone can deter the would-be thief. Consider engraving your initials on your phone and the battery, and ? if you have one ? also including your driver's licence number.

4) Know your IMEI: Every mobile phone has a unique 15-digit electronic serial number, known as the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. Record your phone's IMEI number and keep it in a safe place in case your phone is lost or stolen. You can check your IMEI number by dialling *#06#.

5) Insurance: Don't assume your phone is covered in your (or your parent's) home contents insurance. Check and consider insuring it separately, if necessary. Remember that even if you got the phone for '$0 upfront', this doesn't mean it was free ? it means the cost was absorbed in the overall contract price. You may not be able to get a replacement phone for $0 upfront.


Protecting Your Mobile From Viruses

1. Switch to Bluetooth hidden mode. If your phone has Bluetooth capability, ensure that the Bluetooth capability is switched to ?hidden? or ?invisible? mode unless you specifically need it to be visible. This will help prevent other Bluetooth-enabled devices from finding your phone (unless you grant them the necessary permission) and will therefore help protect your phone from worms that spread using the Bluetooth wireless technology.

2. Exercise caution before opening attachments. When accepting applications sent via Bluetooth, or opening MMS attachments, exercise caution, just as you would when opening an email attachment on your PC, because they may include harmful software. Ensure the application or attachment comes from a known source, and be wary of opening files that have unfamiliar text attached to them, even if they come from someone you know.

3. Only download content from a trusted source. Trusted sources may include operator portals[2] and other well-known brands that offer adequate protection against viruses and other harmful software. Be aware though that, as with emails, malicious or fraudulent users may be able to fake the appearance of a trusted source.

4. Consider anti-virus software. Some software is available to prevent phone viruses. You may wish to consider downloading this software.

5. Contact your phone manufacturer if concerned. If you think you have a virus, call the phone manufacturer's care line. They can assist you confirm if it is a virus, and help fix the problem.

Tips On Mobile Maintenance

KEEP YOUR MOBILE:
Charged: Ensure your battery is fully charged, and then completely run it down before recharging. Recharging too early causes your battery to run out of power more quickly.

Secure: For security reasons, enable the PIN on your SIM Card and Phone-lock on your phone to avoid unauthorised used. These security checks will also be activated when the phone is power cycled. You can check with your carrier or the phone manual for the features and also for information on blocking your SIM card and phone IMEI number if the phone is stolen.

Protected: Make sure you use a keypad lock to lock your phone. Unplanned calls can cost a fortune and even though your phone may be in a safe place, such as in a bag, your phone will still get knocked around to a surprising degree. Rough treatment can damage electronic circuit boards so avoid dropping or unnecessarily shaking your phone.

Battery: Be safe with your batteries. Use only genuine batteries from your phone manufacturer and only buy from authorised dealers. Going for the cheap option of a counterfeit battery can be dangerous.

Clean: Don't use harsh detergents, cleaning solvents or harsh chemicals to clean your phone. Wipe only with a soft cloth.

Covered: a protective cover will help repel dust and dirt, and prevent scratches. Make sure the cover you choose is of good quality. Low quality covers with no air pockets can damage you phone by creating humidity inside the cover.

Storing your phone: Always store your phone in a dry place. Avoid rain, high humidity and liquids. All of these may contain minerals that could corrode the electronic circuits.

At the right temperature: To ensure a long life, keep your phone in a stable temperature. Avoid exposing your phone to liquid and/or exposing your phone to extreme temperature change from hot to cold and vice versa. This might create condensation and damage the phone.

Mind Your Mobile Manners

1. When in doubt, always go out: When possible go outside or to another room to make your call if your call might disturb others. Also, features such as text messaging answering services, call diversion and vibration alert can be used to receive important calls without disturbing others.

2. If you can't turn it off, use silent mode: If you need to keep your phone on for important calls, then turn it to silent or vibrate mode. It's the ring of a mobile phone in inappropriate places and times such as at the tennis or in restaurants which annoys people the most.

3. When required turn your phone off and check it's off: There are some places where people should never talk on a mobile phone or send text messages and where the ringing of a mobile phone or message alert is considered highly unacceptable, such as: movies, stage shows, weddings, funerals, concerts, speeches, classrooms and lectures. In these cases, turn your phone off and remember to check it's off before you enter the venue. You can always check your voicemail, text messages or your answering service afterwards.

4. Keep your conversations private: People's sense of personal space varies in each situation. Making a call in a busy pub may be okay, but talking loudly in a confined space like a lift or on a train tends to infringe on others personal space. Be aware of where you are and who you are with and what others are doing before deciding to make or accept a call. In some situations it might be better to send a text message.

5. Speak softly: Mobile phones have very sensitive microphones that can pick even the softest voice, so there is no need to shout. If you are having trouble hearing the other caller, check that you have the volume on your phone set high enough.

6. You don't always have to answer- use your messaging service: It's a natural reflex to answer your phone if it rings, however, if you forget to put your phone on silent or vibrate mode and it rings at an inappropriate moment, send the call to voice mail or your answering service (usually by pressing the hang-up key).

7. Talk to the one you're with: If you receive a call during a conversation, send the call to your voicemail or answering service. Your first priority should be to the person you are with. However, if you are expecting an important call let the person you're with know before the call arrives and excuse yourself before accepting the call.

8. Don't send inappropriate messages: Messaging is a great way to communicate, but don't send offensive or threatening text, voice, picture or any other sort of message, because it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace or harass someone. Also receivers can save messages and easily identify you as the sender.

9. Respect others' privacy when using in-phone cameras: In-phone cameras shouldn't be used anywhere a normal camera would be considered inappropriate, such as in change rooms or toilets. You should ask for permission before you take someone's picture. Also bear in mind that some venues do not allow the use of cameras and may refuse entry to anyone with one.

10. Ban the ring: not the phone: Wherever conversations are normally acceptable, venues can help by asking people to turn their phones to silent or vibrate mode rather than turning it off. This approach will help with compliance, especially for people who need their phone for important calls. Venues can also assist by reminding people to set their phones to silent mode, before they enter.

Tips On Buying A Mobile

What's your budget? Before you do anything else, think about why you want a mobile phone and determine your budget. There are numerous types of call plan, to suit various budgets and needs. There are also services available to help you keep track of what you spend ? consider whether this would help you and check out what options are available.

What are your usage patterns? How often will you be using the phone, at what time of day and what will be your average call length? Will you be using the phone mostly for voice calls, or to SMS friends? Your usage patterns may help determine what type of plan is best for you and your budget.

What types of plan are available? There are four basic types of service agreement: fixed-term contracts, monthly plans, pre-paid or leasing. Pre-paid is ideal if you want to ensure you stay within a specified budget - perfect for teenagers. Getting a pre-paid first is also a good way of finding out what your usage is and helping you decide what type of plan might best suit you. Monthly plans allow you the flexibility of receiving monthly bills without signing a long-term contract. Business users may prefer the convenience of fixed-term, while leasing may suit you if you only need a phone and handset for a short time. New 'capped' plans (available post or pre-paid, depending on mobile carrier) also offer convenience and value and may suit many users.

What are the call rates within each plan? Call rates vary from plan-to-plan. It's important to assess both the rates and the call charge calculation methods when assessing your options. Issues to consider include: How are call charges calculated? On some plans you will be billed per second, on others, per block of time used (usually per 30 or 60 seconds), or, on the newer 'capped' deals (post and pre-paid), 'call caps' apply to many services, providing value and certainty; Is there a flag fall (an amount paid for each connection, in addition to call costs)? Are there any special offers (eg cheaper calls off-peak, or to friends on the same network, or for SMS)?

What features do you need in a handset? A basic handset will allow you to make calls and send and receive SMS. You'll need a more sophisticated one if you want to use the phone abroad, use MMS, voice recording, make video calls, download video or access the internet. Other features to consider are battery capacity (some handsets run longer between charges than others), ease of use, and your coverage requirements. Consider what you really need ? or you'll be paying for features you never use. If you already have a handset, are you eligible for other plans?

How much flexibility do you need? Consider your need for flexibility - and your budget - before you buy a handset or take out a plan. Are you likely to want the flexibility to upgrade your handset when a new one becomes available? Might you want to change to a different plan in six months? There are many different options for paying for handsets (eg up-front, flexi-rent deals, as part of your service agreement), and different plans (whether pre-paid or post-paid) have different terms and conditions ? for example some include penalties for changing networks, or plans, for example. Read the small print and check you can meet all the minimum conditions of the contract before signing anything.

What coverage do you require? Where will you be using the phone ? only in metropolitan areas, or in the country? The two dominant types of mobile network are GSM and CDMA. A 3G data network has also recently been launched in Australia. Which is best for you depends on where you are likely to require coverage. Check with the carriers where they have coverage to ensure they can provide the service where you need it before signing up. Your coverage requirements may also affect your handset choice (there are CDMA and GSM handsets).

Evaluate the options. Once you've worked out what you need/want, do your homework; shop around and compare what is available, and what will best suit your likely usage and budget:

Consider the whole cost of the package. Offers such as '$0 upfront' mean that the cost of the handset is absorbed into the overall contract price, not that the handset is free. Such offers may provide you with a good way of obtaining the handset you want, but they may not be your only ? or cheapest ? option. Similarly, think about whether you really want any 'free' gifts ? or whether it'd be cheaper for you to choose a different plan and go and buy the 'freebie' yourself. Ensure you understand which services are included at special prices (including 'caps'). Premium rate services, for example, may not be. Fair use policies may also apply. Make sure you read and understand such policies.

Assess adverts, contact some carriers; look on the web; talk to friends. Get copies of contacts (including for pre-paids). Legally, to ensure the consumer is protected, mobile carriers have to write contracts in a particular format, known as a Standard Form of Agreement (or SFOA). The SFOA is a detailed document, but by law, carriers must give you a clear, easy-to-read written summary of the SFOA. This will spell out the terms and conditions to which you'd be bound if you took out a contract. Look at the terms and conditions, compare the rates, check the fine print. Ask for more details as necessary.

Ask if there's anything you don't understand. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with everything before signing. Remember: whoever signs a contract is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the terms and conditions of the contract are met. So don't sign a contract for someone else unless you're prepared to pay all their bills. If you sign a contract for a friend (or child), and they don't pay their bills, it's YOU who will have to settle the debt. So unless you're completely happy to cover someone else's costs, don't sign a contract for them. Help them choose an appropriate pre-paid option instead.

Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

Unlocking Your Car Using Mobile

This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.