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Business Use

Whether your workday is spent in the office or on the road, your cell phone can save the day in a number of situations. Depending on your lifestyle, you may want to keep your office phone dedicated to business calls and save your cell phone for personal calls. Or you may be the type who uses your cell phone for both business and pleasure. If you use a cell phone during the business day, consider the following possibilities:

  • Use the speakerphone feature for impromptu conference calls, along with the mute function for private discussions.

  • How about creating your own virtual business card? Many phones have this feature to be used with text messages.

  • Synchronize your Microsoft Outlook files to your cell phone and never be away from the office. (Wait—is this a good thing?) Check out your particular phone model for this feature. If you don't have wireless connectivity, you'll need software and a cable. All the Outlook fields may not be supported, but it's worth a try.

  • Make use of your camera to share product photos with customers. Real estate agents, homicide detectives, and plumbers have found creative ways to assist both clients and coworkers with visual demonstrations.

  • Some phones have a lock function that can prevent unauthorized use or accidental dialing by requiring a code to unlock. The lock mode usually permits incoming calls but prevents outgoing calls.

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