Archive for September, 2016

7 Top Tips for Buying a Mobile Phone

1. Choosing the right phone for you

Remember the good old days when a handset just sat in your bedroom or living room and if you needed to make a call in town you made it from a phone box? Those days are long gone. While some phone-boxes do still exist, the global population has switched to a portable handset, and with each new year advances in technology make the choice ever more bewildering. The number of pay phones in the States have declined 50% since 2007, and the younger generation wouldn’t even know how to use one.

So if you are thinking of buying a phone, be it your first or your 31st, it pays to know what type of phone you want before putting down your money.

At the top of today’s handset food chain is the smartphone. These are the devices which have the most power, the fastest processors and Wi-Fi; high image resolution and ample memory capacity as well as the most pixel-rich screens. Their operating systems are designed by the big players; market leaders such as Apple Ios, Google Android, and a relatively late entrant to hand held devices, Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile, not forgetting BlackBerry 10. They support a host of downloadable applications through virtual storefronts, designed to work with their associated software platforms.

Messaging or feature phones

Feature phones offer many of the same capabilities as smartphones but instead of popular mobile operating systems, they run proprietary software crafted by their manufacturers, such as Samsung, LG or Kyocera. These phones are usually good for text messaging and email, but there is no data plan required. Many feature phones have full QWERTY physical keyboards. With a raft of cheap, available Android and Windows phones such handsets are becoming rarer.

Basic phones

For those who just want a phone to make phone calls and send text messages, there are still plenty of basic handsets, easy to use, easy to understand with simple keypads. Like many phones of the early noughties, these still come in clamshell designs that flip open, or open plan with a small screen and the keypad directly underneath. Today these can be comfortably put in a top pocket as they are significantly smaller than feature phones and smartphones.

2. Invest as much as you can afford

Whether you choose to sign up for a Contract or go Sim Free, you should seriously consider buying the best device you can afford. This will give your investment a certain amount of future-proofing. Choose the best possible camera quality and processor you can find so that you can take great pictures and not get frustrated each day with a processor which is too slow for your needs. Also, consider a phone with a high capacity battery so that it does not hold less and less charge as time goes by. High-end handsets such as the iPhone 6S, LG V10, or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ also hold their resale value over time, so if you do decide to sell it or upgrade, the phone should be an easy sell. Whichever phone you opt for, if you’re happy with the way it works, but not the cellphone provider operating, UnlockBase can help. We unlock more cellphones from more cellphone providers from around the world than any other remote unlock service on the web. We can unlock your phone usually within minutes, quickly, safely and cost effectively.

3. Decide on the features you need

Pay for features you do need and not for what you don’t want. Obviously high end smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, include just about everything, but if you are not looking for something so app and feature rich, look for a more mid-priced model such as the Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE.

Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

4. Find the right design for you

Once you buy a smartphone you’re going to be handling it a lot – a heck of a lot. research shows we hold our smartphones every 6 seconds in the evenings, so you need a phone you like the look of and like the feel of. Since you’re likely to gaze at it at least 110 times a day, you need to make sure that your phone reflects your style, whether it’s a sleek metal handset, a flip phone or a rubber-coated handset. Of course you can also hide your phone with a huge variety of specially designed smartphones cases.

5. Pick your screen size

There are trends in screen sizes, and right now, the big 5.5 inch screens are the most popular because they afford easy viewing for gaming and a raft of new digital streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video but you can still find a wide variety of display sizes.

Small Screen (Less Than 4.5 Inches)

Not always do you need a small screen. If you need a phone for carrying in your pocket and sending regular messages, you should choose a compact design.

Medium Screen (4.5 to 5.4 Inches)

This screen size is still extremely popular and such phones as the iPhone 6 (4.7 inches), HTC One M8 (5 inches) and Galaxy S6 (5.1 inches) fall into this screen size category. They are ideal for playing games and can also be used for streaming videos.

Large Screen/Phablet (5.5 Inches or More)

The Phablet has evolved and has taken the smartphone world by storm. Larger displays screens which can be 5.5 inches or more, include the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and LG G4, and the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, The phablet is so called because they are tablet sized but completely portable. Often used as two-handed devices, many surfers prefer larger displays for watching videos, reading eBooks and even running two apps side by side, as with the Galaxy line.

LG G4

LG G4

6. Size and Weight

Smartphone manufacturers are constantly striving to make cellphones lighter while also making them larger, because they know that users do not want to walk around with a lead weight in their pocket. The weight of a smartphone is dictated by its screen size. The 4.6-ounce iPhone 6, for example, has a 4.7-inch display and is one of the thinnest and lightest handsets on the market. Then again, the big-screen phablets such as the Nexus 6, has a 6-inch display and weighs 6.5 ounces, which of course is nearly half a pound! Once you get above 6 ounces, you’ll really notice the weight of a phone in your pocket. If you don’t want your phone weiginh you down, opt for a handset under 5 ounces.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6

7. Display Quality

Before you sign on the dotted line or hand over your credit card, look at the quality of the phone’s resolution. Quality of resolution is often the difference between cheap Chinese imports and the high-end brands. Ask about HD quality and, like buying a new TV, look out for a smartphone’s resolution, brightness, color quality and viewing angles. You’ll be gazing at it far more than you’ll be gazing into your partner’s eyes, so make sure it is as good as spec as you can get.

Great Phones We Unlock: Vodafone R216 Mobile Wifi Hotspot Router

OK, as you probably noticed, this is not actually a phone, but a portable WiFi router, but it doesn’t make any difference, UnlockBase can still unlock it. New from leading service provider Vodafone, the R216 Mobile WiFi Hotspot Router is a Huawei made device. It’s a 4G Mobile WiFi hotspot router equipped with the Hisilicon Balong 711 processor.

If you visit a Vodafone store and complain of patchy, inconsistent broadband reception at home, or you are visiting the country and need reliable internet access on the go, Vodafone will most likely recommend this product to you. Mobile Wi-Fi provides the most convenient and adaptable way to connect your Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Mobile Broadband network, creating a personal, protected Wi-Fi zone quickly, simply and easily. Ready to use straight from the box, there’s no software to install to get it started, you just switch it on and it’s ready to get you online.

With this device you can connect up to five devices at once, making it easy for you and your family or friends to be online at the same time whether you’re using laptops, tablets, games consoles or other Wi-Fi devices such as cameras. And because the R216 is 4G you can use it instead of home broadband.

The R216 supports Cat.4 4G LTE with download speeds of up to 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The R216 features LTE FDD 800/1800/2600MHz, UMTS/WCDMA 900/2100MHz and GPRS/GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands. In its DC-HSPA+ network, the device supports download speed to up to 42Mbps and upload speed up to 5.76Mbps.

The Vodafone R216 supports WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and also dual band WiFi 2.4 + 5 GHz. It comes with an LED indicator and an 1500mAh Li-ion battery. Designed to fit easily in your pocket, it measures 96 × 58 × 12.8 mm and weighs only 95 gms. It comes in a choice of black or white.

You can use the R216 Mobile Wifi Hotspot Router to share your secure mobile broadband internet connection with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as computers, Apple® iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Android smartphones and tablets like the Samsung® Galaxy Tab, or mobile gaming devices such as Nintendo® DSi.

There is also flexibility in how you power the device, choose from battery, mains or USB to keep the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi working throughout the day. And because it can go wireless after being fully charged, it makes it easier to position your Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi so as to achieve the best mobile coverage. Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android tablet/smartphone users can download the Mobile Wi-Fi monitoring app from the respective app stores.

Unlock your R216 Mobile Wifi Hotspot Router with UnlockBase

If you love the product but don’t want to stick with Vodafone as your service provider no problem. UnlockBase has an easy and affordable solution to unlock the R216. For just $11.90 you can get a Huawei Factory Unlock code. Once you’ve paid, we quickly deliver via email a complete set of unlocking codes as well as the complete instructions on how to use them.

Usually you will just need to insert the SIM card in your Device with which you want to use the R216 Mobile Wifi Hotspot Router and the phone will prompt you for the unlock code. And If you find you still need any assistance, UnlockBase has a 24/7 customer support team always on hand to answer any questions you might have and they will respond to you in less than 12 hours.

Unlock Coolpad Catalyst from MetroPCS with "Device Unlock" App (Official Unlock)

The Coolpad Group Limited is a Chinese telecommunications equipment company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It’s the largest smartphone company in terms of sales in the domestic market. With 6 R&D facilities worldwide, the company continues to invest heavily in developing innovative cellular, wireless, and mobile technology products. Producing and launching over 85 different models and 50 million handsets a year.

Released in June of this year, the Coolpad Catalyst 3622A is the fourth phone from Catalyst to reach the US market. It’s a budget, 5” 4G LTE smartphone packed with many of the features of higher cost smartphones, including full built-in video calling, Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, and a fast quad core processor for keeping in touch with friends and family and entertaining oneself on the go.

The cameras are adequate for everyday use and include a 5mp main camera with LED Flash as well as a 2mp front facing camera.

The phone comes with a 2200mAh battery. MetroPCS offers the Coolpad Catalyst with up to 80% off the retail price, meaning that after the mail-in rebate the phone could be in your hands for as little as $19.00. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the lowest cost phones in their portfolio.

While the Coolpad Catalyst is well equipped, and has 4G LTE connectivity, most of its features reflect its low budget price including the 480 x 854 pixels screen resolution, one of the lowest screen resolutions currently available. RAM memory is also only 1 GB and the low pixel cameras mean photographs could turn out looking grainy.

In terms of looks and aesthetics, for the price you definitely are not going to get a Samsung Galaxy S7, but the phone adopts a curved handheld shape. The front is glass and the glass is contained within a plastic frame. The rear shell, also plastic, wraps around to meet the frame. The display takes on a bright gray hue when off and it stands out starkly from the pitch black bezel. Overall, a reasonable, low cost, big screen entry level solution with above average call and sound quality. Designed for the smartphone newbie, or those that don’t expect or demand too much from their phone.

Unlock your Coolpad Catalyst 3622A with UnlockBase

At this level of pricing you will want to find the best sim only deal you can. If you want to unlock your Catalyst Coolpad from MetroPCS, UnlockBase can do it for you, quickly, easily and economically. We can quickly, efficiently and economically unlock your Catalyst Coolpad 3622A using the Device Unlock App.

Device Unlock App (or RSU Unlock) is an Android app that allows you to request and apply a mobile device unlock directly from the device. This allows you to automatically apply Mobile Device Unlock to the device without using a manual code. When your phone is locked with “Mobile Device Unlock” it’s totally useless to order an unlock code. Instead it’s really important to order the unlock of your device using this special service: https://www.unlockbase.com/phone-unlocking-service/metropcs-device-unlock-app-official-unlock/

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