(This is a guest post by Sage Harman)
As a new mom, you wouldn't believe how I turn to my smartphone like a lifeline. I rely on it for myriad different things - to make calls and send text messages (duh!), to manage my schedule, to take lovely photos, to listen to music, watch videos and play games, and to surf the web. But did you know that aside from all these, there are so much more practical uses for your smartphone? Here's a few you may not know about.
There are accessories that you can use with your smartphone to measure your blood pressure and blood glucose levels. Some smartphones even come built-in with apps that can track your daily workouts, diet and weight.
You can download both free and paid eBook readers and eBooks to your smartphone.
Turn your smartphone into a sensible kitchen assistant by loading it up with cooking apps and recipes.
There are lots of apps out there that can turn your smartphone into an efficient remote control.
You can download GPS apps or maps that you can use offline.
There are apps that will allow you to locate your loved ones by using maps and your smartphone's GPS function.
There are tons of scanning apps that will turn your smartphone into a barcode or QR code scanner.
Who needs a webcam when you can video chat using your phone?
Enjoy cash-free transactions by downloading apps that will allow you to store your credit card and banking information on your smartphone.
You can use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot to share your internet connection with other devices.
Some apps will let you stream live TV on your smartphone.
It may not be as accurate as an actual ruler or tape measure, but if one is not handy, you can use your phone to measure distance, height, width and area.
I'm sure there are many other surprising things you can do with your smartphone. If you know of any, please do share! And if you're in the market for a new smartphone, you can compare plans and get free information at No contract plans
Sage Harman is a frugal living enthusiast, wife and mother. She runs http://www.no-contract-plans.com, a site dedicated to providing free information to consumers trying to find viable no-contract phone and internet plans.