I mostly see people with trendy and awesome phones packed with many wonderful features. It makes me wonder whether they actually use the features or do they only keep the phone as a style-statement?
My dad thinks that a phone is for talking and messaging. My mom thinks it’s only for talking. My husband is too lazy to do anything except for talking. While messaging and talking are about the basic things in any phone, a lot can be said about organizing them as well.
How to use a Mobile Phone
1. Phone book – Keep numbers on a speed dial. This is quite a handy feature when it comes to numbers that you so often dial.
2. Messaging – Keep your templates edited. Most phones come nowadays with templates. My phone gives me an option to message someone when I cut the call. I have the template as “In a meeting. Will call later”. It comes quite handy as I need not divert my mind on messaging, but can automatically send a message.
3. In case of Emergency – Keep a number stored under “ICE” in your mobile. This is the number that people can look to call in case of an emergency.
4. Secret Passcode – This is a feature that comes in with almost any phone. But hey, what is the big deal? Unless you are looking to keep business secrets or illicit affairs, I don’t see a big deal in keeping your phone on a secret passcode.
I once found a phone in the ladies room but could not trace the owner because it was passcode locked. My friend has stored her “ICE” in her phone but keeps it passcode locked? What is the point?
5. Keep your Info wiped clean – Some women have it in them to forget their ATM pin and bank account password. Some think that it is a smart thing to keep it noted down in your phone either in plain sight or in some code (like reading backwards). It is better to memorize those things and wipe them out from the phone.
6. Avoid Generic Names – Most of you might have heard the story of the lady who lost her bag with her phone and cards in it. The person who picked it up simply sent a message to “Hubby” reading “What is my pin? I forgot!”. Better to avoid storing numbers as Hubby, Darling, Home, Mom etc. Also, it is better to call and confirm before giving out sensitive information.
7. Alarm – I think most of us use the alarm function. My husband likes to set his alarm everyday at 6 in the morning. It might be easier to set it to go off at 6 everyday by using the repeat function that is available in almost any mobile.
8. Tasks – Another useful thing is the tasks function in the mobile. If I had to call someone, or if I had to something that I repeatedly forget, I just put it in the tasks as undone and it keeps flashing every time I look at the mobile. Some mobiles have the sticky notes function that is pretty useful as well.
9. Birthdays and Meetings – Similar to the tasks function, this is another useful tool to not miss important birthdays and other appointments. In fact, I sometimes use this to even set reminders for movies scheduled on TV and something I want to watch!
10. Applications – Most applications need to be downloaded, but here is one thing that solves a lot of problems. Most of them may not know about this, google has launched its SMS search. I find it particularly useful to find the PNR status of trains. But you can try it for more stuff. Number is 9773300000.
I am sure there are many techie things that many people will tell you. Something like 3G, Java enabled, Symbian technology etc. But for the technically illiterate people, it all boils down to what do I get out of it?
So, here is one article that I can safely tell you will be useful for most mobile users. Hope the mobile tips on how to use a phone was useful.