Tech Speak For The Technophobe

Let’s face it. Some of us are more techno-morons than there are techno-savvy experts who are always attuned to the latest developments of the mobile industry. So if your being a smartphone caveperson is beginning to bother you, here are some mobile phone jargons which you need to learn about just to make it seem like you aren’t that clueless about smartphones.

1G

This term refers to the first generation mobile phones or, simply put, the first mobile phones ever to be generated. While they are no longer being produced, 1G phones are the main building blocks for the more advanced phones that we have now.

2G

Also known as second generation mobile phones, this technology brings more capabilities to mobile phones including fax, data and short message sending (SMS), more affectionately known by the younger members of society as text. The only drawback with 2G phones is that it has limited data communications which means that you cannot really access the Internet with the help of a 2G phone.

2.5G

Aptly termed as the “second-and-a-half generation”, this is the bunch of phones which succeeded the 2G variety and features more enhanced data communication services and now allows for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). In technophobe speak, that only means that 2.5G phones now allow its users to send pictures, music and other similar files. On top of that, these phones also feature Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) which enables users to access their email and even browse the Internet. While this technology isn’t at par with the wireless LAN technology yet, it’s certainly getting close.

3G

This technology is what most smartphones being sold nowadays are fitted with. Mobile and smartphones with this technology are able to show full motion videos, grant access to high-speed Internet and support higher data rates.

4G

Remember this term because this will be how people will be describing the smartphones of tomorrow. Fourth generation smartphones are able to browse the Internet at very huge speeds, even up to 300 Mbps.

Airtime

This is the number of minutes which you’ve spent on a call or the number of minutes which you are allowed in talk time by your carrier.

Bluetooth

This technology allows mobile gadgets to communicate with each other within short distances, and allow for connections and data exchange.

Roaming

Also known as International Roaming, this term means you can use your mobile phone using a different network while you are in a different country. Your service provider will set the number of and specific countries which you can roam in.

Peter Harrington is a blogger who writes about a variety of topics from insurance to technology and gadgets. He has previously written for brands such as Protect Your Bubble, a cell phone insurance brand that offers affordable protection for all smartphone and gadget owners.

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