What cell phone should I purchase?
A phone should be chosen based on your individual needs, what features or functionality are most important to you. Each cellular provider offers phones with a wide range of features.
This type of phone provides the basic phone features for calling as well as the ability to do some basic online searching. Most carriers provide many versions of these phones free with a new account.
These are phones that provide more functionality. Some will be geared towards text messaging while others may provide music playback or games.
A Smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities beyond a typical mobile phone, often with PC-like functionality. Many can integrate with U-M e-mail and calendaring systems.
If I have a GSM cell-phone, does that mean I can use it in other countries?
It depends. GSM is run on four different frequencies: 850, 900, 1800, and 1900. The GSM frequency in the United States is 850/1900Mhz. However, the GSM frequency used in the majority of countries is 900/1800Mh. They are not compatible. (Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and some Central/South American Countries do not use 900/1800Mhz.). For additional information and a complete list of countries see GSM World.
In order to have a phone that will work in the more than one country, make sure your phone either tri or quad-band phone. Be certain your phone uses the correct network type (CDMA or GSM) as well as the correct frequency. For additional information and a complete list of countries see GSM World or CDMA Worldwide.
What is a SIM card?
A SIM card or Subscriber Identity Module is a portable memory chip used in some models of phones. The SIM card holds personal identity information, cell phone number, phone book, text messages and other data.
Can I use the same charger in all countries?
If you can use your phone in other countries, be sure that you bring the right charger! The battery charger must be dual voltage-It needs to operate on all voltage from 110V to 240V and on frequencies between 50-60Hz.
I want a Smartphone, which one should I get?
The number and variety of smartphones continues to grow. Be certain to check carrier web sites for the latest information concerning the products they sell and support. At this time, the major cellular carriers sell iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Palm Web OS and Symbian phones.
Can I connect to wireless (WiFi)?
This is hardware dependent. Some Smartphones also include built in WiFi.
HOW TO FIND YOUR MODEL NUMBER
Detach the battery.
You can find the Model Number on the label.
* You can also find the model number in the settings menu on your phone.