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Unplug That Charger to Save Energy and Money

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Who can honestly say they unplug the charger from the outlet when the phone charge is complete?? Can you? Or are you one of many who plug their phone into the charger overnight so a fully charged battery is immediately available in the morning?and then leave the charger plugged in even after the phone is unplugged?

If so, you are wasting watts?and that translates into wasted money and unneeded carbon emissions. Cell phone chargers consume energy even after the phone charge is complete and the phone is unplugged. This may not run up a significant electricity bill for an individual but, considering the millions of cell phone chargers probably operating at this very moment and the 3 billion phones in the world, the total waste is excessive. With all the smart phones, where are the smart chargers?

LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung have joined together to raise awareness of how chargers waste energy when left plugged in even when the phones have been unplugged. As a part of this campaign, these companies have come up with a rating system for a charger?s level of energy efficiency.? A charger that uses 0.03 watts or less will get a 5-star rating, while a charger that uses more than 0.05 watts will get no stars.

According to a Nokia spokesperson, if all of the 3 billion or so phones were charged with a charger rated at 5 or even 4 stars, the amount of energy saved yearly would be as much as is ?produced by two medium-sized power plants.?

Of course, you don?t need a new and fancy charger to keep green. And there?s no need for smart chargers when there are smart cell phone owners. You can be a smart cell phone owner by remembering not to leave the phone charging any longer than is needed and to unplug the charger from the socket when you unplug your cell phone.

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Review of the Samsung A640 for Bell Mobility

Monday, May 18th, 2009

At first glance, the Samsung A640 flip phone is a classic black and bold phone. It has a sleek, slim design that will fit your palm and your pocket with ease. It displays the time and date in cool blue on its sleek, glossy exterior.

A closer look will tell you more: the features of this phone are as good as you can get.

The Samsung A640?s most appealing features?and some of the features most highly rated by users?are its crystal-clear voice quality and its speakerphones. These are firsts in a flip phone. In addition, the VGA camera in the A640 boasts a flash, digital zoom, a self-timer, and brightness control, all of which enable you to take good?even if not the best?pictures. And the A640 also comes with Bluetooth? wireless connectivity that enables you to connect with compatible PCs and hands-free systems.

The Samsung A640 flip phone gets its multimedia options right, too, with its ability to play videos and 3-D games. While you are speaking on the phone, you can run applications, as well.

Another appealing feature of the Samsung A640 is voice-activated dialling. This function works so well that you can blindly trust the A640 to automatically browse through your phonebook, select the number, and dial it for you at the very moment you are voicing the phone entry name or number. At times, voice-activated dialling performs even better than speed dialling.

The flip side of the Samsung A640 flip phone is that while you can watch your favourite videos, you cannot video-capture your favourite moments. Also, while the VGA camera takes good pictures, it does not come with an essential memory slot expansion.

In addition, a common complaint with the Samsung A640 has been its poor battery performance. The A640 must be charged on a daily basis. While the specifications guarantee a battery life of three hours, the A640 quickly runs out of battery life, even with basic calling activities, not to mention the use of applications and camera. While a portable car charger can help keep the battery charged, the short battery life is one area in which the A640 has not scored well.

And, overall, while the Samsung A640 offers the features of a high-end phone, such as Bluetooth connectivity, a VGA camera, and multimedia options, it does only a moderately good job on the quality of these features.

But despite these drawbacks, the Samsung A640 gets the basic phone function right: crystal clear voice communication. The voice clarity and voice quality of the A640 flip phone stand out as its best features. Because of its relatively low price and stylish looks, this phone has found favour primarily with younger users.

Most users agree: The Samsung A640 is worth the buck. Its stylish futuristic look and its high-end-phone features make it a worthwhile purchase.
We predict that the Samsung A640 is a phone you will enjoy using because it functions well and is a stylish phone you will enjoy showing off!

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Who is Cellarama? Can We Help You With Your Bell Mobility Cellular Needs?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Cellarama is Canada’s leading provider of contract-free cell phones for the Bell Mobility network.? And if you?re looking for batteries and accessories for your Bell phone, as well, you’ve come to the right site.

Since 2004, we have helped thousands of Bell customers find new, used, and like-new Bell Mobility cell phones?without contracts or hassles. We’ve shipped to every province in Canada and to the territories, too.
Is Cellarama right for you?

??Are you an existing Bell customer who needs a replacement Bell cellular phone (for any reason, including loss, theft, or malfunction)?

??Are you currently locked into a cellular service contract and not yet eligible for an upgrade?

??Are you an existing Bell customer who?d like to add additional phones to your account (for family members, business use, or prepaid)?

??Are you looking to switch to Bell Mobility but do not have a cellular phone compatible with the Bell network?

??Do you dislike long-term cellular contracts and prefer the contract-free life?

If you need a cellular phone for Bell, and you are looking for a great price, no contracts, and a warranty to remove any worries about your purchase, then Cellarama is for you.

Here?s what you get with Cellarama:

??Contract-free Bell phones. Our Bell Mobility cell phones are always contract free. This means that you can add your new phone to your existing Bell account or use it to start a new account.? Either way, you won?t need to sign or extend your contract with Bell Mobility. This is perfect for people who don’t like contracts!

??Fast, express shipping. Your order will ship with Canada Post XpresspostTM. If you need your Bell cell phone in a hurry, Xpresspost will guarantee its delivery in 48 to 72 business hours, across Canada (on most orders).

??Satisfaction guaranteed. Your Cellarama purchase is guaranteed. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, return it to us for a refund, under our guarantee. You have no reason to worry.

??Activation guarantee. Did you know that not all phones can be activated with Bell Mobility?? At Cellarama, all phones are cleared with Bell prior to sale, to ensure that you will have no problems activating your new phone. If you encounter any problems activating your new phone, contact us right away and a replacement will be shipped out immediately.

??Excellent warranty. Cellarama clients never have to worry about purchasing phones that only work for a few weeks. All cell phones come with a standard Cellarama limited warranty. This means that you’ll receive free repairs or a free replacement if your phone stops working (as long as it?s not a result of how you?ve used the phone).

??Convenient, easy service. You can quickly browse our phone selection from your home. You?ll receive your phone within days of ordering it.? You’ll also get a great client service team dedicated to seeing you happy.

??Widest choice of batteries. Cellarama has the largest selection of batteries for Bell Mobility cell phones you?ll find anywhere in Canada! If you are looking for a battery for your Bell phone, there?s a good chance you’ll find it at

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you?ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility.? Written by A. Thompson.

Recycle Your Bell Cell Phone – Save the Planet

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

About 160 million cell phones will be thrown away this year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States claims that less than 20% of cell phones are recycled each year. This is despite the fact that over 96% of their weight is recyclable. Considering the various dangerous chemicals used to manufacture phones, like mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium, a landfill is no place to dump your cell phone.

The EPA also pointed out that the materials used to make cell phones take energy to construct them. That energy used produces carbon emissions. They estimate that recycling a million cell phones would avoid enough carbon emissions to equal taking 1,368 cars off the road. Each recycled Bell cell phone prevents 66 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. 100 million recycled cell phones can save enough energy to power over 180,000 Canadian homes for a year.

There are plenty of places to recycle your cell phones, often for a good cause as well as saving the environment from carbon emissions.

Modern technology is meant to connect the world, not help destroy it. Enjoying the luxury of mobile technology also comes with responsibilities. Recycling you Bell cell phone not only prevents unnecessary waste and energy consumption but also provides opportunities for you to give to those less fortunate.

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson

Guide to Buying a Refurbished Bell Mobility Cell Phone

Monday, May 11th, 2009

New cell phone handsets for Bell can be expensive and are often sold with 3-year long-term contracts to reduce the price.? With refurbished Bell cell phones you can experiment with models and get a much better deal, both in terms of money and styles, while avoiding long-term contracts. Bell Mobility often collects used phones and sends them to certified repair centers or back to the manufacturer to be refurbished.? The end result is not just a used phone, but one that has been thoroughly tested by professionals.

Do some research before purchasing a refurbished Bell Mobility cell phone to ensure you get the best deal.

Things to be kept in mind when purchasing a refurbished Bell handset:

Fully refurbished:

The Bell Mobility phones which have been fully refurbished appear like a new handset. These phones have been thoroughly checked, tested for their performance, reset to the factory settings, and their entire housing changed to give the phone a brand new look. Most often this process helps the phone to perform like a new one. Fully refurbished Bell cell phones are often sold with a new battery and accessories, which include chargers, ear pieces and so on.

Partially Refurbished:

Partially refurbished Bell cell phones can be interpreted in different ways.? A partially refurbished phone may have its housing changed, or may come with a factory reset, but should always undergo full testing.? Due to these factors partially refurbished Bell phones are not guaranteed to look like new, or they may have the previous user?s data still stored in them, but they should be fully functional.

In terms of price these phone are definitely cheaper than the fully refurbished ones. If they come with a new battery and new accessories, the price may also differ. So pay close attention to the details.

Warnings and precautions while purchasing a refurbished Bell Mobility cell phone:

???? Return policy: Ensure that the refurbished Bell Mobility cell is bought from a reputable company only and make sure that they have a return policy. This will ensure that if your cell does not work properly or isn?t compatible with the Bell Mobility network, you shouldn?t have any hassles returning the phone.

???? Check the warranty: Make sure that the warranty is at least two weeks, as my experience shows that if something is not right with your refurbished Bell Mobility cell phone, you will most likely find it within that time. Also make sure to take extra good care of your phone during this period, because if your phone stops working and it looks like it has been run over by a truck, chances are that the warranty will be void, based on the physical condition.

???? Previous contents: The phone must be thoroughly wiped clean of all the previous contents so that all the contacts, calendars, notes, or addresses are removed, as well as cookies and the cache is cleared if the phone had Internet access.

Finding great refurbished cell phones for Bell Mobility is not always an easy task, but by following tips laid out for you in this guide you’ll be talking up a storm on a new refurbished phone very soon.

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson

A Practical Guide to Buying a Used Bell? Cell Phone

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Buying a used Bell cell phone can be a bit tricky and might leave you, the buyer, feeling cheated and short-changed. Although there are some really good deals in the used cell phone market, you’ve got to watch out for lemons. Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a good used cell phone for Bell Mobility.

First things first… What is a used phone?

A used Bell phone is different than a refurbished one. A refurbished phone is a pre-owned device that a company refurbishes, or repairs, normally to a like-new condition. It will most likely come with a new battery and be reset to the original factory settings. A used phone is a pre-owned phone that has not been refurbished. It is sold in the same condition as the last owner left it.

What Phone is Right for You?

Before you even go looking for a used cell phone you should consider what sort of features you?ll need. It is also wise to establish a spending limit. Do you like to text? Do you like games or videos? Would you really access the Internet enough to make the purchase of a Smartphone worth it? Do you check your email frequently? The whole point of considering a discount phone is not only to get great savings but to also keep yourself from spending more than you ought to.

What You See (or Don?t See) is What You Get:

When you find an ad for a used Bell phone, be sure you see an actual picture of the phone. Some ads may try to trick potential buyers with pictures of phones downloaded straight from the manufacturer?s site. Of course those phones are going to look great ? they?re promotional. If actual photos of the Bell Mobility phone are not provided, ask the seller to provide you with some. Everyone has a digital camera these days, so getting a real photo should not be a problem.

Watch Out for Water Damage:

Are you familiar with that little sticker underneath the battery on most Bell phones? That sticker is often called the moisture indicator sticker and it checks for water exposure. The colour that indicates water damage differs from brand to brand. For most used Bell cell phones pink-red is the colour used to indicate water damage. White indicates no exposure to water. The safest bet is to call the manufacturer directly. It would be wise to see the actual phone before you buy or, at the very least, a picture of that sticker.

Check the Phone With Bell Mobility:

Bell Mobility, in their infinite business wisdom will only activate cell phones that originally come from Bell. To confirm the phone is a Bell phone, you will have to get the ESN, or electronic serial number that is typically 11 numbers in length, from the seller. Next, call Bell customer service at 1-800-667-0123 and ask them to confirm the ESN. Bell tracks the ESN of every phone they have ever sold. Not only will the Bell representative tell you if the ESN is theirs, but also if the phone is stolen or still activated.

* Compare Prices:

Veteran bargain hunters know about comparing prices. It?s obvious that you don?t go for the first price that sounds good. Don?t be fooled by the tantalizing word, ?Sale.? You should always shop around. Comparing prices isn?t limited to looking at the comparable prices of used cell phones. You should also compare the prices of your desired model with those of a refurbished Bell phone, both fully refurbished and partially refurbished, as well as with the contract-free price of the same cell phone in new condition. The order of price from highest to lowest should go: new, fully refurbished, partially refurbished, and then used. Getting comparison prices for used Bell phones may not always be easy, but it is a worthwhile search. If the used price is close to a new price, perhaps you should consider going new.

Whether you buy from a reputable site, like you should, or from some guy on the street with hundreds of other cell phones in his trench coat, keeping wise and alert will keep you from being scammed. There are very few Bell Certified sites that offer great savings on used Bell cell phones.

Buying a used or refurbished Bell cell phone often beats having the latest and most advanced cell phone. Refurbished and used cell phone options come out relatively quickly after the first release of a new model. Following these short tips should ensure you find a sweet deal, while avoiding the lemons on the way to getting an inexpensive Bell cell phone.

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson

Drive in Toronto with Cell Phone to Ear, Write a $500 Check to Government

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Ontario is about to join Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and hundreds of cities globally in banning cell phone use while driving as part of a proposed ?distracted driving? law. Under this new law, using any mobile device while driving would be deemed illegal and subject the driver to a $500 fine.

Ontario Transport Minister Jim Bradley is quoted by as saying, “You’ve had report after report after report over the last five years of the McGuinty government that show people using their cellphones or BlackBerrys while driving are not only a significant risk to themselves but a significant risk to other drivers.”

According to the Regional News, York Regional Police Sgt. Brad Bulmer pointed out that holding the phone isn?t the main issue but being distracted while driving is. He also thinks it doesn?t matter if the phone is hand-held or hands-free.

Banning cell phones while driving is getting plenty of press lately as more and more accidents are being credited to the distraction of cell phone use while driving. I think it?s safe to say that we?ve all seen a driver sway and swerve on the road with a cell phone to his ear or while looking down at some mobile device in her hand. But is a law banning the practice justified? The answer would depend on who is being asked.

There are a number of groups on Facebook? that advocate the banning of cell phone use while driving.

Some call for the total ban, while others say it?s okay to use hands-free devices. The proposed law for Ontario permits the use of hands-free devices, but any use of cell phones without the hands-free device is only permissible when the car is parked and safely pulled over on the side of the road. Even use while in traffic jams, with traffic stopped, or moving at a slow pace, will be illegal.

A $500 fine isn?t the only possible legal ramification for talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel. With this law in place, a fatal accident could mean a manslaughter charge if the surviving driver is proven to have been talking on a cell phone. This could also mean that even if an accident isn?t your fault, like when someone sideswipes or rear-ends you, if you?re talking on a cell phone the fault may be shared.

This is just another reason to buy a Bluetooth device and to always have your headset available in the car. Besides, Bluetooth and headsets save your brain from being exposed to the radiation waves emitted by the cell phone (but that is another article).

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson

Blackberry? Curve 8330 vs. Pearl 8130 for Bell Mobility

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Both these phones have their pros and cons. In this article we will explore these phones and compare their most prominent features.

Common features:

  • Both have a built-in 2.0MP digital camera along with video recorder and GPS facilities.
  • Both can be fun gadgets that allow one to email, access the internet, organize and categorize, and click photographs; listen to music, watch video and obviously, make voice calls.
  • Both come loaded with fun features like Facebook? and Messenger.

The differences:

???? The Blackberry Curve 8330 weighs 114 gm, whereas the Pearl weighs just 96 gm, making it very easy to carry, and sleeker than the Curve.

???? The Curve has a backlit QWERTY keyboard, 320×240 pixel high-resolution screen, 96 MB flash memory, expandable memory, among the many other features of the Blackberry Smartphones. On the other hand the Pearl has a high-resolution 240×260 pixel screen. It uses a modified QWERTY layout that sets 2 text characters on each key and uses SureType? software to predict input (like T9 on regular cell phones). It also uses a trackball instead of the traditional scroll wheel used in earlier Blackberry phones. It can support external memory to store multimedia files beyond the 64 MB internal memory.

Both phones have many other features as well.

Let us take a look at some of the other features the Curve 8330 has to offer:

  • The Blackberry Curve 8330 is a Dual Mode CDMA handset belonging to the 8300 series, first introduced in 2007.
  • It also has advance phone features like voice-activated dialing, user-definable convenience keys and dedicated Send, End and Mute keys.
  • It can also help you in accessing your corporate data and applications from anywhere. Unlike traditional mobile phones, the Blackberry Curve 8330 Smartphone can be centrally managed and supported by IT departments, with facilities like remote address book look-up, single mailbox integration and push delivery of data from corporate application.
  • The Blackberry server, with the support of Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino or Novell Group, is a great option for real time email delivery.
  • In design, the Blackberry Curve 8330 is similar to the 8300 series.

Looking at the Blackberry Pearl 8130.

  • The Blackberry Pearl is a member of the 8100 series that was launched in 2006 as a departure from original Blackberry phones, with the idea of making it a Smartphone with multimedia capabilities. This was the first Blackberry device with a camera and media player.
  • The Pearl also provides two convenient key defaults for voice dialing.? Similarly, the camera operation is easy and with the trackball you can zoom in and out. The flash is automatic and bright.
  • SureType, a modified QWERTY whereby there are two characters per key, make it slim. If you are used to using T9 on your cell phone, SureType will not be problem. However, traditional Blackberry users, used to the full QWERTY keyboard, have found this feature difficult to operate. The spacing of keys is a little cramped when compared to the Blackberry Curve. This can be a bit irritating at the beginning.

Bottom-line: Both phones are excellent Smartphones. If you need a sleek and sexy phone, go for the BlackBerry Pearl 8130.? Otherwise the Blackberry Curve is a good and sturdy choice for those looking for a full QWERTY keypad. Both deliver the best of the Blackberry experience.

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson

Introducing the BlackBerry 8703e for Bell Mobility

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


RIM BlackBerry 8703e for Bell Mobility

RIM BlackBerry 8703e for Bell Mobility

It’s Alvin, your Inventory Manager at?

Doesn’t it seem like everyone has a Blackberry?these days?

I`m happy to announce the arrival of a limited?number of Blackberry 8703e’s for Bell Mobility.

These phones are Brand New.

Starting today through this weekend, you can?purchase the this Blackberry for Canada`s?lowest contract-free price.

Buy now and also receive:
– free Bluetooth Headset
– free car charger
– extra home charger

Be aware that we only have a small number of these?Blackberry’s available.

The Blackberry’s are perfect for Business Owners, Execs,?even students are buying Blackberry`s now. They?make great gifts too.

You will enjoy:
– the full QWERTY keyboard will have you sending?messages and completing forms online in no time.
– the Bluetooth allowing you to go wireless?and cut yourself free of cords, perfect when on?the road.
– Blackberry Calendar will keep you on track and?on-time.

So pick one up, then tell a friend to get one.

To your wireless success,

P.S. Important: there are a limited number of these?Blackberry’s available and this promotion ends this?weekend.

A Practical Guide for Buying a Refurbished Bell Cell Phone

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Some suggest that a refurbished Bell cell phone is like a used toothbrush. But the truth is that buying a refurbished Bell Mobility cell phone can be a wise move. It all depends on where the refurbished phone is purchased.

Most people get new cell phones every couple of years, while some upgrade even more frequently. A Bell cell phone, if not thrown away, is often returned to the manufacturer for refurbishing.

Also consider what is done with a cell phone when it is sent back within Bell Mobility’s specified 15 day/15 min warranty period that comes with new cell phones. These cell phones cannot be sold as new even if they were in the hands of a consumer for a mere couple of days.

If you are in the market to buy a refurbished Bell phone, make sure to follow the steps below and you will keep from getting a refurbished phone that has the quality of a used toothbrush.
When buying a refurbished phone consider the price. While you should never pay top dollar for a refurbished phone, you often get what you pay for. A deal too good to be true often is.

Unscrupulous dealers sell beaten used cell phones and claim them as refurbished hoping to trick consumers who haven?t read this guide. Beware ? buying super cheap cell phones may seem frugal, but your opinion will quickly change if the cell phone stops working soon after you purchase it.

This brings in another good point: be sure to get a warranty from the seller. You get extended warranties for used cars; the same goes for refurbished Bell phones. If the seller doesn’t offer a warranty or refund program, forget it because there are many other sellers who do.

Another reason you should watch out for non-established sellers is that cell phones are often stolen and then sold as second-hand phones for a price that’s too good to be true. If you purchase a stolen phone and it has been reported stolen, Bell will not activate it and you’ve now got an expensive paper weight. It?s very difficult to get your money returned when you buy a stolen phone. Thieves don?t offer a refund.

Activating your refurbished Bell phone should be as easy as walking into a Bell World store and asking the rep to change phones, as long as you remember this point: when buying any Bell phone, (new, used, or refurbished), check to make sure that is was originally a Bell phone.

Some sellers of refurbished Bell phones actually are selling phones from Sprint? or Verizon? in the U.S. You can run into heaps of problems activating these types of phones, as Bell only activates phones that they purchased directly from the manufacturer.

Bell keeps track of every ESN, (electronic serial number), which are unique 11?18 digit identifying numbers. If a site is selling a refurbished Bell phone and claims it to be part of the Bell Mobility network, they should give you the ESN if they?re legit. You can then call Bell Mobility customer service at 1-800-677-0123 and they can look up the ESN to verify. You can then take your Bell cell phone into a Bell store for activation or you can do it online. If done in store there’s typically a programming fee that costs about $15 to $25.

Be aware of places that refer you to a strange number or claim that the phone is already activated. It may in fact be activated, just on some poor chap?s account.

There are plenty of online stores that offer refurbished phones. If you are interested in purchasing a refurbished Bell Mobility cell phone you should make sure the store selling the refurbished phone is certified through Bell Mobility. Following these guidelines will ensure that you get a quality phone at a great discounted price, a welcomed outcome for anyone on a budget.

And if you liked this article you can find more articles and videos for Bell Mobility users at – At you’ll also find great contract-free cell phones for Bell Mobility. Written by A. Thompson is not affiliated with Bell Canada or Bell Mobility.
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