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Sunday December 24th, 2006 03:18 AM
Do you want to know what a mobile phone term means? or are you interested in finding out more about mobiles?, if so then our mobile phone dictionary contain both information plus a glossary of terms used in the mobile world.
1G - This refers to the first generation of cellular networks which were analogue networks. The information that they could transmit was restricted by low bandwidth and they suffered from voice quality and security problems (eavesdropping).
2G - This refers to the second generation of cellular networks which were digital networks and thus more secure and of higher voice quality.
2.5G - This is the name given to an enhancement to a 2G network to allow packet data services in addition to voice calls.
3G - This refers to the third generation of mobile phone communications developed globally for new cellular networks offering much greater data throughput and efficiencies than standard 2G networks. Third generation or 3G mobile licenses were awarded to Network Operators in April 2000 although we have still to see them widely used. 3G phones feature new services such as high speed Internet access, video / audio streaming and downloads and video calling. Only certain phones are currently available with 3G services.
3 Way Calling - This allows you to have a conversation between 3 parties at the same time but is network and subscription dependent.
Accessories - a wide variety of additional pieces of equipment to enhance the productivity of your mobile phone. They include batteries, rapid, travel or desktop battery chargers, headset kits, hands free kits, car kits, cases and belt clips
Airtime - The amount of time you spend using a mobile phone between the time you successfully make a call and the time that you terminate that call. This time is tracked by your phone service provider to determine your billing costs and it may also include SMS, MMS, email and WAP browsing.
Airtime provider - The company that sells you services provided by a Wireless operator such as O2, Orange, T-Mobile & Vodafone.
All inclusive - You pay for a fixed period of monthly service charges up front which gets you a discount on your handset and call charges. There are generally a certain number of minutes on the phone per month are included in the price
AMPS - The Advanced Mobile Phone Service is the analog wireless transmission standard deployed in the 1980s in the United States and Canada which operated at 800 MHz.
Analogue - Analogue is the old technology that was used for mobile phones prior to 2G digital phones. These networks are no longer in use for mobile phones. In the context of wireless communications, analog refers to transmission networks built in the 1980s and that use analog technology rather than digital.
Antenna - A device for sending and receiving radio signals. Most of the latest phones now have built-in antennas to send and receive signals. Phones that also have FM radios use the headset as an antenna to improve reception.
Attachable Camera - Older camera phones have a camera that is a separate piece of equipment that can be clipped onto your phone. Once it is attached to your phone you can take photos although all new camera phones have built in cameras for convenience.
Authentication - A fraud prevention technology used that takes a number of values to create a shared, secret value used to validate a user's authenticity to prevent unauthorized use.
Back up - To create a copy of something that is stored in a safe place.
Band - Frequency or contiguous range of frequencies
Bandwidth - The width or capacity of a communications channel. Analogue bandwidth is measured in Hertz (Hz). Digital bandwidth is the amount or volume of data that may be sent through a channel, measured in bits per second, without distortion. Bandwidth should not be confused with the term band, such as a wireless phone that operates on the 800 MHz band. Bandwidth is the space it occupies on that band. The relative importance of bandwidth in wireless communications is that the size, or bandwidth, of a channel will impact transmission speed. Lots of data flowing through a narrow channel takes longer than the same amount of data flowing through a broader channel.
Battery - The power source for a mobile phone. Rechargeable batteries such as nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium ion are used in mobile phones.
BlackBerry – Push based technology that automatically delivers email and other data to your BlackBerry device. And with the integrated phone, SMS, browser and organiser applications, you can easily manage all your information and communications from a single, integrated device. Many other manufacturers are also including this technology in their handsets.
Bluetooth - A specification for high-speed wireless communication between devices such as mobile phones, PDA's and laptops. The specification is now maintained and developed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and was named after a Danish King, Harald.
BPS - Bits per second, the speed at which data can be transferred
Built-in Camera – Camera phones now have a camera as an integral part of the phone as opposed to the ealier attachable cameras.
Byte - a byte is a single character that is made up of 8 bits
Call Barring - Allows you to set your phone to prohibit certain incoming or outgoing phone calls.
Caller Display - System found on digital mobile phones whereby the number of an incoming caller is displayed on-screen before the phone is answered. The service is also available on fixed phones, but requires a special phone or add-on display unit.
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