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Mobile Phone Terminology

Understanding mobile phone jargon can be confusing since there is so much out there to discover. From mobile networks to network operating systems, it can all get quite confusing! But you needn’t worry - we are here to break down certain terminology that you may be briefly familiar with when it comes to the mobile phone world.

Last updated: 29th May 2020 at 11:23am

Some key jargon includes: 

3G - The ‘third generation’ referred to as 3G is a network that provides internet functionality on any mobile device.

4G - The ‘fourth generation’, referred to as 4G is currently the standard network in mobile phone technology. 

5G - The ‘fifth generation’ referred to as 5G is the most recent network internet provider and can perform high speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second. 

GPS - GPS stands for ‘Global Positioning System.’ This is the navigation system technology that is used behind Google Maps, Apple Maps and many other location-based apps that you use on your mobile phone.

Dual Lense - A dual lense camera uses two lenses as opposed to just one so you can take better quality pictures.

Bluetooth - This is a technology that provides a local wireless connection. So, when turned on it simply allows mobile users to exchange data over short distances. You can also connect any music devices / laptops to your phone using Bluetooth if applicable. 

Android- This is an operating system provided by Google that is built into all Samsung, Sony, HTC and Google devices. 

iOS - This is an operating system provided by Apple that is built into all Apple devices including the iPhone and iPad. Mobile phones will either operate on iOS or Android dependent on the brand.

PAYG - This is the abbreviation for ‘Pay As You Go’ which is an option for those who have a mobile phone and are looking for a SIM-only service where they can pay monthly or cost per call/text. Did we forget to mention that we offer amazing PAYG 30-day bundles or SIMs with incredible data and no strings attached? Order your free SIM today!

HDR - This is a feature that appears on your camera and stands for ‘High Dynamic Range.’ When HDR is enabled it will take a series of photos that all combine the best parts from the photos taken to produce a better-quality photo. 

Mbps - Mbps stands for ‘megabytes per second’ and is a measurement of the speed of your internet connection.

Pixel/Megapixel - The more megapixels your phone camera has, the better quality your photos will be. 

MicroSD Card - A microSD card is a small storage device that you insert into your phone to boost storage capacity. This can only be used for Android phones; Apple’s storage is only internal.

With the use of this glossary, you are now up to date with all major terminology involving the mobile phone industry!

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