If one thing can be said about telecommunications technology, it is this: it is constantly changing. Developments and discoveries are constantly being made by the brains and professionals at the top of communications technology, and new products are emerging all of the time. It is hard not to feel as though you are constantly “behind” when it comes to computers, internet, phones and the like – one day, you make a purchase and are at the top of the game, and a week later, a new product is released and your purchase feels obsolete.
In recent years, it has become virtually impossible for everyone beyond Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to stay on the cutting edge of the world of telecommunications technology. Those of us who waited hours for those first iPhones were met with dismay when a few short months later not only did prices drop on the devices, but announcements were made of newer versions for the coming year. Similar emotions are felt daily when it comes to wireless internet, laptop computers and even GPS systems.
As much as we hate to admit it, the idea of purchasing an expensive technological tool, toy or device only to find out that a newer version is coming out in a few short weeks makes us cringe. So how can you make sure that you’ll be able to stay, at least for a little while, on the very cutting edge of telecommunications technology? Take few cues here, and increase your chances:
1. Do Your Research
No need to head to the library and open an encyclopedia or take out books – head online and check out the technology sections of regular news sites. Any big developments, such as new releases or business moves, will be easily accessed here. Go to the websites of the big players in the technological areas in which you are interested – the cell phone companies, the wireless internet providers, the computer manufacturers – to find out what’s next. If you are especially computer savvy, check out the websites of technology-dedicated magazines or information sources. Here, you’ll find detailed, insider information about what’s to come with WiMax or what to expect with 4G.
2. Shop Around
Once you’ve made a decision that you want to add to your telecommunications technology collection, don’t be in a hurry to buy. Check with sellers online and in your area to find the best deals. Things like warranties, repairs and replacements are important, and you will be surprised to find out how different suppliers deal with such issues. Furthermore, prices will definitely vary. Find out if any sales are around the corner, and be willing to wait a month or two before you buy.
This may seem like the most obvious piece of advice, but it is not. Enjoy the smart phone or laptop computer you’ve purchased – even when something new comes onto the market. If you spend all of your time worrying about having the newest wireless air card with the fastest wireless broadband or owning the sleekest cell phone with the best GPS system, you will miss out on a lot of what your technological toy has to offer. Furthermore, think of it this way – every time a new toy or updated version comes out, you’ll be just that much closer to having an excuse for replacing your existing telecommunications devices.