Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Lead Poison in Your Mobile Phone

Mobile phone penetration in the UK has reached over 100% according to stats found online. The reason being many people have more than one phone. On top of multiple phone ownership the age of mobile phone users is widening to include a larger proportion of the population. Both these factors are leading to an increasing number of handsets being sold in the UK.

The phone manufacturers also capitalise on the humans desire to have the latest most up to date gadget with newer, better, faster phones released every week. Mobile phones becoming outdated very quickly even faster than computers. What do many people do with their old mobile phone? It is still common for people to throw old phones in the rubbish to rot in landfill.

Why you should not throw old mobiles:

Mobile phones are made with complex metals and chemicals in the battery, circuit board and outer casing. When an old phone is disposed of via landfill the lead, mercury, cadmium, polyvinyl, etc. can cause harm to the H20 in the environment and soil.

The Dangers of Lead Poisoning

Lead found in your phone can be poisonous to humans. Lead can be inhaled, swallowed and absorbed though the skin. Lead is dangerous as soon as it gets into the system it can spread around the body. Lead can affect the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body if it gets into the blood stream. If lead gets into the bones it can interfere with the absorption of calcium into the body.

You should not be worried however about getting lead poisoning from your mobile as compared to a TV set or old CRT computer monitor which has as much as 5lbs of lead an old mobile phone will only have a trace of the substance.

However with millions of mobiles being dumped into landfills around the globe this could leak enough harmful lead back into the environment.

In order to stop harmful poison being released into the atmosphere you should use a company which offers phone recycling

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

10 Things to Look For in a Prepaid Calling Card

Prepaid calling cards are the absolute best way to make calls especially international calls. I am sure by now you have searched already on the Internet for prepaid calling card providers and maybe you're a little bit down by all the information you see and whether it is true or not true. You are not alone. Looking for a low cost reliable prepaid phone card provider is like looking at a business contract. You start wondering if their are any loopholes and hidden cost you should be aware of.
Now not all prepaid calling card providers are out to cheat you. I would say a good 20% charge hidden fees and offer not as advertised services. But the business of prepaid calling cards is competitive and the providers are offering the lowest rates since there are so many prepaid calling card users. And they want your business.
Here is a list of 10 reasons you should keep an eye out for good prepaid calling card providers:

  • No Hidden Fees - Make sure you see the fees up front. Usually the fees are located next to the cost per minute rate.
  • Accepts various forms of payments - Credit card is best, if you have a difficulties with merchant, major credit cards will try resolve the matter for you.
  • Professional Web Page - Use your best judgment as possible on this one. If the web page looks corporate like than it probably is.
  • Consistent Call Rates - The call per minute price structure should be the same throughout and not change for whatever reason.
  • Rechargeable - This is a great function to have for a prepaid calling card purchased on line. Whenever your minutes run out your card can be set to renew automatically.
  • Call Quality - Sometimes bad call quality can happen, but if it happens too frequent, then switch carriers.
  • Access Numbers - Choose a company that has a wide range of access numbers. And keep an eye out for toll free access numbers as well.
  • Area Coverage - If you travel quite often to different countries then it would be best to choose a card that is non-country specific. So make sure the provider offers some.
  • New Account Confirmations - Make sure the prepaid calling card you sign up with contacts you shortly to confirm your identity. This way you know they are a legitimate company.
  • Customer Service - 24x7 phone support. Do not accept anything else at all.

  • This may seem like a lot of information but I assure it is not. Choosing a calling card provider to get in touch with your friends or loved ones overseas should not be a stressful situation. There are many great prepaid calling card provides out there, just keep the 10 reasons in mind when choosing one.
    To see a list of reputable calling card providers can take a look here for more information: You will find a list of companies as well as a useful tool to search calling card prices.

    How to Choose Prepaid Calling Cards

    When I was working overseas for several years I had fun in the beginning exploring and meeting different people and faces. But I started missing the familiar things back home, such as my favorite food pizza, walking around the neighborhood where I grew up and most importantly seeing the familiar faces of long time friends and family. I stayed in touch by email and it was OK but absolutely no comparison in hearing an actual live voice full of affection. Then there are web-cams and instant messaging, but I'm not at a desk full time.
    So the next best thing for a guy who's not inside all the time is to use a cell phone to keep in touch. Making international calls with a cell phone costs and arm and a leg though. I usually talk for more than a few minutes and even then those few minutes will cost me $5.00 US dollars. But there is an alternative to using your cell phone to make traditional international calls. You can use prepaid calling cards. I found the ones that you can buy in convenience stores and gas stations but I found those cumbersome. Because I had to buy so many at one time and I had to remember PIN numbers.
    On the Internet I found a better solution. To my amazement there were so many prepaid calling card providers with many types of calling cards. But as I looked more closely at some of the companies I found that they charge maintenance fees and they have something called minute rounding.
    So I did more research on this and found that all the prepaid calling card companies charge these fees. And some of them were hidden and I'm staying away from those. The fees weren't bad though compared to traditional international calling so I really looked at it as a convenience factor. Another price point I realized which was an important factor for me was PIN less dialing, meaning I did not have to remember PINs anymore. However, keep in mind that PIN less prepaid calling cards cost slightly higher.
    But I did some quick figures and came up with some numbers that proved using prepaid calling cards to make international calls was far cheaper than using the service provided by my cell phone carrier. My calls with prepaid calling cards cost .08 cents per minute compared to $1.50. And that's including the fees. So there really is no comparison and the decision was easy. One of the best features of using online prepaid calling cards is that you can set your calling card to recharge when your minutes run out. Your credit card which the prepaid calling card company has on file will automatically be billed.
    So in choosing a prepaid calling card keep in mind a few factors. Figure out how much you are willing to spend per minute as well as your calling habit. Some cards offer reduced rates during certain call time. Some cards charge lower maintenance fees but higher per minute call rate.
    Look for prepaid calling card companies that have professional looking website and most importantly 24x7 customer support. And don't be afraid to call them and ask questions.
    Edwin Clark
    For more information on finding the right prepaid calling card you can take a look at:

    Friday, April 27, 2007

    Why You Need Conference Calling Services

    If you need to connect with people in your company or group conference calling services is the way to go. Conference calling services can handle small groups to thousand of people at a time. This article will look at some of the advantages of using a conference calling service.

    Most conference calling services charge by the minute. You can find conference calling services that are complex enough to hold a conference call within minutes. Usually you will plan well in advance for your conference calls. You will want to decide on the importance of a few features that are commonly found with most conference calling services.

    Please Stand by For Recording

    You may wish to record your conference call and then market your call or just make the information available to your staff for review. Recording a conference call is a very common feature of most conference calling services.

    Most of the time you will have people reserve a spot for the call, but there are conference calling services that will allow for a reservationless rule. There are many other types of conference calling services that you might befit from.

    The main factor that will determine what type of service is bets for you would be the motive for the call. Many network marketers use conference calling to teach their down line. Major corporations use conference calling services for training sessions with offices that may be located in other states or countries.

    Most people are reluctant to spend their money for training conferences, but if the information will earn them more money they are usually willing to spend a few bucks per call. You may want to email a set of notes that they can use to follow along if you are investing the money to train them.

    A quick search online for conference calling services will reveal just how big this market is. You will find several companies that offer very valuable services for pennies on the dollar. You may want to contact some larger companies to see if they have any experience with conference calling services. You are also likely to find chats online that will expose the good conference calling services from the bad ones.

    Monday, April 23, 2007

    The New Way To Buy Your Cellular Phones

    In a fast pace society, you find yourself too busy to make it to the stores to buy any product whether it be a Cell phone, Car Audio, Beauty Supplies, or Clothing. It seems we just cannot find the time anymore. What I have found is that most people do all of there shopping, down to buying there groceries, Online. It's fast, it's simple, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

    Now, there is no need to rush to the stores after work to get what you need, you can simply go home, hop on the internet and find everything that you have been looking for, plus much more; in addition more often than not you find it for a discounted price! Anything from Anti-itch cream to ordering tickets to the zoo is at your fingertips and waiting on you to click the Proceed to Check-Out button.

    The one thing that I have found utterly amazing is the fact that you can buy any Cellular Phone from just about any Carrier including: Cingular, Sprint PCS, Verizon, T-mobile, Nextel, Cingular,Alltel, etc for the price of your monthly plan! No costly phone price’s, no activation fee’s, and no hidden fee’s either, when I came across this I was stunned. I couldn’t understand how you could get a phone that would cost you approximately $250 in the store but online it was FREE? Then I started to take into consideration that there were no overhead costs for these websites. They had no monthly rent bills, no electric bills, no water bills, nothing. It all started to make sense, so I decided to look further into this and found that there were no gimmicks at all. It was true. You could literally walk away with a new phone, at only the price of your monthly contract.

    So, I decided to not only get me a new cell phone but also to find more information out about this cool new way to buy and sell all sorts of electronics. I found information out about how you can purchase Alarm Systems Online, for only the cost of the monthly monitoring fee. Then someone in your area will come and install your system for free! The same goes for Satellite Dish providers; you purchase it for only the cost of the monthly subscription fee, you can get up to four receivers in your home for as little as $19.95 per month. Then someone will come out and install all of the equipment free of charge. That’s a deal!

    So before you go out and spend hundreds of your hard earned dollars, grab a computer, do a little surfing, compare some prices and get what you want for a price that you can afford! there are websites out there for anything that you are looking for, so take advantage of there amazing deals, you won’t regret it!

    Saturday, April 21, 2007

    Selecting a Toll Free number?

    Toll Free numbers have gone a long way; nowadays there are hundreds of toll free companies and resellers out there that provide the same basic features. Enhancements on telephone applications enabled toll free service to acquire most if not, all of the telephone applications inherent in landline services.

    Consumers now look for quality of service provided by telecommunication companies with respect to appropriate pricing. The advancement of T1 lines and their corresponding circuits, collocation and cooperation between competing companies now allowed to consumer to call different networks which was just a dream 10 years ago. Now wireless phones, VoIP phones, enhanced landline, drives voice communication to its peak.

    Analysts believe that wireless communication is going to take over as the main medium of mass media in the near future as wireless bandwidth becomes faster and more secure. Businesses are now trying to integrate as much of their well-invested telecommunication products to wireless and web based applications. Toll Free numbers are a staple for a successful business venture, proven again and again by many different experts, white papers, feasibility studies and old fashion experience. Technology convergence remains fast but what will happen to toll free numbers?

    VoIP long distance companies are able to provide toll free service, which is nothing, more than a collect call forwarding service at a much cheaper price than most stand alone toll free providers. Consumers are still wary of using VoIP phone, which have major disadvantages such as calling emergency numbers like 911. Consumers believe that the lack of access to such important government service is not worth the price of reduced long distance cost.

    Toll free numbers however, which are dependent on incoming rather than out going minutes are less affected by this and is able to fight and win on a service price war.

    The minute cost of toll free numbers has been drastically reduced for the past few years but are they really cheaper? Toll free providers have found myriads of ways to increase profit by adding additional monthly service fees on top of your phone subscription, minimum monthly minutes, expiring prepaid minutes, and the biggest scam of all to win the price war is the multiple leg pricing scheme.

    Toll Free numbers as explained before are call forwarding service, which effectively makes it 2 phone calls. The first call from the original caller to the toll free service provider, then another call from the toll free service provider to the service subscriber. This is a great opportunity to charge for more while legally advertising a cheaper price. This annoys consumers but found it difficult to change service provider or acquiring a new number. Vanity numbers are hard to find and takes a week to register. For most businesses the cost of changing service providers is very expensive on wasted time and opportunities

    A lot of consumers don’t know that their numbers are “portable” and can be used on any service provider assuming proper legal procedures have been done; this normally takes just as long as registering a new vanity number. There are people who also thought that Telco’s such as AT&T have more numbers in their database for them to choose from, what they don’t realize is that all toll free companies get their number availability from the same place.

    Today even experienced toll free service subscriber still fall for tricks made by service provider to make money. The best advice for a good deal is the same as any other consumer advice, shop around, be thorough, and find great toll free service providers out there.

    Friday, April 20, 2007

    Advantages of Prepaid Phone Cards

    Prepaid phone cards, also named calling cards, international phone cards are fast selling out from convenience stores, supermarkets and hundreds of web sites online. There are many advantages associated with prepaid phone card. The main among them are:

    Can make calls from a phone that is not international calling enabled. People choose international phone card, when they want to call up their friends, relatives or business partners who live half way down the globe. No agreements to sign and no bills to wait for.

    Customers save 54% to 76% on international calling with prepaid phone cards. With advancements in technology, people can today cut costs of international calling by 50% or more, simply by using international phone card. For example the cost of calling to India from USA starts from 4-5¢ a minute. For toll free access of international calling, the per-minute charges can be a bit higher. The customer also doesn't have to pay hefty taxes as much as they would if they use their regular telephones or mobile phones to make long distance international calls.

    No bills. The cheap international calling card that is prepaid avoids the worry of waiting for an astronomical bill at the end of the month. The expenses are well within control of the customers.

    Mobility and flexibility are other key benefits of prepaid phone cards. Customers can make calls from any phones. You can call from home, office, pay phone or from your friend's house. The phone doesn't have to be enabled with international long distance calling provisions.

    Monitor usage history. Different online phone card sellers give the provision of tracking your call history online. You can know when and for how long did you make an international call.

    Some Significantly Important Terms Prepaid Calling Card Customers Must Know About

    Connection Charge – if the phone card has a connection fee, the amount will be deducted from the number of available calling minutes. Most prepaid calling cards today come without a connection charge. Look at the fine print, if the card you purchase has connection fee. The amount will be deducted from your account if the call reaches a voice mail or a wrong number.

    Maintenance Fee – this is another fee charged on the card on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. No maintenance fee if the full value is used in a week, fortnight or a month.

    Local Access Number – this is the number you dial to access the service offered by the prepaid calling card. Using local access number to access prepaid phone card service gives more minutes than while using toll free number to access the service.

    Validity and Expiry – different prepaid phone card companies have different policies regarding validity and expiry. Validity can vary from 90 days of purchase of the card to 365 days after the last use of the card.

    With dozens of companies selling prepaid calling card, it is a tough task to make the right choice. Go in with the simple math of comparing the number of minutes you get against the amount you pay.