2 August 2013 by Permi Krishna
The United States allows wireless operations on two different networks - the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication). Each technology enables voice and data transmission but in ways that make them mutually incompatible. This means a CDMA phone cannot be used on the GSM network, neither can a GSM phone work on CDMA. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM while Sprint, Verizon, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular use CDMA.
In the US, CDMA coverage is quite reliable. However GSM technology is used worldwide, and this is one main reason that GSM is preferred by people who need to travel out. The other main reason is the use of a SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card which lets you change the handset whenever you may need to. In general, the market offers much wider choice in such handsets than the dedicated types of devices needed with the CDMA network. The list of the best GSM cellphones also includes some of the best basic GSM cellphones
When you are scouting for the best GSM cell phones, you will need to choose your carrier. You choice should be , based on your need, the service plans on offer, the choice of phones and perhaps the quality of customer service. Once you have those considerations out of the way, you can move on to the instruments on display. You will need to concentrate on three basic requirements of any cell phone - style, features and performance.
Here are some key cell phone features that you will need to consider while balancing what you need, versus what you want. You will be able to ultimately decide on the best GSM cell phone based on total costs.
- Calling features
- Texting and e-mail
- Memory and battery life
- Camera and video recorder
- Web browser
- Multimedia options
- Walky-talky feature
- Organizer applications and games