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What is a Smartphone?
A smart phone is like a little pocket computer, as well as making calls and sending texts, a smartphone allows you to connect to the Internet and run multiple applications which can be downloaded from different app stores. They even allow you to stay in sync with your social network sites, listen to and download music, manage and access your work and personal emails.
Different Smartphones run on different Operating Systems: Android, Symbian, iphone and Blackberry are some of the most popular. The Operating System manages all other programs on your mobile, making sure that each one runs efficiently.
Smartphone operating systems
Smartphones running on the Android operating system are currently the main competitor to the iPhone, Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Acer are all making Android smartphones, making this a very popular operating system. It looks and works in a similar way to the iPhone operating system, but you will not have the pay the high price for the Apple Brand.
The iPhone is probably the one smartphone that most people have heard about. Apart from the obvious strength of the Apple brand, the iPhone App Store and iTunes services are hugely popular, making their Smartphone very popular.
The BlackBerry has been very popular with businesses users for years, as it has strong email and general messaging capabilities.. The different BlackBerry models are popular with those users who prefer real keyboards to touchscreen ones.
There is a growing number of smartphones now using the Windows Phone operating system. This operating system incorporates strong PC Windows functionality such as Office and Media Player.
What do I need to know about choosing the right tariff with a smartphone?
Most touch screen phones will connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot when you are out and about. At home you can use your broadband to go online, however when you are out and about and no Wi-Fi hotspots are available, the Smartphone will use 3G for internet access. So it is important to select tariff that covers the usage you need. Our Upgrade experts will be able to guide you to the right amount of Internet you might need.
Check out a selection of popular smartphones below