Ways to Clean a Dirty Cell Phone

Right from the moment we wake up, to the moment we fall asleep at the end of the day, we continuously use our cell phones! Which is a lot of usage for any gadget. If you pay attention to the way you handle your cell phone throughout the day, you will be amazed. The amount and variety of surfaces that we touch before touching our cell phones without washing our hands every time, is cause for party for the bacteria breeding on the surface of our extremely unhygienic and disgusting phones.

The cell phone, I’m sure you have noticed, heats up if you use it for too long. And then we put it to our ears and have hour-long conversations. If you cast back your mind to school, you may vaguely remember being taught that certain conditions are very conducive for breeding of bacteria, heat being one of the major factors. So as you gossip and giggle with your phone stuck to your ears, the bacteria are multiplying, and fast. When we are done, we wipe the sweat off the phone and put it away. Gross! You may seriously want to clean your cell phones. I’ll tell you how to do it, if you don’t already know.

Cleaning Your Cell Phone

Here is a simple step-by-step process for the best way to clean your cell phone.

Step 1: Switch off your cell phone, and disassemble it. This makes the cleaning work much easier. Separate the case, keypad, battery, faceplate, and whatever else you can, without damaging the phone or breaking it.

Step 2: Make sure that your battery has been removed before any moisture comes in contact with the cell phone. If the moisture leaves any mark in the area marked by dotted lines where the battery is supposed to be, then your complaint will be dismissed as water damage, even if this happens within the warranty period. The warranty doesn’t cover water damage, besides which it cannot be rectified. So make sure that you keep the area that is supposed to be dry, really dry.

Step 3: Take a cotton swab, microfiber cloth or some wireless wipes, distilled water and some rubbing alcohol. Dip the swab/ cloth in the alcohol and wipe the different parts of your disassembled cell phone. The swabs are used for cleaning the keypad, and the microfiber cloth and the wireless wipes are used to clean the screen of the cell phone. Rubbing alcohol is useful for old hard plastic screen phones, whereas the distilled water is useful for the newer screens and metal trims on the phone, as well as the camera lens.

Step 4: Make sure that you wipe the camera lens off with a dry swab immediately, so that the water drying on it doesn’t leave a residue on the lens. This works great for smartphones and blackberry phones. The disinfectants/ cleaning chemicals found around your house are too harsh for these phones, so do not use any of those chemicals. Do not spray any chemical directly on the screen of your phone, else that will be the demise of your screen. You will have to replace it with a new one, which can be very expensive.

Step 5: Rub lightly so that the coating is not affected, and keep a little space from the edges so that the alcohol or distilled water doesn’t seep inside the phone and damage it. When cleaning the inside, make use of dry swabs, and in case of stubborn, dried-on dirt, wet the swab very slightly and wipe. Dry with a dry swab pronto, to make sure the moisture doesn’t go where it isn’t supposed to. If the moisture seeps in, it will short circuit your cell phone.

Step 6: If your screen is cracked, leave the screen protector on, lest the water seeps in through any crack that has formed. Also, do not go overboard when one swab comes away black, and keep scrubbing vigorously till you hear squeaking sounds. You will end up scratching your phone and removing the clear coating or oleo phobic coating which is present on a few models of smartphones.

Step 7: Replace the screen guard with another one as soon as the screen dries, if you had to remove it while cleaning. Once you are done with the phone, make sure that you clean your phone case in a similar manner. Use the rubbing alcohol and clean till the swabs come out almost clean. Leather cases have their own special cleaners which will clean and moisturize the leather.

Step 8: Clean the USB connectors (places where the charger, headphones, etc., are connected to the handset) with a brush dipped in rubbing alcohol. Not soaked in it, just slightly dipped. Let the phone dry thoroughly before you reassemble it, especially the areas near the location of the battery. Use another dry swab if you think some moisture is left in the phone. This is how to clean your cell phone. Once you are sure that the phone is really dry, then reassemble it and switch it on.

Make sure that the isopropyl alcohol you use is as close to 100% as possible. If you do not get 100%, try to get 98% or 97%, which is more easily available and is the best for cleaning.

UV Cell Phone Sanitizer

The UV cell phone sanitizer is a new cell phone cleaning gizmo, that can be used for cleaning almost all types of cell phones. It claims to clean 99.9% germs off your cell phone, making it safe and clean for use, in under a minute. All you have to do is, keep your cell phone inside the device and it will do its work. It bombards the cell phone with extremely powerful, shortwave UV radiations, which kill almost all the harmful viruses and bacteria thriving and breeding on the phone. You don’t have to do anything. But till the time you lay your hands on this very useful device, clean your cell phone manually, as per the instructions given above. You may end up doing yourself a favor, and save yourself from harmful diseases caused by the viruses and bacteria found on cell phones.

How would the idea of continuously rubbing your face against the toilet seat, while having a conversation with someone, appeal to you? What you are doing right now while talking with the phone glued to your ears, is more harmful and gross. It’s really not very difficult or time-consuming to clean your cell phone every few days. 15 minutes every week will give you a cleaner and safer phone, so why not invest this time? If you do, there is no need to imagine a toilet seat when you are talking on the phone. A very useful tip would be to try to use the handsfree as much as possible, instead of placing the phone on your ear and cheek. This will prove beneficial in the long term, if you are a regular user of the cell phone. You also get ready-made cell phone cleaning kits in the market, and you can just buy one. Do what you can, to get your cell phone clean. You will thank yourself later. Next time someone asks you how often do you clean your cell phone, you better have a good answer!

Ways to Record Cell Phone Calls

download-5As technology gets more and more advanced, new techniques and facilities become available. Same is the case with cell phones and the techniques that allows us to record cell phone calls. Let us find out more about it.

Cell Phone Call Recording

Recording cell phone calls allows you to access and listen to the actual conversation that was done during the call. There are a few people who record calls related to critical situations for further reference. Moreover, there are also many techniques that can be used for this purpose; of which, some are not well-known though. Before recording a cell phone conversation, you first need to ensure that it is legal in your state. In some states, it is illegal to record conversations without the consent of the other party.

Recording Facility in a Cell Phone
A majority of the latest mobile phones have the facility of recording ongoing calls. This is probably the easiest way of storing the call recordings. It is just a matter of using the appropriate buttons for starting the recording process. If you have a mobile phone that has this feature, and you want to record a conversation, initiate the call. A majority of cell phones will not allow you to start the recording procedure unless the call is in progress. During the call, press the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ button displayed on the screen, depending on the type of cell phone you have, and select the ‘record’ option. After you have pressed this button, you will see a timer indicating that the recording is in progress. Few cell phones may have a time limit on the call recording. When the call is ended, the recording will stop too. You also have the option of stopping the recording before the call ends. On some cell phones, a beep may be heard during the record, which indicates that the call is being recorded.

Recording Using a Cell Phone Call Recorder
If you do not have a cell phone with the in-built recording function, you can use a cell phone call recorder. The popularity of this device is growing. It is mostly used by business entrepreneurs for the purpose of recording important corporate calls and transactions conducted over the phone. Moreover, it is also used for personal use. Typical cell phone call recorders have a particular adapter that has to be plugged into the cell phone, so that the calls can be recorded.

Using a Call Recorder Card
This is one of the latest technologies in recording phone conversations. As a result, a majority of people do not know about it. The call recorder card is a service that enables access to all recorded calls and transactions without the need of connecting any physical component to the cell phone. This service instantly records all outgoing and incoming calls, along with all details such as caller ID, date and time. The calls are digitally recorded and you can get access to the recordings over a toll-free number of the service provider, or through his website. You can even download and save the call recording from the website in MP3 format. This service is currently available in a prepaid format.

Using the Internet
If you access the Internet you will find plenty of software which can simplify this task for you. Some of these applications can also store your conversations at a secure server or computer which can be downloaded at leisure. A conversation stored on a cloud-based service stays there forever, unless deleted by you. As a starter, you can register with these service providers, and take advantage of their services on trail basis, and know if it really works for you.

Before you record any cell phone conversations, especially those with your business associates, make it a point to inform the other party, and ask permission from him/her to do so. Well, you may like to make an exception when it comes to recording your personal calls.

Ways to Bedazzle a Cell Phone Creatively

download-4Everybody has a cell phone nowadays; and everybody is very deeply attached to it. But the problem with the fact that everybody has a cell phone is – well, everybody has a cell phone. So our phones are going to be much like those of other people. Everyone who has an iPhone4 has an iPhone4. Everyone who has a Blackberry has a Blackberry. This can be quite depressing for people who always like their belongings to be special and unique! So how do you make your phone stand out? Well, how about decorating your phone?
Steps to Bedazzle Your Cell Phone
Even some of the best cell phones on the market are very plain looking, with almost no graphics or designs. There are many ways in which you can change that. Here are some simple tips, tricks and ideas that will tell you how to bedazzle your phone.
Before You Begin…
… Make sure you have as many of the following things as possible. The list may sound a little bizarre, I admit. But once you come to the instructions, you will be taken by surprise! Ready? Here we go!

  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Art Pen
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Blow Pipe (look into a dissection box)
  • Toothbrush
  • Radium Stickers
  • Tweezers
  • Sparkle Glue
  • Diamonds! (of course, fake ones… Swarovski diamonds work the best!)
  • Shells
  • Super Glue

Basically, just go MAD and bring or arrange for all possible decorative things you can imagine. Old or broken jewelry can be a source of many of the above things!
Tips to Accessorize Your Phone
~ With Nail Paint ~
It is easiest to decorate your phone with nail paint. Now, the battery cover or back panel of almost any type of cell phone is usually plain. Even if it is colored, it is still monochrome, and monochrome spells ‘b-o-r-i-n-g’. So what could be a better place to begin from? Begin by revamping the back panel of your phone. Now make sure you take the cover off the phone before you begin decorating it. You do not want any nail polish or nail polish remover entering inside your phone. Better be safe than sorry! There are several themes and ideas you can choose from to decorate the battery cover.
➦ Abstract Design – just throw some drops of nail paint on the cover, and run the toothbrush over it, so that an abstract, striated pattern is created. You can get the same effect with a blow pipe too.
➦ Splashed Liquid – for this effect, simply place one BIG drop of nail paint on the cover, and blow with a blow pipe to spread the nail paint. Blow in a way so as to create a splash effect. You can even blow in only one direction to create an effect like paint dropped onto your phone and ran down it.
➦ Graffiti – This is probably the funkiest way to doll up your phone! You can have your initials, your favorite comic strip, or something you are closely associated to depicted on your phone (like a boombox, if you are a music lover). First draw the sketch on paper, then copy it on the cover.
To decorate the front side of your phone, it would be best to use a nail art pen rather than a nail polish brush – it will give you the right amount of precision. One idea could be to draw a frame of dots around the outline of the phone and each of the keys. Another idea could be to draw an elaborate frame around the screen. Just go creative.
~ With Gems ~
This is a sure shot way to add *BLING* to your phone! Diamonds – especially Swarovski diamonds – look really pretty on a cell phone. But they can be quite an expensive option. You can even go for plastic gems. They work just as well, and they come in a lot of colors too. Again, begin with the battery cover. Take it off the phone and start decorating it.
➦ Animal Print – you can create a zebra stripe pattern, or a leopard dot pattern, or a dalmatian pattern using various gems. Animal print are the latest fashion trend, so why not embellish your phone to match it?
➦ Theme Based – if you like the sea, you can depict the ocean floor on your phone. Use pearls and shells along with gems. If you like butterflies, maybe you can create a butterfly valley on your phone! Butterflies will also allow you to use gem stone of many different colors.
➦ Personalized Phone – how about simply creating a gems pattern of your initials on your phone? Choose a decorative and interesting font though. Maybe you can cover the entire panel with diamonds of one color, and have your initials made with a different color.
Pasting gems onto your phone can get quite messy, if you do not know how to handle the glue. Also super glue on your fingers is not a situation you want to be in. So for the small-sized gems, you can use a toothpick to apply the glue. For the big ones, use a cotton bud wrapped in cling film.
Some General Pointers
Do not hesitate to mix and match the styles. If you use nail paint, it does not mean you should not use gems. You can even use nail paint, gems AND something else – like pearls, shells, radium stickers, regular stickers, temporary tattoos, etc. Also if your phone has the provision, then make sure to hang one of those cute phone accessories onto your phone as well. You can pick up an accessory to match the style in which you have decorated your phone. You can even make your own phone accessory from old jewelry and key-chains. Hang bells or ghungroos from a string, and you have your own unique tinkling phone accessory.
So now you have an idea about how to decorate your phone. One final tip I can give you is to decorate the phone cover as well. After all, a phone cover is what is visible when your phone is in the cover! Also, if you can, then practice decorating an old phone or a toy phone before you revamp your own phone. If anything goes wrong, at least it will not be with your pricey and priceless phone! That’s all. Cheers!

Tips on Making an International Call

images-3There was a time when we hardly knew one person – that too due to some common acquaintance – living in a different country, but these days due to globalization, we all have at least one family member or a close friend living ‘abroad’. It may be that the person has permanently shifted or is on a temporary assignment. But that does not mean that you can’t call up that person and say a few words. It is only natural to miss someone close to you and say the same on the phone. E-mails are fine, but they surely lack the personal touch that your own voice lends.

How to Make a Long Distance International Call?

  • Firstly, what you need to make the call, is an ISD enabled calling device. This may be your mobile phone or your home phone. Some network providers may restrict ISD calling facility. In this case, you can use an international calling card. So make sure that the device you are using allows you to make ISD calls
  • You have to remember the classifications. You have to first dial the ISD number (011), then the individual ISD code which is available for each country, the STD code of the city you are calling, and finally the local number.
  • To make a call to another country, you have to first dial the code 011. This code indicates that you are trying to make an international call. You have to dial this code before you dial the country code.
  • After 011, you need to dial the country code. Each country in the world has its own unique ISD code. For example, the code for USA is 1, for UK and Northern Ireland it is 44, for India it is 91, etc. This code helps identify the country to which the call is being made. You can get the country code for any country, by searching for it on the Internet.
  • After you have dialed the country ISD code, you have to dial the city code. Each city in a country has its own unique STD code. For example, the code for the city of London is 020. This code helps identify the city to which the call is made. The STD code can also be obtained by searching for it on the Internet
  • The last step is to dial the actual phone number. By actual phone number, I mean the local phone number of your friend/relative.
  • So, if you have a friend/relative staying in London, while you are somewhere in the United States of America, the number you are dialing should look something like 011 44 020 XXXXXXX.

Long distance calling has become an everyday thing, as you may dial an international number for personal or business reasons. Keeping this need of people in mind, the connectivity has improved, and call rates have also dramatically reduced.