Tips on (Real) Cool Uses for Your Cellular Phone
OK, already. We did some obviously overdue research into unlocking your cell phone’s secret powers, and as it happens most of you who posted comments were right – four out of five tips were in fact myths - which found their source in an email that was spammed around some time ago; all except the 122 emergency number, which really does work in some places. So, we are sorry for “celling out.” We should have done our homework. To make amends, we have compiled a new list of cool things mobile phones really CAN do.
1. Figure Out Where You Are - Almost ANY phone with Bluetooth can be used for GPS. You just have to connect to a Bluetooth GPS receiver, a small box that connects wirelessly to your cell phone. It also comes with software that lets you view maps and get directions on your phone.
2. Surf the Web (for Free!) - Around the world there are thousands of WiFi spots that are open to free browsing. Everyone knows you can access them on your notebook, but did you know you could get to them on some cell phones too? The T-Mobile SDA or T-Mobile MDA can do this with the greatest of ease.
3. Pump out your Tunes - Sure there are lots of phones out there that double as MP3 Players. But there are also phones that can play music out loud and in stereo. The Motorola ROKR E1 phone comes with stereo speakers, so you can share your MP3s with the world.
4. Keep Your Kids Safe - Kids today are begging for cell phones the second they’re able to walk and talk at the same time. You may not want your child to be able to call all his friends at a moments notice, but you might want him to be able to call you if he needs to. Verizon's LG Migo dials only four numbers (plus an emergency button) so your children can call, but can't rack up the minutes.
5. Make a Phone Call From Overseas - Europe and America don’t have the same cell phone systems. So if you’re traveling abroad you might be concerned about being out of touch. Find out if your phone is a “World Phone,” which means it should operate in America, Europe, or Asia.