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Wirefly is committed to making it easier for you to research, compare and purchase new cell phones online.

Whether you are a veteran cell phone user and simply want the convenience of buying your new phone online or you're a first-time cell phone shopper, we have all the tools and information you need to make an informed decision.

Cell Phone Comparisons

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Home of Wirefly's cell phone comparisons. View cell phone comparison charts along with video comparisons of the hottest phones on the market. Compare, decide and buy ... from Wirefly!

DROID DNA by HTC vs. Samsung Galaxy S III Schmackdown by Wirefly

One of the most popular Smartphones in the world takes on a top contender in this Wirefly Schmackdown, a comparison video review, between the Samsung Galaxy S III and the DROID DNA by HTC.

HTC DROID DNA vs iPhone 5 Smartphone Comparison Review

Apple's iPhone 5 and the DROID DNA by HTC are both 4G LTE smartphones that are available for Verizon Wireless. See which of these very popular smartphones is better then the other.

Windows Phone 8 vs Apple iPhone Comparison Review by Wirefly

Is Apple's iOS really better than Windows Phone 8 operating system? Let Wirefly show you the differences between these two user-friendly operating systems.

Android OS vs Windows Phone 8 OS

In this smartphone operating system Schmackdown you will see Wirefly compare the new Windows Phone 8 OS to the very popular Android OS.

Android Smartphones vs. Apple iPhone Wirefly Schmackdown

In this Wirefly Schmackdown video we will show you the differences between Android Smartphones and the Apple iPhone. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Android Smartphones and the Apple iPhone? This Schmackdown comparison video will answer your question.

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Comprehensive list of definitions for common cell phone and wireless industry terms.

Glossary: 0 – B

802.11 - 1G - 2G - 3G - 4G - Accelerometer - Access Fee - Activation - Airplane Mode - Airtime - Analog - Analog Roaming - Antenna - Bandwith - Bluetooth - Broadband - Browser - Bundling

Glossary: C – G

Call Barring - Call Forwarding - Call Holding - Call Transfer - Call Waiting - Caller ID - Carrier - Coverage Area - Digital Zoom - Dual-Band - Dual-Mode - EMS - Encryption - Enhanced 911 (E-911) - Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) - Exchange - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - Flash Memory - General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) - Gigabyte - Global Positioning System (GPS) - Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)

Glossary: H – N

Hands-free - Hot Spot - Internet Message Access Protocal (IMAP) - Infrared (IR) - Instant Messaging - Key Guard - Key Lock - Kilobyte - Land Line - Local Number Portability (LNP) - Locked Device - Megabyte - Megapixel - Memory Card - Mobile Identification Number (MIN) - Mobile Virtual network operator (MVNO) - Number Portability

Glossary: O – R

Off-peak - Operating System - Pay-as-you-go - PC Card - PC Sync - Peak - Picture ID - Picture Messaging (EMS) - Personal Identification Number (PIN) - Polyphonic Ringtone - Predictive Text Entry - Prepaid - Push-to-talk - QWERTY - Refurbished - Resolution - Ringer ID - Ringtone - Roaming

Glossary: S – Z

Service Charge - Service Plan - Short Messaging Service (SMS) - SIM Card - Sleep Mode - Smartphone - Standby Time - Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) - Sync - T9 - Talk Time - Text Messaging - Third Generation (3G) - Unlocked Device - Usage charge - Voice Activation & Voice Calling - Voice Memo - VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) - Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) - Wi-Fi - Windows Mobile - Wireline - World Phone

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Wireless Basics

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Don't know what features you need in a cell phone? Check out Wireless Basics for a thorough description of cell phone and wireless plan features. Learn how to port your existing number to a new cell phone and more!

Verizon Home Phone Connect (Version 2) Unboxing and Review

The new version of the Verizon Home Phone Connect looks much the same as the original version, only considerably smaller. The device lets you use a wireless connection with your home phone, so that you can convert your old-fashioned wired home line into a lower-cost and more flexible wireless line. The Verizon Home Phone Connect is a great way to keep the familiar home connection you now have and save money at the same time.

Keeping Your Number: Porting Your Existing Number To a New Cell Phone

Getting a new cell phone with a different carrier no longer means losing your existing cell phone number. It's easy to transfer (or "port") existing phone numbers between carriers, or even to transfer a phone number from a landline to a cell phone. Known as wireless number portability, this process is quick and convenient when you order new cell phone service through Wirefly.com.

Core Features

Core features describe the essentials of each cell phone model, such as how many displays it has and what their resolution is, whether or not it has a speakerphone, what the phone book capacity is or whether the phone includes such personal information management application as calendar, calculator, currency converter, etc.

Personalization & Fun

Today’s cell phones are not only a means to communicate. More and more, they are becoming a way for the user to be entertained and to make a lifestyle statement. This is why the majority of phones come with a number of personalization features–such as different ringtones, “skins” or faceplates–as well as games.

Cell Phone Messaging Features

Cell phone's messaging features have to do with its ability to browse the Internet, send and receive text and multimedia messages as well as email through your cell phone.

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Cell Phone Etiquette

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Cell phones have become an indispensable accessory in our daily lives. We use our cell phones at work, at home, while traveling and in a variety of other situations. But with the convenience of these small wonders of technology comes the duty of using cell phones responsibly and without inconveniencing others.

Cell Phone Safety on the Road

Using your cell phone is a convenient form of communication, but it can also become a safety distraction if you're on the road. Remember these cell phone safety tips to keep yourself out of harm's way.

Cell Phone Etiquette For Kids

According to recent research, up to 75 percent of middle school students own cell phones. The number of high school kids with cell phones is even higher. Cell phone etiquette for kids is just as important as it is for adults. Here are a few simple guidelines that children with cell phones should always follow:

Keeping Your Cell Phone Calls Private

The accessibility of a wireless phone makes getting in touch much easier, but also creates a difficulty in keeping your cell phone calls private. However, regardless of the type of wireless phone you have, you can still keep your conversations between you and the other party confidential.

Common Courtesy During Cell Phone Conversations

Talking on your cell phone is not only convenient; for some it is a necessary part of daily communication. In order to keep your courtesy in check while you're gabbing on your mobile device, remember these few rules of etiquette when you're in public:

Top Three Places To Avoid Cell Phone Use

Whether for personal use or work reasons, mobile phones have become a staple of daily life. The problem occurs when cell phone users cross the line between convenience and bad manners.

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Device Protection

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Learn how to safeguard your cell phone with the NCOA Device Protection Service. You cell phone is an investment, and a sensible device protection plan guarantees you inexpensive and hassle-free replacement in case of loss, damage or theft.

Wirefly Device Protection Plan by MDPA

Device Protection Service gives you hassle-free repair or replacement of your wireless device in case of damage or theft through the Mobile Device Protection Association (MDPA) with NO deductible. Need more information? Check out our Device Protection Service Frequently Asked Questions.

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Wirefly's Order Process

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Activating a cell phone can be different from buying other electronics such as a TV or computer. For orders that include new wireless service or a contract extension, you are not just getting a cell phone shipped to you, but are also getting a monthly account with your cell phone carrier.

Wirefly’s Refer-A-Friend Program Adds Exciting Bonus For July 2011

Wirefly has long had a "Refer-A-Friend" program that pays $25 for each person you successfully refer to Wirefly. For the month of July 2011, that program gets even better: If you successfully refer five people to Wirefly, you not only earn $125, you get the MotoRokr EQ7 wireless sound system by JBL for free. The MotoRokr EQ7 is a terrific compact audio system for a computer or cell phone, and it's designed and built by one of the most respected names in the audio business: JBL.

Frequently Asked Questions for Wirefly Purchases

As the number one online source for cell phones, Wirefly understands that you have questions about your order. These frequently asked questions should help answer some of your questions and help you better understand the Wirefly purchase process.

Verizon Wireless Upgrade Eligibility Requirements

Learn which customers are eligible for upgrades on Wirefly.com.

T-Mobile Upgrade Eligibility Requirements

Learn which customers are eligible for upgrades on Wirefly.com.

Upgrade Eligibility Requirements for Sprint

Learn which customers are eligible for upgrades on Wirefly.com.

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Cell Phones for Kids

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Kids Wireless: Information for parents of kids of cell phone age.

LG Octane vs. LG Extravert Feature-Phone Schmackdown

Not everyone needs a powerful smartphone with its extensive web browsing capability and high monthly data cost to match. There are many phones that let you keep in touch while keeping the cost down, including the LG Octane and the LG Extravert. Both these phones have physical keyboards that make it easy to respond to texts and e-mails, and they even let you check out YouTube videos and your friends on Facebook. What will happen when these two are tossed into the Wirefly cell phone Schmackdown ring?

Cell phones for kids: Questions for parents to ponder

Rest assured that if your young teenager has asked you to get him or her a cell phone, you are in good company. The number of parents weighing the pros and cons of buying a cell phone for their kids has been growing exponentially as of late. According to a study by The Yankee Group, more than 50% of 13 to 17-year-olds today own wireless phones.

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Wireless Data Devices

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Jetpack Mi-Fi 5510L for Verizon Wireless by Wirefly

The Jetpack Mi-Fi 5510L for Verizon Wireless keeps your Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptops connected to the internet by creating a Mobile Hotspot. In this Quick Look video you will not only gain an understanding of the size of the Jetpack and how long the battery lasts, but Wirefly's Scott Lewis will show you how to connect your devices to the Jetpack Mi-Fi 5510L.

Verizon Jetpack 890L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

The Jetpack 890L mobile hotspot is the latest MiFi device to hit the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. The Jetpack 890L will allow you to connect up to 10 devices to the internet by creating a personal WiFi hotspot. You can also travel international with your Verizon Jetpack 890L. The Jetpack 890L will allow you to connect to the internet in over 205 countries worldwide.

Wirefly Tablet? Give Us Your Opinion!

Now Wirefly has the opportunity to release a tablet device under its own brand, and we want to know what our friends and fans think before we decide to carry such a device. Take a look at the video to the right and tell us if you think this tablet has a place on Wirefly. If so, what do you suggest we call it? And what should we charge?

What is 4G?

The number "4" must stand for "confusion." The term "4G" has been a hot topic in the cellular industry for the past year and there certainly has been a lot of confusion about it. In this brief article, we will explain what 4G is, why it's desirable and what you need to do to get it.

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