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Settlement clock
The billing cycle is the duration of the smallest telephone unit in seconds, after which the billing of mobile calls takes place. The shorter the billing cycle, the more accurately the mobile call is billed. For long cycles such as the 30- or 60-second rhythm, one usually pays …

Battery charge control
The electronic battery charge control regulates the charging of the battery. It prevents the battery from being damaged by too frequent charging.

The accumulator is the rechargeable battery for the cell phone, which can vary in charging time and size depending on the provider. Currently there are three different battery types on the market: nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries. Nickel-metal hydride systems have a much higher energy efficiency than the tried-and-tested Ni…

Alphanumeric is the term for the transmission of letters and numbers via the mobile network.

Call waiting
Call waiting is a so-called call management function. It depends on the mobile network. Contract can be activated. During a call, the user is informed by a beep or vibration that another person is trying to reach the user.

Base station
To transmit radio signals, the cell phone makes contact with the base station via an antenna. The base station is usually connected by wire to the other telephone networks.

Operator guidance
User guidance (menu guidance) is an electronic instruction manual that guides the user step by step to the desired functions and can be read on the display of the corresponding device.

Standby time
The standby time is the maximum time the cell phone can be on (on reception) until it needs to be recharged.

Bit error rate
The bit error rate indicates the bits (data) that are inevitably lost during radio transmission. Interference can be technically corrected as long as the bit error rate does not exceed a critical limit.

Bluetooth is an industry standard for wireless (radio) networking of devices over short distances (10m) in the frequency range of 2.4 GHz. Data transmission makes trouble-free communication between cell phones and

Booster literally means 'helper'; it boosts the transmission and reception power of the cell phone. Cell phone contracts with high basic fee. Low call cost is often referred to as a business rate. The business tariff is mostly suitable for people who make a lot of calls, mainly during the day.

Callback is a way to save telephone costs. A central computer is usually called via a toll-free telephone number (usually abroad). The computer then calls back immediately. Provides a less expensive trunk line. So you can use the cheaper inte…

A carkit is a car installation kit consisting of a cradle, connection to the external antenna and a hands-free kit.

The push-to-talk technology (engl.: `press to talk†œ) makes it possible to use cell phones over hundreds of kilometers like walkie talkies and send voice messages to one or more people at once. Pressing the Push-to-Talk key immediately starts the call setup…

CLIP is the abbreviation for Calling Line Identification Presentation. CLIP shows the caller's number on the display. If this number is stored in the cell phone, the corresponding name of the caller and, in the case of newer devices, the caller's photo usually appears on the display. If required, the CLIP-Fu…

CLIR function (short for Calling Line Identification Restriction) suppresses the transmission of one's own phone number. Caller ID suppression can only be activated or deactivated for outgoing calls, emergency calls excluded.

Direct call
With direct call, numbers can be stored in the cell phone in such a way that the numbers can be dialed with usually only one keystroke. Direct call thus makes it easier to dial frequently used numbers.

The display is the electronic display field on the cell phone.

The dual-band cell phone is capable of transmitting and receiving on two frequencies. Mostly it is for the E-network (1800 MHz). The D network (900 MHz) can be used.

EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) enables higher data speeds in GSM mobile networks. EDGE is a further development of the GPRS data service, but is only considered an intermediate stage to the more powerful UMTS.

Log in
Logging in refers to the process of registering the cell phone. Mostly this is done by just switching on the cell phone and entering the pin number.

Itemized bill
The itemized bill is usually attached to the bill and leads to the billing control of all outgoing calls with duration, cost and number (z.T. The last three digits are deleted for data protection reasons) to. Such a proof is cost by the provider according to the telecommunication law…

EMS stands for Enhanced Message Service. EMS is the extension of the SMS service, but is additionally able to add pictures and sounds to text-based SMS with simple formatting (italic, underlined, bold). EMS, in contrast to SMS, is not limited to a single message …

Replacement card
If the SIM card is lost or damaged, a replacement card must be requested in order to make calls again.

The fixed network is the telephone network, which consists of immobile, permanently installed telephones. In contrast to the mobile network, you are tied to one place to make a phone call. However, the trend shows a convergence of mobile and fixed networks (cf. O2 Genion, or Dual Mode).

Generic term for the two German network operators D1 (T-Mobile) and D2 (Vodafone). It is based on digital technology. The E-Net exists since 1994. Based on digital technology like the D-network. It is used by E-Plus Mobilfunk and E2 o2.

i-mode is a mobile service for cell phones similar to the Internet. Launched in Japan in 1999, i-mode was introduced in Germany three years later by E-Plus. UMTS will further expand and improve this data service, as it will make data transmission even faster and more reliable…

Trunked radio
With trunked radio, one pays a fixed monthly amount at which one can make unlimited calls in a certain region.

The C-network is an older network based on analog technology.

Area coverage
Area coverage is the degree of network expansion and the associated accessibility, as well as voice quality in different regions.

Hands-free device
The name for a holder plus microphone in the car with the help of which one can use the cell phone for free speech.

The mobile phone networks in Germany transmit on different frequencies: C-network: 450 MHzD-network: 900 MHzE-network: 1800 MHzNorth American networks: 1900 MHz.

Radio coverage
A dead zone is an area where there is no cell phone reception.

Talk time
The talk time (usually in hours) indicates how long you can talk on a fully charged battery before it runs out.

GPRS (general packet radio service) is a method of transmitting larger amounts of data in the GSM network. The data are transmitted in packets as on the Internet. With GPRS a data transmission is achieved for the cell phone, which is comparable with ISDN (64.4 kbit, instead of 9.6 kbit).

Basic fee
The basic fee is a monthly fee, which is independent of the use of the mobile phone. The amount depends on the cellphone contract chosen. As a general rule, the higher the basic charge, the lower the call costs.

The Global System for Mobile Communication is an international mobile phone standard. It is mainly used in Europe, for example. In the USA and Canada, on the other hand, the analog system AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) prevails.

Credit card
see prepaid cards.

Hold is a function that allows to make further calls during a call. This puts inactive calls on hold.

Cell phone
Cell phone is the common abbreviation for cellular phone. However, the word is only used in Germany. With the introduction of UMTS as of 2002, the cell phones are called terminals because of the possibilities that go far beyond telephoning.

The headset is a combination of headphones and microphone, which meets the same requirements as a telephone handset. The advantage is the free movement of both hands, which is helpful when working on the computer or driving a car. Wireless headsets work via

A hot spot is a public wireless access point. With a notebook or PDA equipped with a wireless adapter (WLAN card) the user can connect to the Internet. Hot spots are mostly in hotels, restaurants, airports, train stations or public places …

Like GPRS, HSCSD (high speed circuit switched data) enables higher data transfer rates. In this case, voice channels are bundled in the GSM network.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the programming language of the Internet. HTML is a document format for marking up hypertext on the World Wide Web. For reading a special HTML browser is necessary.

The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15-digit serial number that can identify any mobile device, d.H. Thus all stolen devices can be tracked down via a central location. The IMEI number can be used to lock a phone to a network.


A free call option between the base part and the portable.

The Infrared Data Association (IrDA) or

is an association of 19 international companies. A satellite communication network, which was put into operation in the fall of 98, serves as the basis. You can be reached everywhere in the world under one phone number. Due to the high price of iridium devices and high call costs, the pro…

ISDN (abbreviation for Integrated Services Digital Network) is the name for a system of digital transmission technology. ISDN is an international standard for access to a digital telecommunications network, which is mainly used for the transmission of telephone calls… Java is an internet programming language. As such a registered trademark of the company Sun Microsystems. Programs written in Java are independent of the hardware platform, d.H. Operating systems. Microprocessor types compatible. A Java interpreter…

Children's cell phone
Designed for children especially from 6-12 years. It offers the possibility to store 6 phone numbers. By pressing a colored button (z.B. Yellow button for parents and red for the police) the dialing of the desired number takes place. Up to now, Austria AG offers this network in Central Europe…

Conference call
It offers the possibility that several mobile subscribers can communicate with each other at the same time. This service is offered by most new devices. The conference host must have the service activated once by the service provider.

Short messages
Inexpensive possibility to send messages of up to 160 alphanumeric characters.

Speed dial
Function of a telephone or cell phone to store important or frequently dialed numbers in speed dialing. To dial the number, it is then only necessary to press a speed dial key, not to dial the complete number or search the directory.

A laptop. 'On the lap') is a portable, foldable computer. For more details see notebook.

An LCD ( Liquid Crystal Display) is a screen that uses special liquid crystals that can influence the polarization direction of light. This is also where the German term "Flüssigkristallbildschirm" comes from. They are often used as a display in cell phones.

Cell phones of the D-network have a transmission power of 2 watts according to GSM power class 4. In practical use, this is sufficient, because usually with 1-1.5 watts is sent.

If the user is not 'present' on the network, if his device is switched off or if he is on the phone, the caller can, however, send him a message by means of a mailbox (electronic answering machine that can be queried for a fee). Incoming calls make sic…

During a phone call, another call can be accepted by toggling.

see PDA

Value-added services
Useful, usually paid additional services offered by the service provider.

Memory effect
It refers to the process of charging a nickel-cadmium battery before it is completely discharged. As a result, there is a loss of performance of the battery storage capacity. A modem (composed of modulator. Demodulator) is used to transmit digital data. The modulator converts digital data into signals suitable for analog lines, analog audio frequency signals. In the demodulator, these are in turn converted into digital data. The transmission of this…

MP3 describes a data compression method. Audio files are reduced to one thirtieth of their original size with little loss of quality.

Interconnection of several portables with the base station.

Auxiliary time
In contrast to the main time (weekdays mostly between 8 a.M. And 6 p.M.), the off-peak time (weekdays mostly between 6 p.M. And 8 a.M. + weekends including holidays) is cheaper.

Network operator conformity
Network operator-compliant means that the providers adopt the network operators' tariffs. However, a deviation can occur in service-. Additional services may be given.

A notebook or laptop (engl. 'On the lap') is a portable, foldable computer. It can be operated by mains or battery, which increases the degree of mobility. In this way, the user can make calls in public places that have a

Call and order attendant in the network operator's switchboard.

see PDA

A device with which one can receive acoustic and alphanumeric information.

This term circumscribes all paging services, such as z.B. Scall, Skyper, Cityruf, TelMi or Eurosignal. Feature: messages are only possible in one direction.

is the abbreviation for (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) and is an approximately credit card-sized modem, network and memory expansion card. It is used for the exchange of faxes. Data by cell phone.

The American mobile communications technology is called PCS (Personal Communication System). It corresponds to GSM technology, but uses the frequency of 1900 MHz.

Personal Digital Assistant. A device for digital management of appointments, To Do list and contacts. The processing power available today in these devices also allows, depending on the model, to play Mp3 music, edit texts and tables and save files. Also the mobile T…

A chip-sized phone card, inserted into a credit-card-sized adapter card, is thus integrated into the mobile device.

Prepaid cards
This is a rechargeable credit card with a prepaid amount that can be used by the user to make phone calls. As an advantage are the manageable costs. To consider the independence from a card contract. Disadvantages are the often higher G…

Professional mailbox
It is a more powerful, but also chargeable, modification of the normal mailbox. Additional functions, such as fax reception, message forwarding and a higher memory capacity are included.

The quadband feature describes the fact that a cell phone can be used in four network standards, e.G., one network standard and one network standard.B. D network (900 MHz), E network (1800 MHz), GSM-850 (850 MHz) and GSM-1900 (1900 MHz) can transmit and receive.

Roaming allows the cell phone user to make calls even abroad. German network operators have concluded roaming agreements with many foreign network operators. The cell phone user can be reached under his usual cell phone number even when abroad.

Phone number change
A change of number is a change of one's own mobile phone number for a service charge.

Call forwarding
Every modern cell phone supports call forwarding. One can program any telephone number into the cell phone, to which incoming calls are to be diverted.

Service provider
Service providers do not have their own mobile communications network. They buy phone minutes from the network operators and resell them.

SIM card
The SIM card (Subscriber Identification Module) is a chip that is inserted into the cell phone and makes mobile telephony possible in the first place. The chip contains customer data, PIN code and space for telephone numbers. You get the SIM card from the service provider or network operator. M…

SIM lock
With prepaid packages (credit cards + cell phone) the included cell phone is often Sim-locked. This means that the cell phone can only be used with the prepaid card supplied with the phone. Unlock (unlocking) is possible only after 2 years free of charge. Before that, network operators charge about 100 EUR for de…

A smartphone combines the features of a PDA with those of a cell phone. On the one hand, smartphones have the ability to log into a cellular network and make calls just like a cell phone. On the other hand, they are also able to act as a small computer Anwend…

SMS is a short message service (SMS). All modern cell phones can send and receive short messages in alphanumeric form. However, the length of the messages is limited to 160 characters.

Talk time
Talk time is the maximum phone time with a fully charged battery. The talk time varies between one and ten hours.

Standby time
Standby time indicates the maximum time a cell phone can be ready to receive and operate with a fully charged battery.

The tariffs indicate the charges per calling time. There are major differences between the individual. Network operators regarding the tariffs. In total there are over 200 tariffs. Eteleon's tariff calculator takes all tariffs into account.

Tariff option
Tariff options are certain additional benefits in the individual tariffs. Z.B. To a certain telephone number or a fixed area code.

Subscriber change
A participant change is the takeover of the still running contract by a second person.

Phone book entry
If you are a mobile phone subscriber, you can be entered in a phone book of the respective network in which other subscribers are listed and which can be queried.

The term triband means that cell phones can transmit and receive on three different frequency bands. In addition to the frequency ranges of a

Twinkarte means that you own two SIM cards for one mobile phone number.

UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) is a new broadband radio technology that has been introduced since mid-2004. The largest mobile phone providers have agreed on this worldwide standard. This means that the transmission speed of data will be 2 Mbit – making video confe…

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