Total Access Communications System. Original analogue
standard used in the UK. See ETACS.
The number of minutes of continuous speech that a freshly
charged battery will allow you to make on a cellphone.
Time Division Multiple Access. Type of processing system
used by digital mobile phones that allows several handsets
in the same area to use the same frequency. Each conversation
is allocated its own time slot – so that you only
hear the conversation for the fraction of each second.
However, as the interval between each burst of signal
is small, these gaps are imperceptible to the two people
having the conversation. Both GSM and DECT use TDMA
to ensure efficient use of allotted frequencies.
The transportable cellular phone is a standard mobile
phone that can be removed from the vehicle and used
by itself with an attached battery pack. The entire
unit is generally mounted or built into a custom carrying
case to make it easy to carry. Although technically
"portable," the transportable should not be
confused with smaller, one-piece cellular phones.
Small charger that connects direct to a socket in the
phone. Unlike with a desktop charger, there is no cradle
to support the handset.
Triple-band phones are capable of operating on three
GSM frequency bands – the GSM 900 and GSM 1800
frequencies used in over 100 countries worldwide plus
the GSM 1900 frequency band that’s increasingly
being adopted in America.
A charger which takes eight or more hours to replenish
the battery. Better for longevity of battery, but less
convenient than fast chargers.
Predictive text inputting system designed (by Tegic)
to make text message writing easier. Instead of having
to select letters individually by pressing each key
numerous times, mobiles with T9 software ‘guess’
what you’re writing as you go along, reducing
the number of key presses required.