Myths about smartphones that You Need to Bury

As smartphones get increasingly popular, all sorts of information about their use and effect are passed around. Most of this information is completely false, lacking any scientific or technological evidence. Beware of the facts to avoid being fed all sorts of lies. The most common myths about smartphones that have actually been widely believed are:

Drain your battery before recharging

Completely draining your phone’s charge can cause internal damage.  Always have some charge in your phone at all times since smartphones use lithium-ion batteries that last longer if kept charged.

Overnight charging could damage your phone

This was true of older batteries which could be destroyed by overcharging. Modern phones monitor charging and power is cut off once charging is complete.

 

Use only the original battery

This is obviously a marketing strategy by the phone manufacturers to get more profit! As long you buy a charger from a reputable company as a replacement, you are good to go.

Closing background apps boosts performance

Performance and battery use is not affected by the number of apps running in the background. This is true about both Apple and Android devices.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drain battery

This was true of older models but modern devices are not affected by these transmitters if not in active use. You can put them on or off at your own will without much effect.

Automatic brightness saves battery power

The process of a phone adjusting its brightness actually consumes unnecessary power. Dim and brighten your screen manually whenever necessary.

People want smaller phones

The first models of mobile phones were very large and bulky. People wanted smaller and lighter phones but with the appearance of smartphones, the bigger it, the better!

The more the megapixels, the better the camera

The quality of photos taken doesn’t just depend on megapixels. Factors such as quality of the sensor and the image processing software play a major role.

Smartphones Give People Cancer

Scientists, backed by WHO, have never really confirmed that there’s an association between the use of mobile phones and increased risk of cancer.

Smartphones Make Us Dumber

Studies have actually suggested the exact opposite- smartphones make us smarter. They help people stay in intellectually demanding jobs for longer.

Smartphones Make Us Antisocial

On the contrary, they enable us to speak even more to friends and family than ever before and even meet new people.

Switching your phone to airplane mode keeps you from getting tracked.

Enabling airplane mode only disables Wi-Fi and network service but the phone can still be tracked via satellite.

Android phones are vulnerable

Android phones unlike Apple devices are allowed to download from anywhere but this does not mean that they are vulnerable. Their operating system is actually very secure.

Next time you hear someone make a claim about smartphones, be curious and verify whether it is true. Do not just believe everything you hear. It may be information that is a downright strategy to market certain products or a claim stemming from utter ignorance!

Making Phone Calls Through Wi-fi

While making normal phone calls, either through 3G or 4G networks, you make use of masts that are distributed throughout a region. These masts connect the phone waves and are normally placed in a network pattern. They are more densely placed in high population areas such as cities than in rural areas and this could explain why phone calls may sound less clear when you are in a rural location.

Wi-fi calls on the other hand enable you to make phone calls and send texts through wireless networks. One major advantage is that they are compatible with all kinds of Wi-fi networks be it the one you have at home or public ones such as at a train station or coffee shop. All you are required to do is connect to the network and you are ready to make a call.

Wi-fi network phone calls are extremely helpful when in an area with no regular phone network but has Wi-fi. This enables you to stay in touch with friends and family even from remote places. But what would happen if you move out of Wi-fi range? This is where your network provider comes in handy. Some networks will actually allow you to automatically change from Wi-fi to 4G so seamlessly that your call will not be interrupted.

Not all UK network providers offer Wi-fi calls but Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three do offer.

Vodafone

Not all mobile phones can access Wi-fi calling. On Vodafone, you can only access this facility if you are a pay monthly customer and you have an iPhone 6, iPhone 6Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus.

If you are using a Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge, you can still access Wi-fi call but you will only do so if you got your device from Vodafone.

EE

Network Carrier EE will offer mobile Wi-fi calls to a wide range of smartphone models and makes as long as you have a 4G enabled phone. You will thus be able to switch from 4G to Wi-fi and back with ease.

Three

Three allows its network users access to make Wi-fi calls. However, you will need to have an LG phone, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and the devices need to be 4G enabled.

O2

To be able to make Wi-fi calls on O2, you will require an android phone running on Android 4.0 or higher or an iPhone with iOS 8 or higher. You will also need to download Tu Go app and be a pay monthly customer.

There are apps you can download that can help you make Wi-fi calls such as WhatsApp or Skype but to get the simplest way to make calls, it is advisable to go with what your network provider has to offer. So, what is the difference of making Wi-fi calls through your phone as compared to making calls via apps?

  • You do not need a separate application to make a Wi-fi call with your phone as long as it has the feature.
  • Wi-fi calls allow you to make calls to any contact in your phone book while applications only allow calls to people who also have a similar application installed in their phone.

Pros of Wi-fi calling

  • You can make phone calls in areas with weak network coverage provided there is Wi-fi connectivity.
  • Even while you might be in an area with good network coverage, certain places in a building may not be able to access the network and this is where Wi-fi calling helps.

 

Cons of Wi-fi calling

  • Only a limited number of mobile phone models have the Wi-fi calling feature.
  • A limited number of network carriers allow Wi-fi calling.