For some, thinking of cellphones brings up images of teenagers constantly texting or adults sharing private phone conversations in inappropriate places, such as riding the train to work. But mobile phones offer benefits that extend beyond basic communication. People often structure their professional and personal daily lives around the use of a cellphone.
Mobile phones make it easy to keep in touch with family and friends, whether you're killing time during a long commute or quickly reminding your wife to buy milk at the grocery store. If you don't have time for a conversation, send a quick text message. This allows you to stay connected even during business meetings or in public places where a voice conversation would be inappropriate, such as in the grocery check-out line.
Cellphone plans have made most land-line long-distance plans obsolete. Many people opt to remove their home phones -- and the accompanying bills -- completely, and use solely their mobile phones. Others keep basic home-phone service, but make all their long-distance calls on a cellphone; most cellphone plans include free long distance inside the U.S. and discounted packages for out-of-country calls. Most mobile plans also include convenient features such as free voice mail and caller ID, reducing the need for an additional land-line service.
People use mobile phones in emergency situations to call the police, a tow truck or to let family know where they are. Cellphones offer a safety net by allowing you to call for directions if you're lost, or to keep a friend on the phone while you walk through a dark parking garage. More recent technology advances mean many phones include on-board GPS locators, making it easier for emergency services to find you if you require rescuing, such as after a car accident. This feature is also handy for parents of teens who want to track their movements.
Smartphones allow you to stay connected at all times. Besides updating your social-network statuses, you can check movie times and reserve tickets, make dinner reservations, send emails and look up directions. This means you can easily change your plans on the fly without wasting trips to booked restaurants or sold-out movies.
Mobile phones allow you to telecommute or travel for work without losing touch with employees and customers. Between calls, texts, emails, mobile document software and photo-messaging, most office jobs can be completed using only a smartphone. This saves money on your gas, time during your commutes and money for your business because you can be productive on the plane and reachable immediately for important decisions.
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