iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, you’ve looked at the choices and the options can be as diverse as buying a car. Well here’s a checklist to help you pick your next mobile device. vivo y21 4g

1) Carrier

This is probably going to be your biggest decision. Each carrier offers a myriad of pricing plans and incentives and each carrier has their pros and cons. Remember that you’ll be living with your choice for up to two years. To determine if the carrier you chose will work for you, ask your friends and colleagues which carrier they use and where they have the biggest connection problems. Find someone who uses the carrier you’re thinking about choosing and invite them to your home and see how well their phone connects to the carrier’s network. Granted this test isn’t 100% accurate as some phones handle signals better than others but it will give you an idea about the kind of performance you can expect to receive. If you don’t have anyone in your circle to do this, you can always review the maps the carriers provide or try a review site such as Signalmap.com.

2) Keeping the same phone number

If you’re not stuck in a current contract and can make a switch to a different carrier then you’ll need to decide between porting (moving) your existing number to another carrier or getting a new phone number altogether. This is really a personal preference and is a relatively easy thing to do. Carriers have made the porting of phone numbers between them quite easy to do. Just make sure to contact your existing carrier first and tell them you want to enable your account for this process before you go buy your new phone.

3) Operating System

Do you want an iPhone, an Android based phone, a Blackberry or a Windows Mobile phone? There are already numerous articles about the differences between all of these. The only real way to know what works for you is to go to your carrier’s store and try them out or borrow a friend’s phone. If this doesn’t give you enough time to make a decision, then you can always buy the one you like the most and return it if you don’t like it. Most carriers have a 14 or 30 day return policy.

4) Is it compatible with your email server

Check with your IT department or IT service provider and find out which of the four types of phones above are supported by your organization’s email system. This can sometimes be an issue. For example, Blackberry phones can work with just about any email system. However, those that sport special Blackberry software give you more features such as the ability to sync your calendar and contacts to your phone along with the ability to file email messages in folders. So if these kinds of features are important to you, it’s best to check first.

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