ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Please don’t take my phone off me!!!

I had a weird experience yesterday while at a job in Irvine which was most unexpected.  On arrival to site I got asked to leave my phone at the reception due to the fire risk (anything with a battery except a laptop had to be left at reception).  I actually felt naked without it and it was this feeling that surprised me.

I had lost the ability to check my emails, actually ring people (I am awful at remembering numbers) and even monitor my client systems.  I have become so used to “being connected” that losing that ability (even for a short time) was a bit unnerving.

You see I have actually reached the point where I can run most aspects of my business from my phone (I don’t always choose to but I can).  Remotely accessing clients desktops, invoices, emails, monitoring client systems and a host of other activities can be accomplished on the move with no extra kit required. Not being able to use my phone felt like I could no longer effectively run my business.

Smartphones have reached a point where they are now as much as a necessity to some people as clothes.  You wouldn’t go out without your clothes on (or maybe you would?) and a lot of people wouldn’t even dream of leaving the house without their phones.  They are used for everything from taking pictures to social media and even …………… making calls!!

The screens are also getting bigger which is starting to have an impact on the sales of 7″ tablets as a lot of people would rather use their phones than purchase a tablet which is only slightly bigger.  I personally can’t see them replacing the likes of a laptop for mobile working but they are definitely getting closer.

So be honest what is your relationship like with your phone?

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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Don’t go out and buy the latest phones just yet

Until recently I was the proud owner of a Blackberry Bold 9780 until its unfortunate death in a river (didn’t like salt water). Since then I have been using my wifes old Samsung Galaxy Y as my main phone as my insurance excess was the same as a second hand Bold (multiple claims in one year) and I just fancied a change anyhow.

The problem was that the Galaxy Y screen is too small for welsh fingers and the touch keyboard is just plain horrible.  Couple this with the phones habit of dropping network connections for no reason and it was time for a change. My contract is not up until next February so I just wanted a phone that would keep me going until then, but also allow me to do some work on it.

Enter stage left my ‘new’ HTC Desire bought off ebay for £56.  It is a lovely piece of kit.  It has a bigger screen, CPU is light years ahead of the Galaxy Y, camera is much better and best of all I can monitor my clients servers from my phone using mobilepcmonitor which is an absolute bonus.

Now I am not saying that this phone can compete with the latest and greatest but for this price you are surely getting value for money.  Yes like everyone else I would love something newer (HTC One maybe?) but I can’t justify it just now when second hand phones are this cheap.

So when your contract is up may I recommend you shop around as you might be surprised how much phone you can get for not much money.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Perth.

Follow @Comtech247 on Twitter



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