Let’s face it. The mobile phone is the most widely used technology on the planet. From your Rickshaw drivers and local pan wallahs to your top level executives and leaders of enterprise, the one constant trait they have in common is the use of a mobile phone. For those looking to buy a new handset here are a few add-ons that makes a lot of sense to invest in.

1. Service Operator’s Data Back up Plan
For a monthly subscription fee that wouldn’t add more than Rs. 50 extra to your bill your can have your service provider back up all of your handset’s data. This ensures that in case of theft or loss of the handset your data can always be restored to a new device irrespective of what the model number or who the manufacturer is. Not only does this service back up your contacts but it will also back up your media – pics, videos, music as well as your calendar details and messages. You will of course need to have GPRS active on your SIM.

2. Portable Charger/Additional Battery
One of the biggest issues with quite a few mobile handsets is that although they might have fantastic features, they might not have the very best battery life. The last thing you want to have happen is to have the battery die on you when you’re on an important call and out of the office. Another must have for those who travel a lot and are constantly required to stay connected to people via calls or emails is a charger for your car (if you have one) or a secondary battery that’s always charged. Car chargers are not too expensive and you can even buy a kit with multiple pin options so it can be used with a variety of cell phones irrespective of their charging ports. These chargers can range from Rs. 350 up to Rs. 800.

Some of the budget handsets come packaged with a second battery that is an extremely handy thing to have. While chargers, even the ones for your car are quite inexpensive the same can’t be said for batteries. I do not recommend buying one off the street even if the packaging looks as authentic and is being sold by a guy with a company branded T-shirt. Always, always, buy one from an authorized dealer. The same goes for the chargers. Original batteries range from Rs. 600 upward according to make and model no.

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