Cell Phones

cell phone

Also, cellphone [sel-fohn] .
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cell phone
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cell phone (cellular telephone)

A portable telephone that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. This technology works by dividing the Earth into small regions called cells. Within each cell the wireless telephone signal goes over its assigned bandwidth to a cell tower, which relays the signal to a telephone switching network, connecting the user to the desired party.

Note: The proximity to a cell tower is often the key to good reception when using a cell phone.
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cell phone
cellular telephone
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