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How do I Choose the Best Quad Band TV Phone?

S. Gonzales
S. Gonzales

A quad band TV phone is a cell phone that is capable of working on the four frequency bands of 850 megahertz (MHz), 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz and letting cell phone owners watch television on the device. To choose the best one for your situation, you will have to decide which cell phone features are most important to you and then seek a quad band phone that has those specifications. It ultimately is personal preference that will be the deciding factor when purchasing this type of phone.

If you want to purchase a true quad band TV phone, you should first look for devices that can work on all four frequency bands. Purchasing a phone that can operate on all these frequency bands ensures that the device will work anywhere in the world, meaning that you might be able to watch TV no matter where you are.

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You also can determine which cell phone features mean the most to you and then find devices that meet your needs. For example, if you require a high-definition camera, music player or Bluetooth® capability, you can easily find a quad band TV phone that includes those features. It's likely that you will come across quad band TV phones with familiar features on them, such touch screens and QWERTY keypads. However, these phones can also offer more sophisticated features than the average cell phone. Selecting a device that can be categorized as a dual SIM card phone can give you more freedom and mobility, because you can associate two phone numbers with the same cell phone.

It also will be important to take into consideration how you intend to use your quad band TV phone. It obviously can function as both a TV and a standalone phone, so you likely will have to choose between features based on how much you want to use either function. For example, if you want to use this type of phone mainly as a portable television viewing device, you probably want to choose a device that boasts a large liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. Large LCD screens can make viewing TV easier if you want to spend a lot of time catching up on your favorite shows. If you plan to place a lot of calls, you might want to invest in a phone that has a physical keypad to make dialing calls easier.

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