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Cell Phone Glossary

Not sure you speak the language of cell phones and smartphones? Here are definitions of all the acronyms, jargon, and technical terms you need to know.

What is NFC?
NFC, or Near Field Communication, is becoming a standard feature on mobile phones. But aside from sending pictures between phones, what else is the technology useful for?

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What is SMS vs. MMS vs. T9 vs. QWERTY?
SMS, MMS, T9 and QWERTY are all acronyms for different elements of cell phone messaging. This article will help you understand the differences.

What is 1G vs. 2G vs. 2.5G vs. 3G vs. 4G?
Though the jargon 1G, 2G, 2.5 and 4G might not have ever popped into your head, 3G very likely has given todays emphasis on high-speed data usage from your mobile phone. This article will help you understand the differences between the various networks.

What is GSM vs. EDGE vs. CDMA vs. TDMA?
This article will help you understand the differences between the underlying GSM, EDGE, CDMA and TDMA cell phone standards.

T9: Definition of T9 Predictive Text

Wi-Fi: Definition of Wi-Fi

ETF: Definition of Early Termination Fee

MVNO: Definition of MVNO

MNO: Definition of MNO

QWERTY: Definition of QWERTY

EDGE: Definition of EDGE

SAR: Definition of SAR

GSM: Definition of GSM

CDMA: Definition of CDMA

TDMA: Definition of TDMA

1G: Definition of 1G

2G: Definition of 2G

2.5G: Definition of 2.5G

3G: Definition of 3G

Bluetooth: Definition of Bluetooth Technology

MMS: Definition of MMS Picture Messaging

SMS: Definition of SMS Messaging, Text Messaging

Cell Phone Glossary at Mobiledia.com
For information from an external resource, this is Mobiledia's cell phone glossary.

Comprehensive Cell Phone Glossary at PhoneScoop.com
PhoneScoop.com offers a comprehensive cell phone glossary.

Large Cell Phone Glossary at WCS Cellphones Online
WCS Cellphones Online offers a thorough cell phone glossary.

Alphabetical Cell Phone Glossary at Cell Phone Digest
Cell Phone Digest offers an alphabetical glossary of various cell phone terms.

Quality Cell Phone Glossary at WirelessAdvisor.com
WirelessAdvisor.com offers a quality glossary that spans a wide array of wireless terms.

What Is Bluetooth?
What is Bluetooth? Bluetooth is a short-range wireless networking technology that is used to link (or pair) two devices, such as cellphones and headsets. Bluetooth is sometimes called a cable-replacement technology.

What is a Stylus?
A stylus is a writing instrumnet used to enter information or write on the touch screen of a phone.

What is 3G Service?
You hear people talk about high-speed, 3G service for your cell phone, but what does it actually mean? Here's a definition.

What is HSDPA?
You hear people talk about high-speed, 3G networks for your cell phone, but what are they? Here's a definition of HSDPA, one type of 3G networks.

What is the EDGE Network?
Different cell phones use different networks to access voice and data services, but how do you know which is which? Here's an explanation of the EDGE data network.

What is EV-DO?
You hear people talk about high-speed, 3G service for your cell phone, but what does it actually mean? Here's a definition of EV-DO service.

What is Google Android?
Phones based on Google Android are about to hit the market. But what is Android, anyway?

What Is a Smartphone?
A smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls, but also adds features that you might find on a personal digital assistant or a computer--such as the ability to send and receive e-mail and edit Office documents, for example.

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that's available on many cellphones. Using it can provide you with a better Internet experience, and it has the potential to save you money.

Palm’s Mobile Device Terminology
A glossary of mobile device terminology from Palm, the company behind some of the most popular cellphones on the market.

SearchMobileComputing.com’s Definitions of Acronyms and Terms
This site, operated by TechTarget, offers a comprehensive glossary of terminology related to mobile computing, including cellphones.

Cell Phone Glossary from Phone Arena
PhoneArena.com, a provider of cell phone news and reviews, offers a comprehensive glossary of smartphone terms.

Wireless Glossary from GeckoBeach.com
Definitions of many common cellular technology terms from Gecko Beach, an online resource providing information about mobile phones.

Cell Phones Talk: Phone Glossary
This news and reviews site provides a glossary of numerous terms related to cellphones.

What is 4G Wireless?
4G wireless has gotten plenty of hype recently, but what exactly is 4G wireless?

What is an LCD?
An LCD, or Liquid Crystal Display, is a type of screen that is used in many computers, TVs, and cell phones.

What is TFT-LCD?
TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor, and is a type of technology used to improve the image quality of an LCD.

What Is an IPS-LCD?
IPS stands for in-plane switching. An IPS- LCD is a type of thin display that offers better viewing angles than TFT-LCDs.

iPhone 4's Retina Display: What Is It?
Apple calls the display on the iPhone a "Retina Display," saying it offers more pixels than the human eye can see -- a claim that has been disputed by some experts.

What Is a Hard Reset on Your BlackBerry?
The definition of a hard reset on a BlackBerry.

OLED: Definition of an OLED Display
OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, displays are able to deliver sharper and brighter images than LCDs, while also using less power.

AMOLED Display: A Definition
AMOLED is the abbreviation for Active-Matrix OLED, a type of display that is found in TVs and mobile devices, like cell phones.

Super AMOLED Display: A Definition
Super AMOLED displays, which are found in Samsung smartphones, are designed to improve on the performance of traditional AMOLED displays.

Touch Screen: A Definition
A touchscreen is a visual display that acts as an input device, by responding to the touch of a user's fingers, hand, or an input device such as a stylus.

Capacitive Touch Screen: A Definition
Capacitive touchscreens are those that respond to the electrical properties of the human body. This means that they can be controlled by a light touch.

Resistive Touch Screen: A Definition
A resistive touchscreen is composed of multiple layers, which are separated by thin spaces. A resistive touchscreen responds when pressure is applied to its surface, causing the layers to touch.

Multi Touch: A Definition of This Touch Screen Technology
Multi-touch technology allows a touchscreen to sense input from two -- or more -- points of contact at the same time.

What Is a Soft Reset? (BlackBerry)
The definition of a soft reset on a BlackBerry.

What Is an Android Phone - A Definition of Android Phone
What Is an Android Phone - A Definition of Android Phone

SMS Spam
The definition of SMS Spam.

QR Code - What is a QR Code - QR Code Definition
QR Code - What is a QR Code - QR Code Definition

HSPA+: A Definition
HSPA+ is an enhanced version of high-speed 3G wireless networks.

LTE: A Definition of LTE 4G Technology
LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution, is the name for a technology standard used for 4G wireless networks.

WiMax: A Defintion of WiMax 4G Technology
WiMax is a wireless broadband technology that delivers WiFi-like speeds to wide areas. Sprint's 4G wireless data network is based on WiMax technology.

BlackBerry PIN: What Is It?
This is the definition of a BlackBerry PIN. This defines the purpose and use of BlackBerry PINs.

IMEI (BlackBerry)
This article defines IMEI numbers and shows BlackBerry users how to find their device's IMEI number.

What is an Email Thread?
What is an email thread, and why does a threaded email view help you?

Cell Phone Glossary at Mobiledia.com
For information from an external resource, this is Mobiledia's cell phone glossary.

Comprehensive Cell Phone Glossary at PhoneScoop.com
PhoneScoop.com offers a comprehensive cell phone glossary.

Large Cell Phone Glossary at WCS Cellphones Online
WCS Cellphones Online offers a thorough cell phone glossary.

Alphabetical Cell Phone Glossary at Cell Phone Digest
Cell Phone Digest offers an alphabetical glossary of various cell phone terms.

Quality Cell Phone Glossary at WirelessAdvisor.com
WirelessAdvisor.com offers a quality glossary that spans a wide array of wireless terms.

Palm’s Mobile Device Terminology
A glossary of mobile device terminology from Palm, the company behind some of the most popular cellphones on the market.

SearchMobileComputing.com’s Definitions of Acronyms and Terms
This site, operated by TechTarget, offers a comprehensive glossary of terminology related to mobile computing, including cellphones.

Cell Phone Glossary from Phone Arena
PhoneArena.com, a provider of cell phone news and reviews, offers a comprehensive glossary of smartphone terms.

Wireless Glossary from GeckoBeach.com
Definitions of many common cellular technology terms from Gecko Beach, an online resource providing information about mobile phones.

Cell Phones Talk: Phone Glossary
This news and reviews site provides a glossary of numerous terms related to cellphones.

What is USB OTG?
Anything which makes your phone more useful and more compatible with other devices is good, but what is USB OTG, and why do you want it on your phone?

What Is an Android Phone - A Definition of Android Phone
What Is an Android Phone - A Definition of Android Phone

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