One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A phone with access to a cellular radio system so it can be used over a wide area, without a physical connection to a network; a mobile phone.
telephone, mobile phone, mobile, car phone, radio-telephone, cordless phone, videophone, extensionView synonyms
- ‘To be viable, cellphones and future wireless Internet access devices will need to be mass-produced.’
- ‘They are the perfect bugging tool for spies: cellphones that answer calls silently.’
- ‘They were obviously in no position to answer their cellphones which kept ringing with distracting regularity.’
- ‘Some of these systems are still being installed in aircraft, so the CAA cannot risk lifting the ban on the use of cellphones in flight.’
- ‘The data is relayed via the user's cellphone to a computer, which displays their position on a map.’
- ‘When Sapa tried to reach him for comment on the matter, his cellphone was on voicemail.’
- ‘In February came claims that an unpublished study had found that cellphones cause memory loss.’
- ‘The problem may be particularly serious in Britain, but we should remember that thieves steal cellphones everywhere.’
- ‘The United States Telecom Association has filed a suit to prevent people taking their landline numbers to cellphones.’
- ‘He said his son voluntarily took out his cellphone from his bag after pupils with cellphones were asked to hand them over.’
- ‘With new jamming technology, cellphones can be completely blocked in a bid to keep the outside world at bay.’
- ‘It seems cellphones have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives.’
- ‘It can send a text message to a cellphone or another of the new phones, using BT's Cellnet cellular network.’
- ‘Hands-free earpieces for cellphones do not necessarily cut the brain's exposure to microwaves’
- ‘All cellphones made in the US now have to include some form of locator technology so that they can be tracked by emergency services.’
- ‘So why should payphone cards and prepay cellphones be any different?’
- ‘They are completely lost, with no water, no maps and certainly no cellphones or GPS handsets.’
- ‘Mobile phone users should ensure that the volume of the cellphone is at a low level.’
- ‘Digital cellphones are similar to radar, using pulses carried by microwaves.’
- ‘Uncertainty over radiation from cellphones has been compounded by the lack of a standard test.’
1980s: shortening of cellular phone.
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