ZTE is the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and the second largest in the no-contract market. This month they announced the availability of the next generation of the ZMAX series, the ZMAX PRO. It’s available through MetroPCS for the affordable price of $99.00 after instant rebate. The ZMAX PRO breaks new ground as it is the first US carrier supported phone under $100 that features a fingerprint sensor, and a 3400 mAh battery. But seriously, a $99 smartphone? How good can it be?
Well, the ZTE ZMAX PRO will surprise you with its high performance for such a competitive price. The phone is packed with many of the features you would expect from a phone costing significantly more including:
- A monster 6” Full HD LCD Display with resolution of 1920 x 1080.
- Powered by SnapDragon 617 1.5 GHz Octacore Processor, + 2 GB of RAM
- MicroSD slot
- Powerful 3,400 mAh embedded battery that lasts a full day
- Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS
- 13MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras
- 32 GB of internal memory upgradeable to 128 MB with the micro SD slot
- Fingerprint sensor for added security
MetroPCS has also added its own app store offering Metro PCS apps that come pre-installed on the device along with a variety of utilities and games, although in reality this is little more than a link to the Android app store. The ZTE ZMAX PRO also features a USB Type-C connector. The cameras have the ability to frame, shoot and edit pictures on the go. Power hungry video games are playable without pause or problems, although some apps can take a little longer to load.
Unusually, the ZTE ZMAX PRO also includes a Qualcomm® Quick Charge 1.0 enabling you to charge the phone up to 40% faster than older phones.
In terms of styling and comfort, although it’s a lot of phone, it’s comfortable to hold in the hand. The soft touch back features the fingerprint sensor, which is fast and accurate. It can also be used to quick launch apps based on the finger that you use and you can also answer phone calls just by pressing the sensor.
The original retail price of the phone is $179.99 but Metro PCS’ mail-in rebate offer whittles it down to just under the $100 price mark which makes this phone an exceptionally good deal.
Unlock your ZTE ZMAX PRO with UnlockBase
Love the phone but you don’t want to stay with MetroPCS? If you would prefer another service provider, UnlockBase is the web’s leading remote unlock service and even though the ZTE ZMAX PRO has only just been launched at the beginning of August, we can unlock it for you, safely, quickly and easily with Device Unlock. Device 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. Please note that 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/
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Samsung has skipped Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and gone straight to Galaxy Note 7. It’s described as their kitchen sink phone, as contained within its sleek casing is it comes with everything you could possibly need. It comes with a cool almost bezel-less wraparound 5.7” QHD super screen made of scratchproof Corning Gorilla Glass, and strikes a balance between work and play, enabling users to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone. The phone comes with 64GB of internal memory upgradeable to 256GB.
Key attributes of the Galaxy Note 7
- The S Pen: With its new 0.7mm smudge-proof silicon tip everything you write, draw, and edit is sharp and to the point. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select, and new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages by simply hovering.
- Water repellant: The Galaxy Note 7 repels splashes and dust, and protects against accidental dips in the water of up to five feet for 30 minutes. You can even write when it’s wet with the S Pen.
- Iris Scanner Security: The new iris scanner means you can keep your most valued items and notes secure with superior protection which is unique to you. With the Galaxy Note 7’s advanced biometric authentication you can opt for fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. You can also interchange security options depending on how you use your phone. Taking secure purchasing to another level, the iris recognition technology can also be used to authenticate purchases with Samsung Pay.
- Cutting edge cameras: The Galaxy Note 7 has a 12MP 2PD Rear-Facing Camera and a 5MP 2PD Front-Facing Camera which are capable of taking pictures even in dull conditions as they have faster autofocus and a lens that lets in 95% of available light.
- First class entertainment: In addition to the ability to stream HD video in cinema like perspective, by pairing the Galaxy Note 7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note 7’s Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers a library of apps, photos, games and more to put users at the center of the action.
The T-Mobile deal
Not surprisingly, armed with its handsome new looks, superior functionality and security, it is Samsung’s most expensive phone retailing through T-Mobile at $849.99 if you were to walk in and buy it off the shelf. But if you were to go on contract it can be yours for just $69.99 upfront and $32.50 a month for 24 months. In addition to the phone T-Mobile also tempt you with the choice of a full year of Netflix, a Samsung Gear Fit2, or a 256GB memory card.
Unlock the Galaxy Note 7 today with UnlockBase
The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s top of the line phone, so it makes sense to find the best phone deal to enjoy it. UnlockBase is the web’s leading remote unlock service with the largest database of phones and service providers from around the world.
Even though the Galaxy Note 7 was only launched this month we can still unlock for it you with Device Unlock. It’s 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. Please note that when your phone is locked with “Mobile Device Unlock” it’s totally useless to order an unlock code.
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After our previous exciting update to Unlock Samsung from Sprint USA, we are pleased to inform you about the release of version v184.108.40.206 of the “UnlockBase Cable Unlock Software” adding Fast Direct Unlock (Without Root, Knox Safe) for Exynos Shannon chipset Models (see list below). We have also finally released the “Unbranded” version of our exclusive software for all our resellers. Starting today, all the generated licenses will work on the branded and unbranded versions of our software.
List of Samsung Exynos Shannon chipset Models:
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Mobile-Base is a dynamic new site that offers customers around the world a safe, secure and properly vetted buying experience for mobile phones of all kinds and for all budgets. With over two billion mobile phones currently in use around the world, there’s always a great bargain to be had, but when you buy remotely it’s often difficult to know what you are getting.
Buy Cell Phone from Sellers you can trust
Instead of working with Sellers you don’t know or trust, Mobile-Base takes the time and effort to work with cell phone stores and dealers around the world who are keen to work with us. They want to extend the good service and reputation they have built up in traditional bricks and mortar stores and start to offer their products and services online. And because every dealer is checked, buyers can feel confident that they will receive exactly what they pay for.
The site is designed to be easy to navigate, and refreshingly fast to find exactly what type of phone or device you are looking for, or where is the best section for you to sell your own wares. Whether you’re looking to buy, or you want to sell a phone, you can be up and running on Mobile-Base fast.
Tell us what you want, we’ll tell you when it’s available
Whichever model you are looking for from a wide choice of brands, if you don’t find what you want straightaway you can subscribe to the site and we’ll let you know as soon as a seller offers the phone you are searching for.
With each Seller we feature you can quickly check what inventory they have on the site, as well as their pricing history. If you find better value, just move on, Mobile-Base is like a multi storey shopping mall that only sells phones and devices, so there’s a lot of choice.
We make sure everything runs smoothly. Mobile-Base has a a team of ten dedicated mobile phone experts working 24/7 to review and monitor every single deal posted on our site so as to offer maximum protection to our customers, and to ensure prompt and efficient payment for our trusted dealers.
So whether you’re a webmaster or a cell phone store owner, you should get in touch to find out more about our affiliate program and details on how you can make some serious money by trading your phones with us.
Trade older phones and devices on Re-Boot Hill
In addition to selling new or newish phones and devices, you can even buy or sell older products, many of which are rare and no longer in production, in our special section called Re-Boot Hill. There is still a thriving market for older phones, tablets, iPads and other devices, as well as all those easy to lose accessories such as chargers and cables that go with them. And even though these are older products you’re still protected to make sure you get exactly what you pay for. All item descriptions must be accurate and truthful.
Learn handy hints on buying and selling online
In the coming months we’ll be adding informative articles on best practice for buying and selling mobile phones and other devices remotely. There are already articles on how not to get scammed, how to find that all important IMEI, and how you can make money from older devices. You can learn a lot without having to lift a finger.
Tell us what you want!
Rather like a smartphone, Mobile-Base is a two-way communications tool. We tell you what’s out there, you tell us what you want and how you want the site to improve. We’re here to listen to what you need to make ours the best mobile phone market on the web. Check us out!
BlackBerry is still trying to play catch up with the smart phone some nine years after Apple iPhone started the revolution. Last year it launched Priv, its first high-end smart phone powered by Android, but it was matched with a high-end price of $700, which priced it above arguably the most admired smartphone of them all, the Samsung Galaxy Edge and the iPhone 6s.
Even BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted that introducing such a high ticket phone was not the best thing the struggling manufacturer could have done. Sales of the Priv were understandably muted and disappointing. So it’s not often these days that the name BlackBerry and ‘what’s hot’ go together in the same sentence. But now BlackBerry has launched its first touchscreen-only Android handset, in a bold bid to diversify its range of devices, and for now at least, it is causing something of a stir in the mobile phone market.
The new phone is called the BlackBerry DTEK50. It’s a smartphone – you can have any color as long as it’s black – which the company claims to offer improved security over rival Android devices, and, at $299 will cost significantly less than its previous handset, Priv.
It is the Canadian firm’s second Android handset after switching focus away from its struggling BB10 platform – for which many of the most popular apps such as Whatsapp have simply given up providing versions. One analyst has described the new phone as the “right move” but that the company still faced an “uphill battle” with devices. And unlike the Priv, the DTEK 50 does away with BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard and opts for a full screen.
The company said it would go beyond selling the phone through carriers and offer the DTEK 50 through security resellers and other distributors as it angles for more business customers. While the Canadian carriers will sell the phone, in the US the DTEK 50 will be sold through Best Buy, B&H and Amazon.
The DTEK’s main claim to fame is as the most secure Android smartphone you can buy. It features a 5.2-inch scratch resistant display, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and there’s a convenience key which you can map to your favorite app and much more. BlackBerry has hardened the OS on the DTEK50, and added a secure boot process to ensure that it is the most secure it can be.
The DTEK50 can make suggestions to improve your phone’s security as well as give you much more information about what each app is doing, and what social media your apps are accessing. The phone also has unique internal hardware, with its chips protected by cryptographic keys to prevent tampering and thwart any would be hackers. An important advantage if you are one of the many who has switched to mobile phone banking apps. It was recently reported that mobile phone banking apps now outstrip traditional visits to banks and online banking via PC combined. So for that reason, a truly secure mobile phone such as the DTEK50 could be well worth investigating.
The phone has 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM with a MicroSD that can take up to 250GB of extra capacity. The phone has a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and an 8 megapixel front facing camera for selfies with geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 phone is expected to be released August 8th, and only time will tell if BlackBerry has a winner on its hands for the first time in too long. New physical keyboard phones are also said to be in the pipeline.
We think of cellphones as being very much a 21st century invention. And there is no doubt they have become indispensable to our everyday lives, all around the world. Modern cellphones or smartphones as they have become known, are used as a means of instant communication, whether by phone, text, email, instant message, or Skype. For video gaming, for music, for photography, even for finding our way to the nearest take out at 2am in the morning.
As more apps are developed, they become more crucial to our everyday lives. But did you know that wireless technology has actually been around since the early 1900s? No? Then you need to arm yourself with our brief history of the cellphone.
Wireless Technology in the Early 1900’s
It all started with one Nathan B. Stubblefield in the year 1908. He was a self-described “practical farmer, fruit grower and electrician” and also an inventor who was granted a patent by the US government to develop a wireless telephone technology system. Fast forward to 1921, and the first use of a radio telephony service became available on first-class passenger trains on the Berlin-Hamburg route in Germany.
Stubblefield (1908) with his later, induction, wireless telephone
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, in the United States, the first radio receiver was created by the Galvin Manufacturing Company, and soon became known as the Walkie Talkie. The model was referred to as the Motorola SC-300. The Walkie Talkie was quickly adopted by police departments as it delivered a means of constant communication, even while the police were out patrolling the beat.
Mobile Phone Technology after World War 2
The first official “cellphones” although not as we know them today, were first used by the Swedish Police in 1946. They worked by means of connecting a hand-held phone to the central telephone network. These early cellphones were separate to two-way radio phones that were commonly used in cars and taxis as a means of portable communication. There was just one problem with these phones, they could only make 6 calls before the car’s battery was drained!
Modern cell phone technology closer to what we recognize today, started when the appropriately named D.H. Ring from Bell Labs created hexagonal cells for mobile phones in 1947. Later, another engineer from Bell Labs came up with the idea of cell towers that would transmit and receive signals in three directions instead of two. However, rather like aviation design, electronics and other technologies take decades to mature. For instance, the electronics that were used in the first real cell phones were first developed in the 1960’s. In 1950, radio phones were used by the US military for communication and civil services.
1947 Paper That First Described a Cell-Phone Network
Cellphone Development in The ’60s
The electronic parts and components that are used in today’s generation of cellphones were developed during the 1960’s. Yes, cellphone technology was already available in the 60s, however its use was only restricted because the cell areas were only base stations which covered a limited land area. During these times, calls could be made, but if the cellphone user traveled beyond the boundaries of the cell area, the signal got blocked or went dead. Of course that can still happen today but cellphones can cover a far wider area.
Cellphones in the 70’s and 80’s
In 1970, Amos Edward Joel, who also was another engineer at Bell Labs, developed the call handoff system. This technology facilitated phone calls from one area to another that would not be dropped. By 1971, AT&T, requested a public cellular phone service from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but that request was only processed a decade later. The advent of analog cellphone service began in 1982, and this continued until 1990.
In 1983, Motorola unveiled the first truly portable cellular phone to the world. It was called the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, also known as the Brick. This was they type of phone Michael Douglas used in the movie Wall Street. The FCC approved it in the United States. Motorola developed the technology for cellular phones for decades and this particular phone took 15 years to come on the market at a cost of over 100 million dollars.
Michael Douglas (as Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street”) holding a Motorola DynaTAC
Cellphones become smartphones – 2007 to present
Just prior to the new millennium in 1999, the first-ever fully-fledged Internet phone service was introduced by Japanese company NTT Docomo. The following year, mobile phone advertising first appeared in Finland, when a free SMS text service was launched, and was sponsored by advertisers. Cellular phones from the early 1990s are considered second generation (2G) and they were able to work on mobile phone systems such as GSM, IS-136 (TDMA), and IS-95 (CDMA). Digital mobile phone networks were in use in the United States in 1990 and in Europe by 1991.
In 2001, the pre-commercial 3G trial network was also launched by NTT Docomo, and soon after, Sony and Ericsson agreed to create a joint company, which was called Sony-Ericsson, for the development and manufacture of high-end cellphones.
Just as 3G became accepted worldwide, and phones were designed around the capabilities of the speed and services it could provide, along came 4G in 2011.
When we look back on the introduction of the Apple iPhone, one of the earliest smartphones in 2007, everyone hailed it as a complete revolution, enabling music, photography and instant messaging, yet all this was managed on 3G, and in comparison to today’s high speed 4G broadband access, today the first Apple iPhone would seem incredibly clunky, underpowered and slow.
With the introduction of 4G mobile broadband (short for 4th generation) in Korea as early as 2008, smartphones of today act as efficiently and effectively as laptop computers, while still remaining wireless. This allows mobile phone users to access the full internet just as they would on a computer without any decrease in speed or the dropping of any data. If you think back to early websites adapted for mobile, they were slow, prone to stalling and generally frustrating to deal with. In the last couple of years, apps have been developed for popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Amazon that actually work better and look better than their desktop based counterparts. For now, the 5G network is the fastest mobile broadband network available.
The technology behind the 4G network is either WiMax or Long Term Evolution (LTE). WiMax uses a broadband network over a wireless connection. LTE, on the other hand, transfers data using IP connections. Essentially 4G creates an IP address for every mobile device.
And what about the future of broadband transmission and advances in smartphone technology? There are great plans underway but we will leave that for another posting…
If you insist on Samsung quality but you don’t want to pay Samsung’s high-end phone prices, the entry level Galaxy Core Prime could be just the phone you’re looking for. It’s an all-plastic phone that manages to look and perform dependably above its weight. Its slim line good looks are inspired by some of Samsung’s bigger, more powerful phones, so while it is a budget model, it doesn’t perform like a budget phone.
The build quality is good, with smooth curves and a brushed metallic bezel and the battery is removable so you can add up to 128GB of storage via the microSD card slot that sits on top of the single micro SIM slot.
The phone runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor – a SnapDragon 410, with Adreno 306 graphics, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (5.3GB is usable). In general use the phone performs at a good rate but for some heavier apps there can be slight delays when launched. At 4.5” inches, the WVGA screen is also smaller than some of the currently popular 5.5” phablet style phones, but it certainly makes up for lack of size with ease of portability as it could comfortably fit into a shirt pocket, so it’s perfect to carry around for summer months wearing just shirtsleeves.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime has 4G LTE data speeds so you can stream high-quality videos, video chat and share photos with friends. It runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with the TouchWiz interface to make navigating simple.
As far as picture power is concerned, the phone has a front facing 2MP camera for easy selfies and a higher quality 5MP camera on the back with Auto Focus and a rear LED flash.
Battery power is boosted when it’s in Ultra Power Saving Mode; the battery continues to power the phone even when it’s critically low. It works by turning most of your screens to black and white and shuts off nonessential apps, so your smartphone still works when you need it.
T-Mobile USA was selling the Galaxy Core Prime for cash for $139.99 or just $5.84 per month with no money down.
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