By Adam O’Connor
Are you sure? Believe it or not, cell phones are a security risk. Not that you can possibly live without talking to your friends and playing Tetris while listening to MP3s. But yes, cell phones are a risk. Consider 5 worst case scenarios and better yet, the alternative to panicking over the situation.
1. Stolen Sidekick
So your cell phone has been stolen! Or lost, more likely. Most people simply take lost cell phones they find rather than pickpocketing them. If you have a special model, such as a Palm Treo, Razr Killer or T-Mobile Sidekick then obviously unscrupulous individuals will want to take your phone and listen to their own MP3s. The first step is to call your provider and let them know the phone has been lost. Ask them to disable any outgoing calls. Also ask about a replacement phone. Some service providers offer a replacement phone depending on the selected service plans. (Be sure that, if you have replacement phone coverage, that they are replacing your phone with a brand new one, not a refurbished one.)
2. Cell Phones In School
Misbehaving in school is a national pastime. Naturally children or teenagers with cell phones are bound to abuse their privileges sooner or later. One risk is that they get caught playing during the assignment and their luxury Sony/Ericsson or Motorola phone gets confiscated. There are also concerns for cell phone theft and robbery on school grounds. Many cell phones come with security devices or protective accessories to help people of ages keep their phones functioning and prevent loss or damage.
3. Cell Phones and Driving
Did you know that some politicians want to ban cell phone use while driving? While it’s debatable if this should take place, it is true that talking on a cell phone will hinder your ability to drive. Face it, checking your email and browsing the web on an LG Fusic or Nokia N91 can be an involved task and one second later, you could be in a car accident. For your own protection, be very careful when speaking on a cell phone in traffic, use a hands-free set, and try to limit the time as much as possible. Better yet, stop the car, then make your calls.
4. Diseased Cell Phones For Sale
Some people claim that cell phones could contribute to bad health. Some scientists even speculate that rare types of cancerous tumors could develop from heavy cellular use. However, no conclusive evidence has ever been produced that links ill health effects with cellular phones. If sure evidence of mutation or disease comes to light, surely cell phones would be done away with, much the same way American has turned its back on tobacco products.
5. Cell Phones Without Plans
Worst case scenario! A cell phone that doesn’t work for you! Don’t panic. There are several big wireless providers from Verizon to Motorola Razr and they are generously willing to accept your money. Seriously, whether you want low monthly payments with just emergency chat time, or anytime anywhere minutes at a set monthly price, there’s a plan for you. If there are cell phones for soldiers stationed halfway across the globe, then there’s a plan for you. Most service providers feature cell phone reviews on their website detailing plans as well as phone features.
Don’t panic! There’s a solution to your worries so as long as you have your Smart Phone around. Between you and the super electronic device you hold, you’re bound to figure it all out.
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