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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 3:22pm
With the proliferation of modern mobile technology, more and more people are finding new ways to increase their productivity by unlocking the potential of their mobile phones.
For instance, you may be reading this in a cab, or on a train, to make better use of your time on the way to work. Perhaps instead of reading articles, you might answer emails, schedule meetings, or pay bills. By doing this you have essentially reclaimed hours that had been previously resigned to an unproductive, offline purgatory. Any side-work is for the most part handled by the time you walk into the office, empowering you to focus on any remaining on-site duties that require your presence.
Depending on the industry in which you work, it may be entirely possible for your phone to be the only device you use – especially with Microsoft’s Office about to become an iOS app group.
Naturally, this would not be feasible for someone such as a graphic designer, who values multiple, large screens and robust processing power, to quickly render large files. Instead, a mobile-only solution becomes effective when your work-related computer needs demand a relatively low amount of processing power, storage and bandwidth.
Any sort of heavy-lifting is done remotely, which is primarily how the many helpful productivity apps handle the processing necessary to provide their specialized services. This also helps the device, whether in your hand or pocket, remain physically small while providing a big benefit to your professional efficiency.
Beyond the hardware of your mobile phone, it is important that you understand the services required for it to function as you need it. Despite fierce competition between mobile phone providers, you do have options, just not as many as you would probably like.
Some useful points to consider are whether you will primarily connect on the go, out of range of a wi-fi network, or if you will be stationary while you access the internet. Selecting the best fit for your needs from the many data plans out there will likely save you money in the long run. Another thing to consider is whether you will need a 3G or 4G connection, and if either are available in your area. (Hint, 4G if you can get it.) Some providers do not yet offer both, while others do not offer unlimited data plans or provide service where you might need it.
Have a Phone Plan
Because data charges can add up quickly, many people choose to connect with their phone's built-in wi-fi adapter. This has the advantage of not connecting through cellular technology, and so does not impact your mobile phone bill.
Home wi-fi is even less expensive when it comes included in a bundle like TriplePlay, Xfinity or Uverse. If you have a wi-fi network set up in your home, like the Xfinity Internet Gateway or an AT&T 2wire router, then you may be eligible for additional mobile phone benefits with your bundle. For example, through the Xfinity TV smartphone app, you could watch shows directly from your DVR while away from home. Not to mention, you could get some work done away from the clatter of a coffee shop.