Cell Phone Technology

Today's cell phone technology is advancing at a rapid pace while prices are getting lower. We'll explore everything from the advanced -- the iPhone or the future of the Google phone -- to cell phone viruses and ring tones.

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Today's phones have handy features that allow users to monitor the location of the device if it ever gets lost or stolen. Here's how to track both iOS and Android devices.

By Talon Homer

Pre-paid cell phones, aka burner phones, are a common way for people to make calls and text anonymously, but can burners really escape detection?

By Talon Homer

The ability to unlock your iPhone means that you can use it with different carriers. To unlock your iPhone, use these steps.

By Jeremy Glass

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You can replace your iPhone easily but what about its contents? That's why it's good to back them up. Here's how.

By Chris Pollette

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, have you thought of what you'll do with your old one? We've got five ways to donate your old smartphone or cell phone to charity.

By Nathan Chandler

Do you still believe that the smartphone with the most pixels takes the best pictures? That charging a battery overnight ruins it? If so, you're not alone. We'll explain why these oft-believed myths are just outdated.

By Nathan Chandler

You'd be surprised at some of the new tricks your old cellphones and smartphones can do.

By Dave Roos

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Weird things can affect your call's signal strength — like that city bus that just blocked your path, or the fact that it's raining outside.

By Nathan Chandler

Smartphones stop talking to satellites and cell phone networks when put in airplane mode. Does that make a difference when loading up the battery?

By Patrick J. Kiger

We worry about the wrong things when it comes to prolonging the battery life of our gadgets. Here's what really matters.

By Dave Roos

What does your choice of smartphone say about who you are and how others perceive you?

By Christopher Hassiotis

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A snippet of melody played on an obscure musical instrument has become a ubiquitous part of the modern world's background noise. Who wrote it? Where'd it come from?

By Patrick J. Kiger

It's drive time. You open up your Google Maps app to see where the traffic bottlenecks are. But where does the app get its information? Here's a hint: It might come from you.

By Beth Brindle

An ever-expanding network of cell towers means you can call a friend from some of the world's most remote spots. But can you do it from the bottom of the ocean?

By Beth Brindle

You just sent someone a text message on your iPhone, and now you're waiting for him to text back. You know he's typing something because you see those three little bubbles. But how does your phone know that?

By Beth Brindle

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You may have been awakened in the night by loud blaring noise and an alert text on your phone. Who sends these alerts, and why are you getting them?

By Bernadette Johnson

A cell-phone tower is typically a steel pole or lattice structure that rises hundreds of feet into the air. Take a look at these pictures to learn more how cell phone towers work.

You've bought a new cell phone and are wondering how to transfer all your contacts from the old phone to the new one. Find out here how to transfer data from one cell phone to another.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

You want to import pictures from a cell phone to a laptop, but you're not sure how to do it. We'll show you how to do it step by step.

By Nathan Chandler

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Cloning your phone can be a convenient way to transfer data between an old and new device. However, the practice has a sinister side as well. Read on to explore how to clone a phone and whether it's such a great idea.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Cell phones are electronic devices with small sensitive components. Learn if extreme weather can damage your cell phone in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

"Can someone track my phone?" is the question everyone wants to know but nobody wants to ask. And sadly, the answer is yes: smartphones and social networking can make us vulnerable to surveillance. Find out how to protect your mobile phone (and yourself) right now!

By Stephanie Crawford & Talon Homer

Cell phones are more than just a communication convenience. They're also a fashion statement packed with technology. See the latest cell phones and how they're used in this cell phone image gallery.

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Do you like to talk on the phone in your underwear? Well, you'll need to quit that habit if you buy a video conferencing cell phone. The person on the other end can see you.

By Jane McGrath

Prepaid cell phones are a great alternative for people who are tired of contracts. Learn more about prepaid cell phones in this article.

By Diane Dannenfeldt & Zach Taras