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A GUIDE TO MOBILE PHONES FOR STUDENTS

Identifying your mobile phone needs

There are very many tempting offers for mobile phones. The mobile phone companies compete with each other of offer the best deals. Contract telephones are often sold with a new handset and promises of say a £25 a month basic charge to include a specified number of text massages and talk time.

One of the first points to grasp is that most staff in mobile phone shops are on commission, so they will try to sell you the deal that earns them the most money. They are unlikely to be interested in your needs, so it is up to you to identify what you need and stick to it.

The questions you should ask yourself are:

How much will I use my phone?
How much can I afford to pay each month

Pay as you go options are the best

Typically, students take out contracts because they like to have the latest phones that appear to come free with the contract. There are two scenarios:

1. You take out a contract for say £25 per month, and then never use anywhere near you allowance - WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY.

2. You do use your allowance and often go over it resulting in much higher bills that you expect - A RECEIPE FOR INCREASING YOUR STUDENT DEBT

The solution must always be the pay as you go option. With pay as you go, you choose how much you want to spend on your mobile phone. It's as simple as that. Ultimately you need to ask yourself if you would really rather have a nice phone and no money!.

The Skype alternative

One of the best way to save money on mobile phone bills it to sign up for Skype All you need is a computer linked to the internet and a web cam. It's free to sign up and you can make free international calls as well as local calls.

Mobile phones and your privacy

Whatever mobile phone you choose, you should be aware that they can be a threat to your security and privacy.

Your mobile phone actually consists of two bits - the handset and your SIM card. Each SIM card is unique and is identified by your mobile phone number. What many people do not know it that the handset itself is identifiable by its IMEI number. This stand for “International Mobile Equipment Identity”.

When you make a phone call from your mobile phone, both your SIM card and IMEI number is sent across the mobile phone network. The mobile phone network is supported by the mobile phone masts that are springing up all over the place. When your mobile is turned on, these phone masts can identify exactly where you are, some say to an accuracy of 10 metres.

Now that many phones offer global positioning services (GPS) your position becomes even more identifiable. The only way you cannot be identified is to purchase a phone anonymously.

Purchasing a mobile phone anonymously

If you feel your rights to privacy are being invaded by mobile phones, you need purchase your phone anonymously. To do this, you need to follow this advice:

  • Buy the phone away from where you live.
  • Buy a pay as you go phone
  • Do not buy in a town centre as you will be spotted by CCTV.
  • Do not give any personal details to the shop where you buy your phone.
  • Buy a simple phone with no gadgets.
  • Pay by cash.
  • Do not register the phone.

Are mobile phones dangerous?

There is much discussion about whether or not mobile phones are dangerous to use. Here are some arguments for and against using mobile phones.

For

Against

The body tissues are easily warmed up by the radio waves given off by mobile phones. This can cause damage to the tissue.

 

The radio waves are not strong enough to affect the body tissues.

 

The way the cells in your body operate can be affected by the magnetic field given off by a mobile phone

 

The magnetic fields are tiny and unlikely to affect the body.

 

People who use a mobile phone a lot often complain of headaches and fatigue.

 

These symptoms have never been re-created in a laboratory.

 

There is evidence that people who use mobile phones can develop cancers in the region of the brain next to the ear.

 

Researchers do not know if there is a link or not.

 

There is evidence of a correlation between the incidence of cancer and the position of power lines. Mobile phones emit the same sort of radiation as power lines.

 

The energy from power lines is much more powerful.

 

The DNA of nematode works can be changed by radio waves similar to that given off by mobile phones.

 

 

There is no evidence that this affect can be replicated in humans.

 

 

How to use a mobile phone safely

Dos

Don’ts

Minimimise the use of your mobile phone.

 

Do not buy a phone with an internal ariel. External ones are best as they can be kept away from your head.

 

Make short calls only.

 

Do not use your mobile phone when the reception is weak as it requires more power.

 

When your phone is on standby, do not carry it next to your body.

 

Do not buy a phone with a high 'SAR' value. High SAR value phones emit more radiation.

 

Always buy a phone with a long 'talk time' as the emissions are less powerful.

 

Do no buy protective gadgets unless they have been proved effective by a reputable source.

 

 

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