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    • How Do Cell Phones Work?

      How Do Cell Phones Work?

      As technology has improved over the past few decades, cell phones have only gotten better and better.Though most people do not stop to consider the idea, it is still an amazing feat even today that what was once only an idea presented in movies and novels, has now become our number one modern-day communication device.

    • DTMF (Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency)

      DTMF (Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency)

      DTMF tones, or Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency signaling, are audible tones that are used by touch-tone telephones to identify which number key was pushed by the operator. DTMF tones have been used since 1963 and are used by all standard touch-tone telephones in the United States as well as in many other countries around the world. DTMF

    • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS is an abbreviation for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. It is one of the third-generation (3g) cell phone technologies quickly developing today. UTMS is also referred to as the 3GSM so as to emphasize the coalition between 3G technology and GSM standard. In theory, the UTMS, using W-CDMA, is supposed to be able to transfer

    • Red Box

      Red Box

      When a coin is inserted into a payphone, the payphone emits a set of tones to ACTS (Automated Coin Toll System). Red boxes work by fooling ACTS into believing you have actually put money into the phone. The red box simply plays the ACTS tones into the telephone microphone. ACTS hears those tones, and allows

    • MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      The Mobile Telephone Switching Office, or MTSO, is a system that automatically keeps track of a cell phone user’s relative signal by monitoring readings from cell phone towers near the user. MTSO systems also automatically switch a cell phone’s service from one cell phone tower to another depending on which tower will provide the user

    • How to Dial International Phone Numbers

      How to Dial International Phone Numbers

      With the expansion of Voice over IP and cellular phone technologies over the past decade, it has never been more cheaper to call international phone numbers. A common barrier for consumers trying to call friends, family, or business contacts that live abroad is determining how to dial international phone numbers from your country. International Dialing 

    • Milliwatt Test Line

      Milliwatt Test Line

      A “Milliwatt (102 Type) Test Line” is a signal generated from an Access Service Provider end office to the customer’s location for the purposes of transmission measurement, that is, testing the line quality and loss of transmission. The generated signal is a 1004 Hz tone at 0 dBm, which is the equivalent of 1 milliwatt

    • How to Add Ring Tones to my BlackBerry

      How to Add Ring Tones to my BlackBerry

      Owning a Blackberry enables its owners to do much more than they could ever accomplish with a basic cell phone. However, one of the most popular features that have carried over from basic cell phone to the BlackBerry is the ability to add ring tones. In earlier models adding ring tones to your Blackberry was

    • How Do I Setup MMS on My Mobile?

      How Do I Setup MMS on My Mobile?

      MMS, Multimedia Messaging Service, is a widely used communication channel over mobile phones to send and receive multimedia like images, ringtones, and videos. Most modern mobiles phones are MMS enabled. To use MMS service on your mobile phone, you need to do 2 things: Activate the MMS Service from your Service Provider. Upon activation by

    • Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring are telephony slang for the two wires which make up the electrical circuit used for telephone wiring. Tip is the nickname for the electrically positive wire and Ring is the nickname for the electrically negative wire. Tip is the ground side, which is positively charged, and Ring is the battery side, which

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