Green 1 Computer Systems

Below you will find your class topic and the individual components of the topic:


Cell Phones
This project is intended to discuss Cell Phones. The following are subtopics which should be researched in relation to this topic:





Table of Contents:
1) The Definition of Cell Phones
2) The Evolution(History) of the Cell Phone
3) How Cell Phone Service Works
4) Cell Phone Service Providers and Their History
5) Pricing and Compering Cell Phones
6) Current Uses of Cell Phones
7) Possible Future Applications and New Technologies of Cell Phones
8) Sources




The Definition of a Cell Phone

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a current cellphone
A cell phone or portable telephone is a device that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. Cell Phones use radio waves to send and receive these phone signals. They do this by sending these waves to a cell towers that then relay that information into the PSTN or Public Switched Telephone Network. The PSTN is what makes up land line phones.





The Evolution (History) of the Cell Phone




external image martin_cooper_500px.jpgBefore there were cell phones there were radios. Radios have been used since 1921. These radios were revised in the 1940’s so that police could use them. However, the concept of a cell phone came from the mobile car phone.
In 1973, Dr. Martin Cooper came up with Motorola and was the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone. Cell phones went public in Chicago in 1977. The first cell phone was brick-like, and weighed 30 ounces.By 1983, Motorola introduced the 16-ounce oldcellphones6_18_06_08.jpgDynaTAC.” Each phone cost $3,500. The cell phone market has grown in the past 25 years from a $3 million market to a $30 billion per year industry.


In 1996, Motorola came out with the StarTac, which was the first “clamshell” headset and the first phone to feature the vibrate function. Cell phone’s popularity grew rapidly as time went on. In 1998, more cell phones were sold worldwide
awsome_phone.jpgthan the number of PCs and cars combined. In 2000, the first cell phone to have an internal antenna was produced by Nokia. In Japan in 2001, the first cell phone featuring an internal camera was released. Phones have become increasingly popular. In recent years, features such as internet, voice activated command, and GPS have been added to cell phones.


The first cell phone was very bulky and was even described as “brick-like.” It weighed 30 ounces and did not have near the capability of the phones we have today. The talk time of the first phone was only 35 minutes and the charge time was 10 hours. It had no display features, because it had no screen, and its only features were talk, listen, and dial. Cell phones today weigh around 3 oz. and not only enable people to talk, but also send text messages, access the internet, tell the time, and do many other things.





How Cell Phone Service Works


Basic Cell Phone Tower
Basic Cell Phone Tower
One of the most interesting things about the cell phones is that it was made from the design of a radio. So they got the tower idea from the AM and FM radio types. When you make a call on your cell phone, it is wirelessly linked to the telephone network and towers so your call can be connected. In the cellular system each tower called a base station covers a circular area called a cells. A large area or place can be split into a number of these cells. When its sent to the base station it uses microwave antennas. This allows different base stations to use the same frequencies, or channels, for communication links as long as the cell phone does not go out of range to a tower so you can have service to make a call.
Inside a cell phone, there is a circuit board with microprocessors that make each cell phone a miniature computer. When connected to a wireless network, these microprocessors allow you to exchange this data and communicate with other people. When sent to the base stations. There are not always towers anymore. There is wireless antennas’ mounted on church steeples, on trees and flagpoles, and on top of tall buildings.


Cell phone service works a lot like a two way radio. It sends out signals and receives signals in words that we can understand. What makes all of this possible? Of course microchips are used in the process to make the size of the cell phone as small as possible. Also, because the processing chips are so small, there can be many of them at once in a single cell phone. This allows greater range in signal and larger brain function of the actual device. What makes cell phones so impressive is the actual size of the device that enables the user to have a conversation with another person who is several miles away (or even further) and still be allowed to be hand-held. This is the magic of the cell phone.

Again, the cell phone is like a two way radio, sending and receiving signals. How a cell phone does this activity is a bit more complicated. In order to communicate with someone, you must first type in their number. This is the signal, or code, that is being used to contact a particular unit. This signal is letting the other phone (receiver) know a device is trying to reach it. Once the other person accepts the incoming call (again known as the signal), both cell phones are soon connected by a link of radio waves. Now the cell phones may pass signals back and forth first as sound that are transformed into an electric current, then they are turned into waves and are again done in the reverse. The newly formed waves find the device it was sent to and are transformed into another electric current which is finally turned into sound that the user that was contacted by the other phone may understand. All of this is done in the blink of an eye and allows a conversation to take place over a great distance.




This is how radio waves work for a cell phone.





Cell Phone Service Providers and Their History

In our time and place today, there are numerous ways to communicate- computers, online, cell phones, etc. In cell phone technology, there are numerous service providers that, by using there service, we can use our phones to the best of our abilities. Furthermore, in the world of service providers, there are numerous carriers we can use: At&t, Verizon, Alltel, Sprint, etc. And even more in depth, there are 3 main “types” of phones services that we can have: traditional carriers, special carriers, and prepaid only carriers.


Alltel
Alltel offers wireless, local/long-distance communication, and Internet Services in 36 states. Although this service is much more expensive than
some of the others, their family plans are a great deal if you want unlimited data, calling, and texting for everyone.
Sprint is a rather new service provider that was officially formed in August 2005. Sprint offers “Everything you want Plans”, as well as (direct quote): Voice services including Push-to-Talk; High speed wireless data services including Sprint Power Vision streamin
g TV and radio content and music store; Limited Wi-Fi wireless Internet service. Alltell.jpg
T Mobile has grown over the last 9 years to be able to cover the entire United States. Although it is fast growing, unlimited nights and weekends are not standard on all plans, and the wireless internet plans are very expensive.
In 1943, Allied Telephone Company was a small business that specialized in cabling for telephone companies across Arkansas and installing telephone poles. It was founded by Charles Miller and Hugh Willbourn Jr. In 1983, Mid-Continent Telephone and Allied Telephone merged together into one company. Weldon W. Case and his little brother Nelson H. Case founded Mid-Continent Telephone. Weldon became the first chairman of Alltel and the company was headquartered in Hudson, Ohio. In Charlotte, North Carolina in 1985, Alltel launched its first wireless system. Alltel opened its first wireless retail store in 1993. In 1997, the company’s wireless and wire line businesses were combined into a single organization.



Sprint
The Sprint Corporation was founded in 1899 by Cleyson Leroy Brown, George Andrew Lita and Rosemarie Casuncad under the name of the "Brown Telephone Company" in the small town of Abilene, Kansas. They decided to change the name of their company to United Utilities after recovering from bankruptcy in 1938.Through the years. The company grew solidly and changed their name again to United Telecommunications. At this time, United
Sprint.jpgTelecommunications provided areas of the Midwest and South with local telephone service. New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim were among the first metropolitan areas to receive the Sprint service. Los Angeles and New York were where the switches were located. The customer would request to have a private line to one of these switches to access the service and had to pay and access fee for every line they added. The bill that the customer received was 2.6 cents per tenth of a minute increment.
In September of 1996, Sprint presented an alliance with Radio Shack. In 1997 Radio Shack started to sell Sprint communication services and products. Since 1997, 20 million and counting Sprint cellular phones have been sold through the Radio Shack stores. One of the first retailers to offer an all-digital nationwide network and Sprint services for its customers was Radio Shack.



AT&T
AT&T is currently the largest wireless carrier in the nation. Their main focus, as well as Verizon’s, is to have cool, high-speed data phones, that consumers would want to purchase. AT&T is also the largest BlackBerry provider in North America.
Verizon Wireless is the second largest operating system in the United States, with over 68 million users. Verizon has amazing network coverage, and you can almost get “a bar” in anyplace
at anytime- not only that, but most of their phones are great for texting and emailing.


The history of
AT&T is very close and intertwined with the history of the telephone in the United States. AT&T's roots extend back to the year 1875, with the founder Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the original and first telephone. During the 19th century, AT&T became the primary company for the Bell
AT&T.jpg System, and became the American telephone monopoly. The Bell System provided what was by all accounts the best telephone service in the world. The system broke up into eight companies in 1984 by agreement between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice for this monopoly that had been created needed to be broken. From 1984 until 1996 AT&T was an integrated telecommunications services and equipment company, succeeding in a newly competitive environment. Today, AT&T is a global networking leader, focused on delivering IP-based solutions to enterprise and government customers. Additionally, as AT&T pivots away from traditional consumer services, the company continues to offer consumers and small businesses a breakthrough alternative to traditional services – Voice over IP.


Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless traces its roots back to Bell Atlantic Mobile, NYNEX Mobile Communications, Air Touch Communications, Prime Co Communications,
Verizon_Wireless.png and GTE Mobil net. Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile Communications merged in 1995 to create Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile, and in 1997 their namesake Baby Bell parents followed suit to form the new Bell Atlantic and their wireless subsidiary was renamed Bell Atlantic Mobile. Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile Communications were created from Advanced Mobile Phone Service, Inc., which was a subsidiary of AT&T created in 1978 to provide cellular service nationwide. AMPS, Inc. was divided among the RBOCs as part of the Bell System Divestiture. Meanwhile, in June 1999, Air Touch Communications of San Francisco, California merged with UK-based Vodafone Group Plc, forming Vodafone Air Touch Plc. In September 1999, Vodafone Air Touch announced a $90-billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic Corp. to be called Verizon Wireless, and which would be comprised of the two companies' U.S. wireless assets: Bell Atlantic Mobile and Air Touch Paging. This wireless joint venture received regulatory approval in six months, and began operations as Verizon Wireless on April 4, 2000. On June 30, 2000, the addition of GTE Wireless' assets, in connection with the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE to form Verizon Communications, made Verizon Wireless the nation's largest wireless communications provider (until Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless in 2004). For the joint venture, Verizon Communications owns 55% and UK-based Vodafone Group (formerly Vodafone Air Touch) owns 45%. The name "Verizon,” is created by combining the word "veritas," a Latin term that means "truth," and the word "horizon." Together, they are supposed to conjure images of reliability, certainty, leadership, and limitless possibilities. And lastly on February 19, 2008, Verizon Wireless became the first of the "big" cellular companies to offer unlimited minutes talk plans


T-Mobile
t-mobile400x320.gifThe company T-Mobile was founded in December 1999 as a company owned by Deutsche Telecom. Since then T-Mobile became one of the leading companies in mobile communications. It was among the first to operate the GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) which permitted the company to go to the next level of its development. T-Mobile and its affiliates used such technologies like GPRS, UMTS and W-LAN which were foc used on the future usage.






Pricing and Comparison of Cell Phones

AT&T Cell Phones Two Year Contract Price

  • LG CE110 $29.99
  • Sony Ericsson W350 $39.99
  • LG CU515 $59.99
  • Nokia 6085 $29.99
  • Motorola RAZR v3 $79.99
  • Nokia 2610 $49.99
  • Samsung A737 $49.99
  • Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman® $99.99
  • Nokia 2600 $0.00
  • Samsung A237 $39.99
  • Samsung A437 $99.99
  • Nokia 6555 $49.99
  • Sony Ericsson Z310a $130.00
  • Samsung A127 $29.99
  • Samsung Z750a $99.99
  • Pantech Slate (C530) $ 99.99
  • Pantech Matrix $129.99
  • Samsung A767 $129.99
  • Samsung a777 $129.99
  • AT&T Quickfire $149.99
  • Sony Ericsson W760a $179.99
  • LG Shine™ $99.99
  • Pantech Breeze™ $79.99
  • Samsung A727 $79.99
  • Samsung Access™ $99.99
  • Samsung A747 $149.99
  • LG Invision™ $129.99
  • LG VU™ $149.99
  • Pantech Duo $199.99
  • Samsung BlackJack™ II $199.99
  • Palm® Centro $179.99
  • MOTORAZR V3xx $149.99
  • Motorola MOTO™ Z9 $199.99
  • RAZR 2 V9x $199.99
  • Samsung SLM $149.99
  • Samsung Rugby (a837) $179.99
  • Samsung a637 $99.99
  • Pantech C610 $99.99
  • Moto Q™ Global $199.99
  • Samsung Epix™ $299.99
  • BlackBerry® Bold™ $399.99
  • BlackBerry® Pearl 8110 $149.99
  • Sandstone BlackBerry® Pearl 8110 $149.99
  • BlackBerry® Pearl 8120 $249.99
  • BlackBerry® Curve 8310 $179.99
  • BlackBerry® 8700c $49.99
  • HTC FUZE™ $349.99
  • AT&T Tilt™ $299.99
  • BlackBerry® 8820 $299.99


Verizon Cell Phones

Standard Cell Phones
  • Samsung Juke---2-year contract price: $69.99
  • Samsung SCH-u550---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • Motorola W385 (Certified Pre-Owned) --- 2-yr Contract Price $89.99
  • Motorola W315 (Certified Pre-Owned) --- 2-yr Contract Price $9.99
  • Samsung SCH-u340 (Certified Pre-Owned) --- 2-yr Contract Price $29.99
  • Samsung SCH-u410 (Certified Pre-Owned) --- 2-yr Contract Price $79.99
  • Verizon Wireless CDM 8905---2-yr Contract Price $9.99
  • Verizon Wireless Coupe™---2-yr Contract Price $19.99
  • Samsung SCH-u540 (Certified Pre-Owned) --- 2-yr Contract Price $19.99
  • Motorola MOTO™ VU204---2-yr Contract Price $79.99
  • Samsung SCH-u340---2-yr Contract Price $29.99
  • Samsung Knack™---2-yr Contract Price $39.99
  • Samsung Gleam™---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • Nokia 6205 The Dark Knight Edition---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • Nokia 6205---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • Samsung SCH-u430---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • LG VX5500---2-yr Contract Price $99.99
  • Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv---2-yr Contract Price $119.99
  • Motorola MOTO™ W755 in Black Slate---2-yr Contract Price $119.99
  • Verizon Wireless Blitz™---2-yr Contract Price $119.99
  • LG VX8350---2-yr Contract Price $129.99
  • Samsung Sway™---2-yr Contract Price $129.99
  • Motorola MOTO™ Z6c World Edition---2-yr Contract Price $149.99
  • Samsung Alias™ – SCH–u740 in Silver---2-yr Contract Price $149.99
  • Motorola Rapture™ VU30---2-yr Contract Price $149.99
  • LG enV²® in Black---2-yr Contract Price $179.99
  • LG Chocolate® 3 in Black---2-yr Contract Price $179.99
  • LG VENUS™ in Pink---2-yr Contract Price $199.99
  • Samsung Glyde™---2-yr Contract Price $199.99
  • LG Decoy™---2-yr Contract Price $199.99
  • LG Voyager™ in Titanium---2-yr Contract Price $199.99
  • Motorola Krave™ ZN4---2-yr Contract Price $199.99
  • Samsung FlipShot™ in Black---2-yr Contract Price $219.99
  • LG Dare™---2-yr Contract Price $ 249.99
  • LG Decoy™ Limited Edition---2-yr Contract Price $249.99

SmartPhones and PDAs(Personal Digital Assistant)
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PDAs

  • Verizon Wireless PN-820 Smartphone---2-yr Contract Price $9.99
  • Motorola MOTO Q™ 9c---2-yr Contract Price $169.99
  • Palm® Centro™ Smartphone---2-yr Contract Price $169.99
  • Verizon Wireless XV6900---2-yr Contract Price $269.99
  • Palm® Treo™ 700wx Smartphone---2-yr Contract Price $399.99
  • Verizon Wireless XV6800---2-yr Contract Price $419.99

Blackberry
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Blackberry Cell Phone

  • BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8130 smartphone---2-yr Contract Price $149.99
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone---2-yr Contract Price $169.99
  • BlackBerry® 8703e---2-yr Contract Price $149.99
  • BlackBerry® 8830 World Edition Smartphone--2-yr Contract Price $219.99


“Push To Talk”
  • Motorola Adventure™ V750---2-yr Contract Price $179.99
  • Verizon Wireless G'zOne Boulder™ in Black & Silver---2-yr Contract Price $229.99


T-Mobile Cell Phones

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8120
  • Suggested retail: $349.00
  • BlackBerry Pearl 8100
  • Suggested retail: $299.99
  • BlackBerry Curve:
  • Suggested retail: $449.99
  • BlackBerry 8700g
  • Suggested retail: $249.99
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
  • Suggested retail: $349.99
  • BlackBerry 8820
  • Suggested retail: $499.99
  • Motorola:
  • Motorola RIZR Z3
  • Suggested retail: $189.99
  • Motorola RAZR V3
  • Suggested retail: $129.99
  • Motorola Active
  • Suggested retail: $159.99
  • Motorola V195
  • Suggested retail: $99.99
  • Motorola W490
  • Suggested retail: $159.99
  • Motorola ZINE
  • Suggested retail: $349.99
  • Motorola ROKR E8
  • Suggested retail: $349.99
  • Motorola RAZR2
  • Suggested retail: $369.99
  • Nokia:
  • Nokia 6263
  • Suggested retail: $199
  • Nokia 6103
  • Suggested retail: $149.99
  • Nokia 2610
  • Suggested retail: $59.99
  • Nokia 1680
  • Suggested retail: $59.99
  • Nokia 2760
  • Suggested retail: $89.99
  • Nokia 6133
  • Suggested retail: $139.99
  • Nokia 3555
  • Suggested retail: $149.99
  • Nokia 5310
  • Suggested retail: $199.99
  • Nokia 6310
  • Suggested retail: $179.99
  • Samsung:
  • Samsung Beat:
  • Suggested retail: $199.99
  • Samsung t429
  • Suggested retail: $129.99
  • Samsung t229
  • Suggested retail: $89.99
  • Samsung t439
  • Suggested retail: $169.99
  • Samsung t109
  • Suggested retail: $69.99
  • Samsung t129
  • Suggested retail: $69.99
  • Samsung t639
  • Suggested retail: $199.99
  • Samsung t339
  • Suggested retail: $159.99
  • Samsung Blast
  • Suggested retail: $179.99
  • Samsung Katalyst
  • Suggested retail: $199.99
  • Samsung t819
  • Suggested retail: $219.99
  • Samsung Behold
  • Suggested retail: $399.99
  • Sidekick:
  • T-Mobile Sidekick iD
  • Suggested retail: $249.99
  • T-Mobile Sidekick
  • Suggested retail: $299.99
  • T-Mobile Sidekick LX
  • Suggested retail: $399.99
  • T-Mobile Sidekick LX- Limited Edition Tony Hawk
  • Suggested retail: $449.99
  • Sony Ericsson:
  • Sony Ericsson TM506
  • Suggested retail: $159.99
  • T-Mobile:


Sprint Phones


  • Upstage™ by Samsung® --$249.99
  • M300 by Samsung®--$219.99
  • M320 by Samsung®--$219.99
  • S1 by Sanyo® --$169.99
  • KATANA® LX by Sanyo® --$249.99
  • LX160 by LG--$179.99
  • M220 by Samsung®--$179.99
  • i335 by Motorola --$239.99
  • Samsung Rant™--$299.99
  • Rumor™ by LG® --$279.99
  • M520 by Samsung®--$249.99
  • PRO-200 by Sanyo®--$249.99
  • Compass™ 597 by Sierra Wireless --$249.99
  • i850 by Motorola --$209.99
  • BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8130 --$499.99
  • Centro™ by Palm® --$399.99
  • Ovation U727 by Novatel Wireless --$299.99
  • i576 by Motorola --$279.99
  • LX400 by LG® --$279.99
  • PRO-700 by Sanyo® --$279.99
  • i776 by Motorola --$229.99
  • The Buzz™ ic502 by Motorola --$269.99
  • i365 by Motorola --$239.99
  • KATANA® Eclipse X by Sanyo® --$299.99
  • Samsung Highnote™ --$329.99
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 --$569.99
  • MOTO Q™ 9c by Motorola --$399.99\
  • Samsung ACE™ --$449.99
  • MOTORAZR™ VE20 by Motorola --$329.99
  • Z400 by Samsung® --$299.99
  • The Buzz+™ ic602 by Motorola --$289.99
  • AirCard® 597E ExpressCard by Sierra Wireless --$329.99
  • Merlin™ EX720 by Novatel Wireless --$329.99
  • Aircard® 595 by Sierra Wireless --$269.99
  • Samsung Instinct™ --$449.99
  • Motorola® Renegade™ V950 --$329.99
  • The Deluxe™ ic902 by Motorola --$339.99
  • LG Lotus™ --$299.99
  • i880 by Motorola --$349.99
  • Katana® DLX by Sanyo® --$329.99
  • Treo™ 755p by Palm --$579.99
  • i580 by Motorola --$349.99
  • i615 by Motorola --$349.99
  • i920 by Motorola --$349.99
  • 7100i™ by BlackBerry® --$349.99
  • 8830 by BlackBerry® --$549.99
  • Palm® Treo™ 800w--$599.99
  • Touch Diamond™ by HTC --$549.99
  • HTC Touch PRO™ --$579.99
  • Mogul™ by HTC --$549.99


T-Mobile Plans


Individual basic
  • Whenever minutes: 300
  • Weekend minutes: unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes: none
  • Mobile to mobile minutes: none
  • Additional Minutes: $0.40 per minutes
  • $29.99/month

Individual Prime
  • Whenever minutes: 1000
  • Weekend Minutes: none
  • Weeknight Minutes: none
  • Mobile to mobile minutes: none
  • Additional Minutes: $0.40 per minutes
  • $39.99/month

Individual Value
  • Whenever Minutes: 600
  • Weekend minutes: unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes: unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes: none
  • Additional Minutes: $0.40 per minute
  • $39.99/month

Individual Plus
  • Whenever minutes: 1000
  • Weekend minutes: unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes: unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile: none
  • Additional Minutes: $0.40 per minutes
  • $49.99/month

Individual Max
  • Whenever minutes: 1500
  • Weekend minutes:
  • Weeknight minutes:
  • Mobile to mobile: none
  • Additional Minutes: $0.40 per minute
  • 59.99/month

Individual Unlimited
  • Whenever minutes: unlimited
  • Weekend minutes: unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes: unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile: unlimited
  • Additional Minutes: $0.00 per minute
  • $99.99/month

FamilyTime Basic
  • Whenever minutes 700 per month
  • Weekend minutes Unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes Unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes Unlimited
  • Shared minutes 700 per month
  • Additional minutes $.40 per minute
  • $59.99/month

FamilyTime
  • Whenever minutes 1000 per month
  • Weekend minutes Unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes Unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes Unlimited
  • Shared minutes 1000 per month
  • Additional minutes $.35 per minute
  • $69.99/month

FamilyTime Plus
  • Whenever minutes 2000 per month
  • Weekend minutes Unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes Unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes Unlimited
  • Shared minutes 2000 per month
  • Additional minutes $.35 per minute
  • $99.99/month

FamilyTime Ultra
  • Whenever minutes 3000 per month
  • Weekend minutes Unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes Unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes Unlimited
  • Shared minutes 3000 per month
  • Additional minutes $.35 per minute
  • $129.99/month

FamilyTime Unlimited
  • Whenever minutes Unlimited
  • Weekend minutes Unlimited
  • Weeknight minutes Unlimited
  • myFaves minutes Unlimited
  • Mobile to mobile minutes Unlimited
  • Shared minutes Unlimited
  • Additional minutes $.00 per minute


Verizon Plans

Basic Plan

  • Single Line: $99.99
  • Family SharePlan®:
  • First 2 Lines: $199.98
  • Additional Lines: $99.99 per line
  • Data Sent or Received: $1.99/MB

Select Plan

  • (Unlimited Messaging to anyone in US)
  • Single Line: $199.99
  • Family SharePlan®:
  • First 2 Lines: $229.98
  • Additional Lines: $99.99 per line
  • Data Sent or Received: $1.99/MB

Premium Plan

  • (Unlimited to anyone in US, V Cast Vpack, VZ Navigator, and Mobile Email)
  • Single Line: $139.99
  • Family SharePlan®:
  • First 2 Lines: $269.98
  • Additional Lines: $199.99 per line
  • Data Sent or Received: Included


AT&T Plans

Individual Plan
  • Single Line: $99.99
  • Each Additional Line: $99.99
  • One Time Activation Fee: $36.00
  • Unlimited Calls and Texts

Family Plan
  • First Two Lines: $199.99
  • Each Additional Line: $99.99
  • One Time Activation Fee: $36.00
  • Additional Line Activation Fee: $26.00
  • Unlimited Calls and Texts
  • Maximum: Five Lines

Prepaid Plan
  • 10 cents per min.
  • Recharge Phone with Minutes Card
  • Unlimited Calls and Texts: $39.98

Data Plan

  • Extra Features (for Blackberry, iPhone, etc.): $35.00
  • Unlimited Calls, Texts, Internet, etc.




Sprint Plans

Simply EverythingSM Plan
  • Unlimited: text, surf, email, listen, watch, find and talk.
  • Blackberry Internet
  • GPS navigation
  • Music Premier
  • TV Premier
  • NFL Mobile Live
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile
  • Messaging: text, pictures and videos
  • Talk: unlimited calling, nationwide long distance and no roaming



Simply Everything SM

  • Family Plan Unlimited: text, surf, email, listen, watch, find and talk.

  • Blackberry Internet
  • GPS navigation
  • Music Premier
  • TV Premier
  • NFL Mobile Live
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile
  • Messaging: text, pictures and videos
  • Talk: unlimited calling, nationwide long distance and no roaming
  • 2 Lines included. Lines 3-5 $89.99 per month per line



Everything Data Plan
  • Blackberry Internet
  • GPS navigation
  • Music Premier
  • TV Premier
  • NFL Mobile Live
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile
  • Messaging: text, pictures and videos
  • Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges


Everything Messaging Plan

  • Messaging: Text, pictures and video
  • Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges



Everything Messaging Family

  • Messaging: Text, pictures and video
  • Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges
  • Lines 1-2 included. Lines 3-5 are $9.99/mo./line


Talk Plan
  • Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges

Talk for Family Plan
  • Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges
  • Lines 1-2 included. Lines 3-5 are $9.99/mo./line

Basic Plan
  • Talk: Night calling and weekends starting at 9 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges

Sprint Business Essentials Plan
  • Unlimited mobile to mobile
  • Night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m.
  • Domestic long distance and roaming
  • Additional lines (2-5) $25/mo. per line



Mobile Broadband Connection Plan


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Current Uses of Cell Phones

Today cell phones have many uses that they didn't have ten years ago. Cell companies have come out with phones with afull keyboard and also internet in the palm of your hand. The user is allowed to access the internet, listen to music, send e-mails, and also take pictures. A cell phone can be considered a hand held computer because of all the things you are allowed to do on it. On some phones you are able to open word documents, take videos, play games, text, call to keep in touch, save data and also buy things online.
Due to wireless connection, you are able to send emails on the internet using your phone. Recent technology has helped to take checking and sending an email as easy as turning on the TV. Today, the convenient use of checking email or buying on line on your phone helps people to multi-task and gets many things done at once. Being able to check emails, or watch TV shows, while standing at line while in a store, has changed the way people spend there time. With the cell phone able to download songs, videos , and TV shows, these new devices are just like a TV. They are also like computers in the way that they can shop online, and email.
Not only have the applications on cell phones changed, but their widespread use has grown immensely. Many people consider their cell phones to be invaluable to them. Cell phones have turned into a mobile computer and link to others. A mere 30 years ago, the thought of mobile phones was hard to comprehend. The original cell phone was both impractical and cumbersome. However, cell phones are now the used for communication by people everywhere.With the ability to send and receive messages, make calls, and access email and the internet, cell phones have risen from impractical to vital.
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A Cell Phone with a Camera






Possible Future Applications and New Technologies of Cell Phones
Recently, many new application and ideas have been popping up over the horizon and are closer to reality than we think. In the past year or so Apple has introduced the first touch screen phone called the iPhone, with that phone came the new applications for your phone
Such applications like various social networking sites are now available. You may be saying other phones already let me get it mobile on my phone, but with the new application for Facebook you have full access and full features of Facebook available to you rather than just a couple of features. There are other social networking apps that are for specific things like Geek Social Networking, Tell Me, and others.
One of the greatest achievements of futuristic phone is the accelerometer which sense movements of the phone. This opens up huge possibilities for future applications. Many of the gaming apps have something to do with this feature such Cube Runner and Super Monkey Ball use the accelerometer to determine which way the phone is being tilted and then the character is moved according to that direction
Many phones have distinct applications. The Apple Iphone has applications such as, Cube Runner, Tipper, Multi-touch and EBay, Pandora, Facebook, Maps and Loopt, Pocket Guitar, Bejeweled 2, iHunt, omg- Celebrity News and Photos, Holiday Countdown, Bible, iSpeed, Taxulator, Cake Mobile, Morse Code, Reader, and Poker. In contrast, the G1 has a very different perspective on applications. Here are some G1 applications: Music Player, Myfavs, IM, Calendar, Google Maps, Megapixel Camera, E-Mail, and You Tube.
The most popular applications you can have for cell phones are games. Games are a good way to waste time and most people don't like the 30 second versions that come with the phone, so they just buy them. If you have a phone with internet access, you would have to admit that you have bought a game. It's hard not to resist. The most popular games are: Diner Dash, Soduku, Tiger Woods 09, Tetris, Bejeweled, Guitar Hero, Poker, and Pac-Man.


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The Onyx


Designer Pilotfish and Synaptics are releasing a model of a cell phone, and it does not have any buttons. The Onyx phone reads signs and gestures, due to the sensitive touch pad covering most of its surface. It opens and closes applications when swiped by one or two fingers. The phone recognizes shapes and body parts "The goal of this concept was to show people a completely different way of designing and making a phone," says Mariel Vantatenhove, senior product line director at Synaptics (SYNA). "We think that the market is ready for some sort of change." As Brian Conner, a designer at Munich-based Pilotfish, says, "You can either design a chair, or an object to sit on. You can design a communications device, or a cell phone." Looking at Onyx, he says, "It's not a cell phone anymore." Here are some other futuristic cell phone.
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The Wide-Spread Use of Cell Phones


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