Important Terms Relating to Wireless Phone Services
The following are some important terms relating to wireless phone services:
Airtime: Airtime is how long you actually talk on your phone. Airtime includes calls you make and calls you receive.
Bluetooth: Bluetooth is a wireless feature that is trademarked. Bluetooth equipment can communicate and work with each other in a wireless way. For example, you can set up your cellphone with your wireless headset via a Bluetooth link.
Locked: Locked cellphones can only be used on a particular service network. In other words, a locked phone will only read SIM cards from a particular wireless company. Typically, this security feature only applies to phones that were obtained from a company in connection with a service contract or a discount offer. Phones purchased at full price and without a contract are usually unlocked.
MicroSD: A microSD card is a tiny removable storage device that can be inserted in cellphones that have a microSD drive. These devices can be used to store media such as music files and photos.
MMS: MMS, or multimedia messaging service, is usually standard for many wireless service providers. This network feature allows users to transfer larger files, such as photos and videos, rather than just text messages.
Standby Time: This is how long a fully charged cellphone can last – without being used – before a battery recharge is needed.
Talk Time: This is how long a fully charged cellphone can last – while being constantly used for calls – before a battery recharge is needed.
SIM Card: SIM cards are cellphone memory chips. These devices hold phone numbers, photos, and other data for your phone. SIM cards can be transferred to many other cellphones, but some phones are not compatible with certain SIM cards. Some phones do not use SIM cards at all.