Cell Phones in Mexico: Does T-Mobile Work All Over Mexico?

I have been traveling to Mexico for years, and I have always struggled to have a cellular phone that really works in Mexico. But, after some experiments I have finally found an American cell phone company that really works all throughout Mexico with no problems and nothing but good reception. In this article I will explain how good T-Mobile works in Mexico and how their coverage is respected.

Cell Phones in Mexico photo
Photo by Alaskan Dude

The T-Mobile phone I took into Mexico was under a Flex-Pay Contract and before I left I put like one-hundred dollars into my account to make sure I would not run out of air time and especially texts. As soon as I entered Mexico my phone was still under T-Mobile service, but ten miles into Mexico my service changed to Movistar, and I continued to receive texts and I was able to send texts also. Calls were also coming in very loud and clear without no problem.

At first I was shocked that my phone actually worked in Mexico, but I was even more shocked when I figured out my phone worked all throughout Mexico. As I was riding in my vehicle my signal was good even in remote locations. My trip took me all the way four hours before Mexico City, Mexico and my signal was good all the way there and all over Mexico. It was really great, because I was able to keep in touch with my family back in America and a lot of them thought I was not in Mexico because the signal was so good when I was in Mexico.

The only downside is that the texts take like ten more seconds longer to send while in Mexico, compared to five seconds in America. I would suggest my readers to get T-Mobile for traveling into Mexico, because the service is good and perfect. But, before you leave America be sure to have your T-Mobile troubleshooted to work in Mexico,.which only takes a call to the T-Mobile operator for like five minutes. I have always wanted to know how T-Mobile worked in Mexico and I experienced it first hand and I am living proof I did it. If any of my readers out there have ever used T-Mobile in Mexico I would suggest you to leave me comments below this article on how your phone worked in Mexico. Thank you for reading and thanks for the wonderful support and emails worldwide.

 

Cell Phone Review – the Nokia 6126

As a long-time Nokia user, I was not surprised that I loved the 6126 as much as I do. What is surprising to me is how many Motorola/Sony/LG users have commented positively on this phone.

Nokia 6126 photo
Photo by flyzor

The 6126 is a small, sleek flip phone. Nokia has only recently gotten back into the flip phone game after many years of selling lots of “candy-bar” style phones, especially cheap and easy to use entry level phones. Traditionally, it has been my experience has been that Nokia phones have unequalled reception and the 6126 bears that out. I find I have great reception virtually everywhere I go- inside or out. I was a little nervous to give up my previous Nokia, the 6170, which was a fantastic phone in terms of reception and durability, but the 6126 has not disappointed me in the least.

At first glance, the 6126 strongly resembles a Motorola in many respects, especially in the closed position. Where the difference becomes apparent is when you open it up. First of all it features a push-to-open button, which I initially thought was just a gimmick. After using this phone for a while I can’t imagine not having it. It’s nice to have the option of using one hand to answer by just pushing a button and having it pop open on it’s own. It’s functional and you can pretend it’s a switchblade if you’re an idiot like me who still thinks he’s 12.

Another great feature for me is the huge main display. This thing is very bright and large and really has some great contrast when scrolling through numbers and especially when playing games. It also has a very nice camera, although I have been reading lots of reviews that claim that it’s a weak one. Maybe my standards are too low? Anyway, I find that it takes very nice pictures for my purposes, which is all I really ask. I generally just snap pictures for fun here and there so high-resolution isn’t really that critical to me.

As for operation, this is a very user-friendly phone, as is typical with Nokia. There are plenty of bells and whistels on this little fella, such as Bluetooth,camera,downloadable ringtones,a calender/planner,translator,a measurement/currency convertor, a virtual “wallet”, calculator, and some cool games, but it is also very easy for anyone to pick this phone up and immediately navigate everything with ease.

As for negatives, there aren’t many. The biggest complaint I have is that I sometimes feel like the volume from the earpiece isn’t as loud as it should be. Also, when the hinge seems to allow the phone to shift back and forth more than it ought to, but I never get the feeling it is going to break, and maybe the movement is intentional- sort of for shock absorbtion. Either way, those are fairly minor concerns when weighed against the positives this phone has. Hopefully at some point, there will be more games available for download as well. The ones available are impressive, but there just aren’t many, at least through my carrier, which is a small regional one.

If you are in the market for a mid-price flip phone with Bluetooth, a camera and great reception, I would strongly recommend giving the Nokia 6126 a shot, especially if you haven’t tried Nokia’s phones in the past. This one is much more streamlined and feature-laden than past Nokias, while retaining the ease of use and quality of reception Nokia is known for.

 

 

Powercom Provides Affordable Phone Service with Hometown Values

I first became a Powercom customer 5 years ago when I moved back to the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin area. After years of dealing with phone giants like AT&T; and Verizon and being treated like I wasn’t important to them, I didn’t hesitate to try a family-owned business located right in my home town.

Powercom photo
Photo by Internet Archive Book Images

Entering its 22nd year providing phone service throughout Wisconsin, Powercom has been locally owned and operated since it was first founded. And, despite competing against multi-billion dollar corporations manages to thrive because it still provides the one thing they can’t, reliable customer service.

The biggest thing that attracted me to Powercom when I signed up was, when I called them, I had a live person answer the phone and transfer me to the right department. I remember this because, prior to that, I had tried to call AT&T; and sat on hold for 45 minutes before getting someone on the line with me. When I lived out east and had Verizon, that hold time was as much as 90 minutes. I was put on hold with Powercom too, but it was only for about 30 seconds. In fact, the entire sign up process only took about 10 minutes. And, even though I was only a residential customer, I was treated just like I would expect them to treat a $1,000 business account.

From time to time, despite the fact I do like the customer service, I will check out the competition to see if they offer anything better in terms of price. And, so far, Powercom has stayed very competitive. Usually, if AT&T; offers a new package, I can call Powercom up and they always seem to be able to match it and often will be able to undersell it. And, they are the only phone company I’ve found that doesn’t charge me a monthly fee on my long distance, even if I don’t use it for a while.

Out of curiosity, the last time this happened I took the time to ask how a small company can do that despite the obvious added cost of providing the live customer service and the answer amazed me. The rep on the line told me Powercom does very little advertising and relies almost entirely on word-of-mouth to gain new customers. What they save doing that is passed on to the consumer. I remember that every time I see yet another AT&T; ad on the television or get my mailbox stuffed full of their mailers.

For all the good things the company offers, there are some down sides too. Being a smaller company, they still don’t offer some things in this area I might normally be interested in, such as high speed Internet services or voice mail. But, as much as I would like those things, I’ve come to realize the sacrifice is more than worth it.

I’m glad that, in an industry that seems to be slowly turning back into an AT&T; monopoly, I still have the ability to choose a phone company that hasn’t forgotten what’s important.

 

5 Ways to Upcycle an Old Cell Phone

These days, cell phones are advancing on a monthly basis with new features, styles, and more. It isn’t uncommon for a person to own two or three phones in a single year because they want the most advanced cellular phone out there. So then, what do people do with all of their old phones? Many people choose to either sell their old cell phones or keep them in case their current one breaks. Obviously, some extra cash or an insurance phone work are both great ideas. There are plenty of other options for reusing an old cell phone though.

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All-in-one planner and alarm clock

Obviously, all phones now come with calendars, alarm clocks, and more. You can use all of these without service for the phone too. Most cell phone planners will allow you to place events each day at any time of day for any occasion. Basically, these planners are just like any other planner you’d find in a bookstore or on your computer – with a few less features than a computer-based planner. However, you can make an old cell phone with a planner your dedicated planner that can have audible reminders for events that you set. This works out a lot better than a written planner. Of course, the alarm clock function on cell phones are pretty useful for many things.

Fitness tracker

A lot of people use various tools to keep track of their exercise and fitness goals. Luckily, a cell phone that you aren’t using is the perfect tool to do just about everything. You can keep track of your calories burnt, fitness goals, daily activities, and more with a cell phone. Of course, you could purchase apps for the phones that do similar things before you cut service to the phone, which is a great idea. You can do without these applications on the cell phone though. Everything you need comes with a cell phone that has a planner, timer, stopwatch, and calendar. Obviously, you can use the stopwatch or timer on the phone while you actually work out or jog. The planner can be used to choose when you want to exercise. And then, a little note-keeping program on the phone can help you track goals and your progress toward them.

MP3 player

Most cell phones come with music players, so you can dedicate an old cell phone to exactly this purpose. Fortunately, this will allow you to have room for apps and other items on your current cell phone. Too many files on an everyday cell phone can cause the phone to slow down and glitch quite a lot. However, you won’t run into this problem if you’re using an old phone to store and listen to your music or videos. It doesn’t get much nicer than that. This is a great option for people who don’t want to go out and buy a Zune, iPod, or other MP3/video player.

A handheld Microsoft Office

Currently, there are Microsoft Office and other compatible word processors that can be downloaded to cell phones. You can turn your old cell phone into a Microsoft Office suite. Of course, you’ll only be getting Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These programs will come with basic functionality, so you might need to do some touch-up work when you download the file to your computer. However, this is extremely useful to use these programs on a cell phone that is easier to carry around than a laptop computer. Files can quickly and easily be transferred to a computer and they will look as if you had created the files on that computer.

A camera and video recorder

Well, our last upcycling idea involves using an old cell phone as a camera and a video recorder. You can take pictures or film events with ease on any cell phone these days. Luckily, many phones are being made with powerful cameras that produce high quality videos and pictures. You won’t be taking professional photos with your old cell phone, but you can take ones that look good enough to post online or frame. The same goes for videos. Obviously, this is a great alternative for people who can’t afford a fancy camera. You could use your current phone’s camera, but hey, you could also dedicate an old cell phone to picture taking. There will be more room on the phone for pictures and it won’t slow down your everyday phone.

Wrapping it up

Many of these ideas can be used on your current cell phone, but it’s a better idea to have a dedicated device to these various tasks. Honestly, you don’t want to mix your fitness planner with a phone that can go on Facebook and video chat because you’ll completely forget about the fitness planner. Anyways, dedicating an old cell phone to a task is a smart idea because phones are so high-tech these days that they can do plenty of things even after you get a brand new phone.

 

Review of Sanyo 2700 Cell Phone

After 2 years of having the best and newest touchscreen phone on the Sprint network, I recently upgraded to the best phone that I have ever had. I was very unhappy with the touchscreen keyboard on my old phone, the Samsung Instinct. So I vowed to never purchase a phone that did not include a slide out QWERTY keyboard or a Blackberry type phone. Well in June of 2009, I had finally found the perfect phone.

Sanyo Cell Phone photo
Photo by Sklathill

All of the Blackberry models, whether is be on the AT&T;, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile network, all require a data plan in order to purchase the phone. That means another $15-30 a month! I found out a way to get a blackberry type phone, and not have to pay that extra monthly charge. That’s when I found the Sanyo 2700. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, speakerphone, QWERTY keyboard and web capabilities. It’s the newest Sanyo phone on the market and it is totally worth the upgrade. The great thing about the Sanyo 2700 is that the keys stick up off of the phone, which makes it very easy for texting, web browsing and even dialing.

You can get the Sanyo 2700 in 2 cool colors, Blue or Pink. If you choose the pink one, you also get a cute floral design on the phone as well. The battery is packed with juice, as you can talk on the phone for 8-10 hours. I have even left the phone off the charger for 3 days, texted the letters off of the poor thing, and still had half a battery on it. One of the cool features is that it has a button on the phone that says “TEXT”. When you press that button, it takes you to your contacts, which you can proceed to choose the person you want to text, or multiple people, and send them a quick text. Inside the box, you only get the phone, battery, and AC charger. But there is no need for a case, because it is very durable. This phone has taken many drops on a concrete floor, and has NO scratches or marks on it at all!

The Sanyo 2700 is the perfect phone for a text-a-holic, and for those who want a blackberry, but without the extra monthly charge. It is currently FREE on a two year contract, or a new two year upgrade, and is available only on the Sprint network.

 

Internet Phone Service: Cut Your Home Phone Bill by 80% with Internet Phone Service

My how things have changed since the Ma and Pop Bells; the telephone mega monopolies of the 90s and back. As technology has emerged, telephone service has taken giant steps into affordability, diversity and variety. It started with cellular phones and with the advent of the Internet and has progressed to Internet Phone Service.

In layman's terms, Internet Phone Service is used to describe an event that involves making and receiving telephone calls through your computer and Internet connection. You mean I can do that? Definitely, "YES!" You may see or hear any of the below terms used to identify this service:

Broadband Phone
Broadband Telephony
Internet Telephony
Online Phone
PC to PC Calls
VoBB
Voice over broadband
Voice Over IP
VOIP
 IP Telephony

Whichever term is used, it boils down to this; it's the wave of the future!

What Type of Equipment Does Internet Phone Service Require? 
 You're going to need, a computer, a high-speed Internet connection and normally some type of a VOIP adapter, specialized VOIP phone or PC to PC software. The high speed Internet Connection will need to be either a broadband or DSL connection. However, you'll receive better service with the cable modem versus using a DSL modem. It has to do with the bandwidth.

Generally speaking, most consumers with DSL opt for the least expensive priced offer, which is slower than the least expensive cable modem speed. If you have a dial up connection, you can pretty much forget using Internet phone service; there simply isn't enough bandwidth with the modems rated at 56k. Once you have the high speed Internet, depending on the Internet Phone Service provider you choose, you'll either need their proprietary equipment or software.

If you use the PC to PC service, all you'll need are the provider's software and an inexpensive headset with a microphone. If you use a service that provides a VOIP adapter, you'll connect that adapter to your modem or router and it will provide dial tone. You can even back feed that dial tone to the rest of your house which affords you the capability to operate like a traditional telephone.

How Does a Person Choose an Internet Telephone Service? 
 It's just a matter of answering a few questions to determine which Internet phone service best suits your specific needs.

(1). Do You Require 911 Emergency Telephone Services? 
 It is important to note that certain Internet phone service providers do not have the capability to properly access the emergency call system. In other words if you dialed 911 through that software or equipment, your call wouldn't be routed to the appropriate public safety jurisdiction. If this will be your primary line, make sure you confirm that your service provider whether you can dial emergency calls or not. Services such as Skype can't be used for emergency calling.

(2). Do You Have a Home Alarm System? 
 If you have a home alarm system, you'll better off with one of the Internet phone service providers that generate dial tone, which can be back feed to your alarm system. The question you want to ask the provider is, "Is your service compatible with my alarm system?" Normally, if the dial tone is coming off the adapter or other VOIP equipment, the answer is going to be, "Yes!"

Once the equipment is installed and the phone line is properly back fed, you will want to contact your alarm company and inform them that you'll be performing an alarm test. If the mock alarm test passes, of course you're good to go. If not, you probably didn't back feed the line properly.

(3). Will This Be Your Primary Home Phone? 
 If this is going to be your primary home phone, then you'll want to choose a proven Internet service provider. The easiest way to do that is perform a review check. Find out what other users are saying about the providers they use and the ones they tried ans were disappointed with. Then check the Better Business Bureau, the RipOffReport.com and the Consumeraffairs.com to see if the company has any unresolved complaints.

As with any product or industry there is always a group of people who produce inferior products and services and outright scams; the Internet phone service industry is no different. By doing your homework before making a commitment, you avoid any potential issues with low grade and/or unscrupulous providers.

How Much Can I Save With Internet Phone Service? 
 Compared to regular POTS Plain Old Telephone Service, you will save a bundle! If you go with the PC to PC phone service, the average pricing for unlimited phone calls to the United States, Canada and some European countries, is around $40 per year. That comes to a measly $3.50 per month! There are even some services that allow you to download the software for free and make PC to PC calls for free.

If you go with one of the VOIP providers that provides dial tone, you'll end up with all of the major features for around $19.00 to $25.00 per month. Features such as: Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding and 3-way calling. If you requested all of those features with a regular telephone service provider, they would cost you extra. You would easily end up adding an additional $30 to $50 per month to your already high bill.

In summation, if you make a lot of long distance calls and require most or all of the extra features, you'll easily save around 80% by going with Internet Phone Service.

 

Mobile Phones and Services for Children

The rapidly reducing cost of calling, the increasing number of competitors and the ever innovative cell phone industry has resulted in a new market segment becoming available for exploitation. Both service carriers and mobile phone manufacturers have been quick to take advantage of this new market. Some phones have been design for use by children as young as 5 years old.

Children photo
Photo by SMU Libraries Digital Collections

Children love to use equipment like their parents’. The ability to communicate on a mobile for a child can be a wonderful experience.

One of the biggest selling features of the cell phones in this market is the ability of the parent to have some control over who can call their offspring and who the offspring can call.

Another valuable option is GPS tracking, where the parent can find out where their precious one is day or night.

Some of the services or phones available and the service providers or phone makers on the market today are given below.

A Florida concern, Firefly Mobile has a very interesting package targeting kids. The service has many additional features that are pleasing to the parent as well. The service appeals more to parents I daresay than the children, but their like it all the same.

– Children get a very nice looking phone

– Parents are able to keep track of their children’s whereabouts

– Parents can control the cost of calls by taking a pre-paid service.

– Parents can restrict the numbers called or the ones that can be received up to a maximum of 20.

Verizon has also entered the market using the Migo from LG. This phone has a very simple interface which children can easily master. There is also a special button for use in emergencies. Even 5-year old children can use this phone with ease.

Outgoing and incoming call restrictions can also be applied by the parent.

TicTalk is another concern offering a service to children below 10 through the AT&T; network.

Disney tried to enter the market with their own mobile service for kids, but folded towards 2007 year-end. They do still participate in the kid’s mobile market, though, through other service providers.

Through Kajeet, you can now track your child over the Internet, via their website. This makes it easy for parents to keep abreast of their child’s whereabouts even from the office.

While there are many objections to kids having cell phones, to some parents, the features and facilities available to them far outweigh any problem the using mobile phones may cause.

 

Online Ordering Vs. Phone Ordering: Which Ticketmaster Service is Easier to Use?

Ticketmaster helps customers buy tickets to many of the hottest events such as professional sports and concerts. By logging online or making a phone call, you can be on your way to receiving those hard to find tickets in no time. They can even be reserved for you if you want to pick them up the day of the game.

Online Ordering photo
Photo by JeepersMedia

Having ordered hockey and concert tickets through Ticketmaster several times through both services, I understand which one is easier to navigate and will suggest to you which one to try. Before I do, though, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of each service.

Ordering online through ticketmaster.com:

When you order online, you can go straight to the venue or performer page if you already have it bookmarked. In other cases, you can type the event name into the search engine and click search. You will then get a calendar of all available dates for that event and click on buy tickets.

The next page will tell you the name, date, time, and location of the event. Then there is four drop down selections: number of tickets needed, preferred price, section preference, and seating location. Once you have filled in all the forms, you have to type in the correct code (a string of letters and/or numbers) to “get in line” for tickets. This can be a problem if for some reason you can’t read the code; you will be trying numerous times to get past that part.

Once you are “in line”, you will find out how long your wait time is; usually only up to two minutes. If you hit the back button, you will lose your place in line.

After your seats come up, you have two minutes to claim the seats otherwise they will be put back in the database for others to buy. You will be able to view your seating section (Ticketmaster provides venue seating charts for you to get a sneak peek), location, and price per seat. When you decide if you want them, you fill out the order form for picking up your tickets. You can either have them delivered to your house, have them e-mailed, or pick them up at the venue Will Call.

If you decide you don’t want the seats, you can give them up and search again.

The online ordering system is pretty easy to navigate, but typing in codes or coming up empty handed on tickets is a pain. You could search a few times and still come up with nothing different except for a shift from seat five to seat seven for example.

Ordering by phone

Ticketmaster.com also provides a directory of local Ticketmaster outlets and their phone numbers. When you order by phone, it is an automated system with little, if any, live person interaction. You have to press 1 to order tickets, then tell the computer automated voice what state and city your event is taking place in, the name of the venue, and the name of the event.

The system then searches for tickets for you. If it finds what you need, they will tell you the tickets have been reserved. You can then hear the details of the seats. If you want them, you can press 1 to accept the tickets and start your order. If you don’t want them, press 2 to search again.

Assuming you accept the tickets you have to go through the payment process. First, regardless of delivery method, you have to punch in your credit card number and hit pound. Then you have to press a button to indicate which delivery method you want to use.

If you are having your tickets mailed, you will have to record your name and address that you want the tickets sent to. You can play back this recording and if you don’t like the way you sound or made a mistake, you can start over again.

Ordering via phone is frustrating if you prefer speaking to live people because you won’t get a real representative until you get through the menu to talk to one. It may also be annoying to you to press so many buttons, or repeat your event information because the “representative” didn’t understand it.

After going through both ordering systems, I prefer to use Ticketmaster online. I don’t like dealing with recordings on the phone and besides, I am an Internet junkie so I can order tickets while going about my normal business. However, both systems are secure so you won’t experience any trouble with your payment. Plus, in most cases today, your computer is probably faster than punching everything in to your phone.

In the end, the decision is yours. The most important part is not how you order your tickets, but if you get the ones you were hoping for.

 

Best Cell Phone for Kids

Wh?t possible good c?n come from ? nine to thirteen ye?r old ?dolescent h?ving ? cell phone? With so m?ny child pred?tors out there these d?ys, giving your child ? cell phone is giving these people ?nother me?ns of cont?cting ?nd preying on innocent children. Or is it?

Cell Phone for Kids photo
Photo by IN 30 MINUTES Guides

Could ? cell phone in ? child’s h?nd help to prevent ? would be ?tt?cker from t?king ?dv?nt?ge of ? situ?tion? Think ?bout it. If your child h?d ? cell phone they would be ?ble to c?ll you or the police with the push of just one button. If it bec?me the norm for children ?t this vulner?ble ?ge to c?rry cell phones, then child pred?tors would think twice before going ?fter ?ny of them. They wouldn’t know who does or does not h?ve ? cell phone ?t the re?dy in c?se of ?n emergency.

But th?t wouldn’t stop them from getting the child’s cell phone number ?nd c?lling to him or her. Just like children in ch?t rooms, they would become victims without ever getting suspicious until it’s too l?te. Since ?nyone c?n use c?ller ID blocking there is no w?y of knowing who is c?lling your kid when you ?ren’t with them. Or is there ? w?y to control ?ll of this?

Wh?t if there w?s ? cell phone th?t your child could use to c?ll mom, d?d, or the police very quickly. Wh?t if you could control who your child could c?ll with their cell phone ?nd who w?s ?ble to c?ll them? If you could progr?m ? cell phone to only di?l numbers th?t you ?pproved first ?nd only ?ccepted incoming c?lls from numbers th?t you progr?mmed into it, would you consider h?ving your child c?rry this phone?

Think ?bout it. Bec?use of some fi?sco ?t work you re?lized th?t you were going to be ? little l?te picking up your son or d?ughter from pr?ctice, it would be ? lo?d off your child’s mind to know th?t you ?re on your w?y. If they ended up getting detention ?t school ?nd would be l?te getting out, wouldn’t it be nice to know before you h?d to w?it 30 minutes outside of the school worrying your he?d off ?bout where he or she is?

There is ? phone th?t is designed for ex?ctly this purpose. It is the FireFly. It h?s just six buttons. One for Mom, one for D?d, one for emergency services (with ?ccident?l c?ll prevention), two to scroll up ?nd down pre-progr?mmed numbers, ?nd ? c?ll st?rt/end button. Since this phone does not h?ve g?mes or text mess?ging you don’t h?ve to worry ?bout ?ll those extr? ch?rges getting ?dded to your phone bill. Simply progr?m the numbers for mom ?nd d?d into the phone, ?nd ?ny numbers th?t you ?pprove of into the c?lling/receiving list, ?nd tell them to h?ve it with them ?t ?ll times.

The FireFly is becoming ?v?il?ble for most c?rriers. Comp?re r?tes from different c?rriers to see which ones ?re ?v?il?ble in your ?re? ?nd find the best de?l. Invest in some pe?ce of mind for yourself ?nd ? le?rning experience for your child.

 

Staying Connected with Phone Service During a Hurricane

People usually don’t think about how they will stay connected with loved ones should an emergency happen. Several years ago, we were affected by three hurricanes here in North Florida. They were Frances, Jean, and Ivan. We lost power for three days during Frances, and for two days during Ivan. We found out quickly why it was important to stay connected during a hurricane. Following are some tips of how to stay connected during a major hurricane.

Phone Service photo
Photo by Antiporda Productions LV, LLC

1) The first thing to remember is that your cordless phone will of course not work once electricity has gone out. You need a traditional wire phone for this. Some phone companies are calling them hurricane phones, because people are requesting to buy them for that purpose. However, if your phone lines are down, then this won’t work either.

2) Everyone in my family has cell phones. Before Hurricane Frances, we made sure all of our phones were charged. We figured with four phones and using them sparingly, each phone would last possibly two days before the battery would die. We then go very smart and purchased a car phone charger just in case we would be without power for a long period of time and could not charge our phones. Still remember to use your cell phone only for emergency calls. During Hurricane Frances, the cell phone companies and users were reporting problems getting connected due to so much cell phone traffic via the towers. if you get a fast busy signal, which means you did not connect with the network, hang up and try the call again in a few seconds. Remind all members of the family that the cell phones are being saved for important phone calls and for emergency situations.

3) With all the rain, keep your phone dry. Water is instant death for a cell phone with all of the electrical components. We usually charge out phones by the window seal, which we had to open due to no power for air conditioning. We moved our phones to a dry location away from windows and doors.

4) Authorities advise to forward your home phone to your cell phone so relatives can keep in touch. This is especially important if you should be evacuated. Even if your local phone service is interrupted, you will still receive phone calls forwarded from your home land line to your cell phone.

5) Use your cell phone to access weather information if you have Internet access. Most local TV stations have direct access to their station’s web site to access weather, so be sure to check this out prior to the storm. That way, you will be able to determine if the storm has passed. This is especially helpful if you are being evacuated. That way, you will have weather information no matter where you are.

Hopefully you will not find yourself in a similar situation. These tips will work also for any emergency situation you might find yourself in. We forget how valuable staying connected is, until we find ourselves in one of these situations and find out it is vital.