If I asked you about your phone, would you call it a mobile phone or a cell phone ? Does it really matter what you say or is one term more appropriate than the other ?
The global cell phone, as it describes phone technology, was used by engineers Douglas H. Ring and W. Rae Young at Bell Labs. They diagrammed a network of wireless towers into what they called a cellular design. Cellular was the term chosen because each tower and its coverage map looked like a biological cell.
Finally, the phones that operated on this type of wireless network were called cell phones. The term cell phone predates its cellular counterpart. The first mobile phone call was made in 1946 through the Bell System mobile phone service, a closed radiotelephone system. And the first commercial mobile phones were installed in the 1970s.
Eventually, the two names, mobile phone and cell phone, became synonymous. onsiders that the term «cell phone» is incorrect because the phone is not a cell phone, the network is. The phone is a mobile phone and it operates on a mobile network.
The term mobile phone is widely used to describe a phone that is not connected by any wire. It also covers satellite phones, phones with Wi-Fi and cell phones. The latter is still widely used in many parts of the world, especially in the US. A cell phone is therefore a mobile phone that operates using radio cells, which is a radio coverage area.
Generally, cell phones can be used while moving from one cell to another without losing coverage or losing the connection. The term also covers all cell-based technologies associated with 2G, 3G, 4G AMPS, along with PCS. Satellite phones are not cell phones, although they are mobile phones.
On a mobile phone, you can talk to other people or send a text message to someone, which is sent using a system called SMS (Short Message Service). Most mobile phones have a camera, which allows you to take pictures or make a video, and some have an MP3 player for listening to music.
Third generation mobile phones, often called smart phones, allow you to access the Internet via WAP (Wireless Action Protocol) and send and receive emails. You can use a pay-as-you-go mobile phone, which means you pay money up front for credit. When you have used up all your credit, you must recharge your phone (= pay more money) to continue using it.
Alternatively, many people choose to have a contract in place. A contract usually lasts a year or eighteen months and allows you to use your phone for a certain number of minutes each month. For this service, you pay a monthly fee (= fixed amount each month) and are usually offered an upgrade (= a newer or better phone) when you renew your contract.
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