Advantages & Disadvantages of Cell Phones and Smartphones by Jack Powell, Demand Media
The invention of cellular phones ushered in a new era of connectivity for its users. Falling phone and plan prices have made cell phones available to the masses and the development of so-called smartphones has given users even more power in the palms of their hands. While it is fairly easy to see the advantages of cell phones and smartphones, these devices are not without their disadvantages too. Availability
Because of their portability, cell phones allow people to keep in touch constantly. This is a big departure from the days when work and home telephones were the only means of communication. Nowadays, you can reach anyone at any time of the day or night. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage depending on how you look at it. It is advantageous because it allows you to make and receive important phone calls, such as emergency calls, anywhere. The downside is that it makes you available to everyone with your cell phone number, all the time. While you cannot stop someone from calling you, you can ignore the call if you do not wish to speak to someone. Cost
Cell phones and smartphones themselves cost money, as does the monthly service. While this pricing model is no different from landlines, the phones and services are typically more expensive for cellular phones than they are for landlines. Many mobile service providers also limit minutes, which landline companies do not — at least not on local calls. One of the biggest cost advantages of cell phones is that long distance is included at no additional charge. Most landline companies still charge per minute for long distance. If many of your calls are considered long distance, making them on a cell phone could actually save you money. Smartphones cost more than cell phones and their monthly service rates are typically higher as well. This is something to keep in mind when deciding between the two....
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