PITTSBURGH -- If a cellular phone is on your shopping list for the holiday season -- whether it's for you or a gift for someone you love -- you'll want to take note of some simple tips that can make your purchase easier and insure you make the right selection.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile suggests you think about how the phone will be used before you start shopping. Then you can make the right decisions on the type of phone and the type of pricing plan that best fit the user's needs. Anticipating future needs and whether the phone will be used with a laptop computer or mobile fax machine should also be considered.
Here are some key things to look for:
Selecting A Carrier
This is the most important decision because a cellular phone is only as good as the system it uses. You should look for a carrier with the most expansive coverage and the highest quality of service. You should also look for support from the carrier, with 24-hour customer service and account management assistance.
Selecting A Phone
Key Questions you should ask yourself before purchasing equipment: How will the phone be used? Where will the phone be used? The answers will help you determine which of the three types of phones is the right model for you.
-- A Portable/Handheld Phone is the smallest and currently the most popular model. Most individuals want the flexibility and convenience of being able to carry a phone with them at all times; this model can easily be carried in a pocket, purse, or briefcase.
-- A Transportable Phone is appropriate for the person who might want to move a phone from one car to another or to a boat for recreational purposes. This model has a battery, but can be plugged into a vehicle's cigarette lighter for power.
-- A Mobile (or installed) Phone is the best selection if a person will use the phone only in one car. This model draws power from the car's battery and therefore talk time and battery life are of no concern.
Selecting A Place To Buy
Once again, you should look at your own needs in making this decision. Convenience may be a factor, as well as the reputation of the dealer and the relationship you already have established with certain retail outlets or companies.
Selecting A Pricing Plan
You should discuss the expected use of the phone with the sales representative in order to select the correct price plan. Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has a simplified chart that helps a customer look at how he or she expects to use the phone and guides the customer to the price plan that will best fit his or her needs. However, if a customer's needs change after selecting a price plan, of if usage differs from what was initially expected, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Customer Service department can help change the plan to one that is more suitable.
You should also make sure there are no additional charges you may not have expected. For example, does the monthly access fee include a detailed bill? Are there additional charges for services like voice mail? How much does it cost when the phone is used outside the home area?
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has several pricing plans geared to consumer use including its new TalkAlong service that provides "affordable portable" coverage in a "local zone" for as low as $14.99 per month for access.
Individuals with permanent disabilities qualify for reduced prices on equipment and service through Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Cellular Accessibility program.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Weekend and Evening pricing plan provides rates designed for the casual user with 200 minutes of off-peak airtime included each month.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, the largest wireless service provider on the East Coast, has its Pittsburgh Regional Headquarters in McCandless Township with a 24-hour-a-day Customer Service department. The company's local retail stores are in Downtown Pittsburgh at 2 PPG Place; North Hills, 4930 McKnight Road; South Hills, 2895 Banksville Road; Robinson Town Centre, 1970 Park Manor Boulevard; Shadyside, 810 South Aiken Avenue; Monroeville, 3828 William Penn Highway; Butler, Moraine Pointe Plaza; Greensburg, Westmoreland Mall; and Century III Mall. Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has sales kiosks in the Ross Park Mall and the Indiana Mall.
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