How to Get More Out of Your Cell Phone
A cellular phone can do more than just make and receive calls.
phones can store numbers in memory. But it seems that no one I talk
to even uses the phone book, much less any other productivity
feature found on cell phones. Below, I list some features that are
available on many phones that I consider important to learn,
features that make the phone a versatile and powerful business
This is the most useful basic feature of any phone. As the name
implies, the phone book is the place to store phone numbers. Some
phones can store up to 250 numbers with names. By storing numbers in
a phone book, you don't have to remember anyone's number. I even
store the numbers for take-out restaurants, because I am usually on
the road when I want to pick up a take-out order. On my Nokia 5160,
it is easy to program and edit phone book numbers. Also, I can dial
a number from the phone book with a few clicks. I have tested some
phones where interacting with the phone book is an exercise in
frustration. The phone book itself can be tied to other call
features, such as one-touch dialing, Caller ID, and call log.
Every phone I have seen (analog or digital) has had a one-touch
dialing feature. This feature allows you to program some digits on
the dialpad to automatically dial a number when the key is held for
a few seconds. This is how to program the "911" button and, on my
5160, the voice mail button. One-touch numbers are an obvious place
to program frequently dialed numbers.
Some phones maintain a list of incoming, outgoing, and sometimes,
missed calls. The incoming numbers require Caller ID. This list
provides a short term record of calls received and sent and is handy
for redialing or capturing a number for the phone book. If a number
is in the phone book, the 5160 will list the name instead of the
number (the 5160 does this with incoming calls, also). Use this
feature to rapidly dial recently used numbers.
Many phones come with a flip cover to protect the dialpad from
accidental dialing. But for those phones without a flip cover (like
the 5160), locking the dialpad is important. It may seem like a
hassle, but at least for me, it is an automatic process. With this
feature, I can be sure that I won't accidentally call my mother or
make a 911 call from my pocket.
OK, so headsets are more accessory than feature. But whether the
phone has a 2.5 mm headset jack or not, a headset is an important
accessory, and is, in some states, mandatory. A headset allows for
hands-free talking during driving, walking, or long chats.
A cellular phone comes with many features that can make the phone
easier or more efficient. A basic feature, such as the phone book,
can transform your phone into a miniature contact database. Take the
time to sit with your user's guide to see what features your phone
has and how to use them. It is worth your time.