A bit for the under 18′s, how to stay safe on your mobile

For the teen market, mobile phones are a primary object in every day life. You call, you text, you play games, you download. The options are endless.

At Mazuma Mobile, we think the teenage mobile phone revolution is a good thing‚ with endless ways to stay in touch, life just got a little bit safer.  Yet there are some more precautions you should take to ensure your mobile phone usage is perfectly safe for you:

  • Keep your phone with you at all times. If it’s a new, savvy model and you leave it out on the desk at school, someone else may take a shine to it, which could leave you heartbroken.
  • Only give out your number to people you trust; your family, your friends.
  • If your phone allows you to set up a pin-code, then perhaps you should. This means that if your phone does get stolen, the culprit won’t be able to use it anyway.
  • Tell someone if you’re being bullied by phone text, or ring up your network provider and have the number blocked.
  • Your best bet is not to lend your phone to a stranger; if they are desperate, then make the call on behalf of them rather then placing your handset in their hands.
  • Be sure not to spend hours staring at your mobile phone screen, no matter how hard it can be sometimes. Just remember, your eyes are important too, and the brightness of the mobile phone screen can cause damage if you spend too much time looking down at it.
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How to look after your mobile phone

When it comes to talking about how to look after a mobile phone, some may say it’s easy and obvious. Yet there are little things you can do to ensure your new savvy handset doesn’t end up in the pile of damaged phones being recycled here at Mazuma Mobile too soon. Although you can sell your old mobile for cash should it be damaged, it’s more worthwhile to take good care of your handset and keep it until you wish to get a brand new model.

It is recommendable to take out insurance on any phone that you purchase, particularly if it’s one of the new sought after models. You can often get phone insurance at a small additional price when getting a new phone that is combined with the bill and taken out of your monthly phone charge. This should cover you for any damages or breakages. Even self inflicted ones. For the clumsy types, phone insurance is a good way of keeping the handset safe.

Another exceptionally simple way of looking after a mobile phone is to ensure that it is never kept in the back pocket. This is the worst possible storage place for a mobile phone. One sit-down and the little piece of magic may suffer a blow to the head.

Invest in a screen wipe or scratch resistant cover to keep it in its new condition. Even the hottest new phone can look shabby with a smeared screen or scratches to the bodywork.

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How to find the best contract deals

Though you and your mobile phone handset may be the best of friends for a year or two, there will eventually come a time where your once beloved handset may become shabby and damaged. If this time comes, there are many phone recycling schemes online which means you can get cash for your old mobile, making the goodbye slightly less painful.

However, the loss of a mobile phone means the effort of finding a new one, which can seem pretty tricky sometimes.

The best thing to do when considering purchasing a new contract mobile, is to make a budget on how much you wish to spend each month. At Mazuma Mobile, we don’t think being phone less sounds like much fun, so be sure you have worked out a reasonable and efficient bill to suit your lifestyle.

It is important when thinking about this to also consider what you need your contract to deliver. There are thousands of deals out there that consist of texts, phone calls and mobile internet, so work out which of the factors is most important to you.

Then it’s time to hit the comparison websites. Your best bet is to purchase a contract online, as you will often find that freebies get thrown in with such deals, including online discount. Don’t go for the first contract that you see; make sure you look around every phone manufacturer because you are guaranteed to find the same deal cheaper elsewhere.

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Not just a mobile phone?

Mobile phones have become second nature in the 21st century. With phone retail outlets popping up constantly all over the UK, it’s safe to say we’re going through a phone phenomenon.

At Mazuma Mobile, we reckon mobile phones are the greatest thing since sliced bread. With all this handheld technology at our fingertips even room for a growing phone recycling trend in our society where you can get cash for old mobiles, we’re in the grip of a piece of technological magic.

However, have a little think about what your phone means to you; to some a phone isn’t just about the wonderful things it can do. Texting, internet and incoming calls are all very exciting, but to many of us, phones have become a fashion.

When new flashier models come out, they instantly become a must-have. Being the owner of the latest savvy phone holds connotations of wealth and status and everyone loves having people ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over their new purchase.

For the ladies amongst us, the mobile phone market has even opened an avenue that is home to mobile phone fashion accessories. Even Swarovski have begun making crystal embellished mobile phone cases and designers such as Armani and Prada have even launched their very own phone models. If that’s not handheld fashion, then what is?

It’s a fact; mobile phones are making their mark on many aspects of British culture, now becoming an item of fashion. Who knows, maybe one day we will all have a different model to go with different outfits?

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The future’s bright

At Mazuma Mobile, we realise more than most just how fast the industry is evolving. Mobile phones have completely changed the face of technology in just 25 years. But where will mobile phones be at in 10 years time? Here’s our hazard at a few guesses.

Many science noggins are already discussing a new technology in regard to combining credit/debit cards with our mobile phones. This could mean that in a few years time, we could pay for things in shops with a special chip and pin device built into the handset. If that’s not fantastic technology, then what is?

Internet browsing should also become completely reliable. Some mobile phone handsets initiate some problems with connections and internet formats. However, within 10 years, mobile internet technology should be just as advanced as using it on a computer.

Navigational devices should also become a lot more advanced. Some phones already adopt a system which can allow you to be located simply through your mobile phone signal; however boffins also reckon that within the decade, we should be able to make a 999 call without even needing to speak to an operator. We could be zoned into the NHS at all times.

If mobile phone technology continues to evolve at fast pace, it is likely that phone recycling companies will also need to up their game. Who knows, maybe a system where you can swap old mobiles for cash may pop up in a local high street outlet?

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The staggering difference a phone makes

Computers, phones, televisions; each amazing technology is evolving at a speed much greater than you would find on any UK motorway. At Mazuma Mobile, we believe it’s important to ensure we don’t take such things for granted, when many places in the world are far from the stage that us Brits are at.

If you think of your local high street or shopping complex, it’s inevitable that many mobile phone branches, computer stores, and weird and wonderful technology outlets will stand. Can you even remember a time when they were not there?

Take a second and try and imagine your life, as it is, but without the aid of your mobile phone. What if it had never been invented or you were to sell your phone? With handheld technology at its greatest and phone recycling schemes no longer an absurd thought, mobile phones in particular have become almost a necessary component for 21st century living.

There are little things that we cannot do on mobile phones. Not only can we communicate with anyone in the world at anytime, but we can now use mobile internet, organise our lives on them, play games, send emails; even save word documents and get directions and the press of a button.

Mobile phones really have become a phenomenon. Manufacturers of the first models never even realised they would become this huge. So make sure you don’t take your little model for granted. That’s an exceptional piece of technology in your hands and a little piece of British culture.

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Finding value in the small things

Money, money, money! There is always opportunity to dream of course, but there are also simple ways to get a bit of extra money in your back pocket. This often comes from small things around your home that you may not even realise hold any worth.

Your old winter wardrobe: You may hate all your old clothes and think that no-one else would ever possibly want to buy them, but you’d be wrong. If you have old clothes piling up in bags in the bottom of your wardrobe, why not put an ad on EBay for a bundle of clothes. Someone, somewhere, is guaranteed to bid. Even if it’s £10, it’s £10 you wouldn’t expect to get for all those things you loathe.

That ‘junk’ in the loft: We all know the saying; one man’s junk is another one’s treasure. Get down to the local car booty and shift your old books, records and bears for a small profit.

Yourself: If you’ve got an extra talent that you could indulge in part-time, it’s worth looking into. Whether it’s writing, modelling, care work, it’s extra money. At Mazuma Mobile, we think everyone needs to embrace their talents.

Your old, broken mobile phone: Find an online phone recycling company to take it off your hands. You can get cash for your old mobile, even if it’s shabby and damaged.

Furniture that you just don’t use anymore: Auction house, EBay, Local paper – your options are endless; someone will want it!

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How to be eco-friendly

With talks of global warming and environmental concern blitzing every news broadcast across the world this century, we at Mazuma Mobile realise that many people are simply sick of hearing about it.

However, it really isn’t that difficult to do your bit to help. There are some very simple, easy things that you can do to add a little bit of the eco warrior mantra to your life, which can also relieve financial stress at the same time!

  • Using energy saving light bulbs is a great, easy way to start. They may take a little bit of time to get used too, but they last a hell of a lot longer than the usual light bulbs, saving lots of energy. Alongside this, your electricity bill should decrease.
  • Recycle. If your council has invested in a local recycling scheme, you have nothing to lose in taking part! Recycling doesn’t just refer to this though, even small tasks such as taking old clothes down to the charity shop or feeding meal leftovers to the little birdies in the garden helps to prevent unnecessary waste.
  • Dispose of old small items such as mobile phones correctly. You should use a proper mobile phone recycling scheme, many of which adopt an old mobiles for cash policy. Through doing this you even get a little something in your back pocket just for doing your bit.
  • If you have access to the internet, pay your bills online. This allows huge cuts in paper use, less paper being used means more trees left standing!
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