3G refers to the third-generation of mobile phone networks that allow high-speed data access as well as voice communication.
4G stands for 'fourth generation' and refers to mobile networks with superfast data download speeds - up to 10x faster than current 3G networks.
An accelerometer is a sensor that measures the tilting motion and orientation of an object.
The term alphanumeric refers to a set of letters in the alphabet and numbers that are written in code so the information can be processed by a computer.
AMOLED is a type of screen technology. The acronym stands for Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode.
Android is the name of a smartphone operating system (OS) developed by Google and used in a variety of handsets.
Bandwidth is the width or capacity of a communications channel that determines your internet connection speed.
Bluetooth is a short-range networking protocol used to connect electronic devices wirelessly.
CDMA s a digital radio system that underpins a mobile phone network standard developed by Qualcomm.
A dual-band mobile phone operates across two separate radio frequencies.
Dual-mode refers to a handset that can send and receive voice and data using two different cellular radio standards.
EDGE is a faster version of the GSM mobile phone radio standard
EDR is a part of the Bluetooth wireless networking standard.
Flight Mode is a setting for mobile phones and other portable devices that switches off all wireless activity.
Measured in Megahertz (MHz), frequency refers to the number of times per second at which an electromagnetic wave oscillates.
GPRS stands for 'General Packet Radio Service' and was the first popular data standard for mobile phones.
GSM stands for 'Global System for Mobile Communication' and is the most popular 2G mobile phone standard in the world.
A handsfree device allow you to use a mobile phone without holding it.
Haptic feedback allows users to feel a response to their inputs e.g. a mild vibration when you touch a letter while texting.
Headsets are headphones combined with a microphone, providing the ability to talk handsfree.
HSDPA stands for 'High Speed Downlink Packet Access' and refers to a standard for downloading data quickly on a mobile phone.
HSUPA stands for for 'High Speed Uplink Packet Access'.
IMAP is one of the most popular email formats currently in use, it stands for stands for 'Internet Message Access Protocol'.
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity number, it is the unique ID number assigned to every modern mobile phone.
J2ME is a stripped-down version of the Java programming language, designed to work on mobile phones.
Java is a programming language.
KB (Kilobyte) is a measure of digital storage.
Kbps means kilobits per second. It is a unit and measure of speed of data transfer
Lithium Ion is a type of rechargeable battery used in mobile phones.
LBS is an information based service that uses a phone's GPS to, for example, help you find local restaurants.
A 'locked' mobile phone is one that has been restricted by software so that it can only be used with a single network or carrier. Some locked mobile phones can be unlocked and used on other networks.
mAh is a unit of electric charge used in measurements of electrochemical systems such as batteries.
MB stands for Mega Byte and is a measurement of electronic data.
Mbps is a measure of data transfer, it stands for Megabit per second.
MHz is the acronym for Megahertz. This measures the speed of microprocessors.
MicroSD is a type of removable flash memory card often used in mobile phones.
MIDP stands for Mobile Information Device Profile, which allows an individual to write downloadable applications and services for mobile devices.
Used for charging power, the MiniUSB is a hybrid electrical connector found on mobile phones.
A type of display, OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
OS stands for Operating System - software on a mobile phone that manages the way different programs use its hardware.
A prepay tariff is where a customer pays monthly and isn't tied into a contractual agreement with the network.
Roaming is when a mobile phone moves out of its network region and attaches to different networks in order to resume service.
A service charge is the amount of money a mobile phone user pays to receive wireless services.
Slamming is an illegal practice where a network provider charges a subscriber for something without first getting their consent.
A smartphone is a wireless device that runs an operating system so you can install apps and games just as you would with a PC
SMS is the process of sending a text message over a wireless network from one mobile device to another.
Symbian OS is an open source operating system designed for smartphones.
Triangulation is a way of using cell towers to locate a mobile phone without the need for GPS.
Voice activation is when you use your voice to command your mobile phone to make a call.
Voice recognition is when verbal commands can be used to make a mobile device carry out certain functions.
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol- a technology that allows phone calls to be made over networks, such as the internet.
Wi-Fi is a way of wirelessly connecting to the internet over a broadband connection
WLAN stands for Wireless Local Area Network and is when a mobile user connects to a local area network via a wireless connection.