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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Cell phone theft accounts for nearly half of all U.S. robberies. That's why some big city mayors are calling for mandatory kill switches on phones to make them inoperable if stolen. But mobile carriers are fighting the requirement. Why?

By Laurie L. Dove

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

Thefts of hand-held devices are on the rise, and iPhones are very popular with thieves. Apple's working on a solution -- a new use of the phone's accelerometer that can actually tell if it's in the hand of a bandit.

By Maria Trimarchi

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Unlike conventional gadgetry, fuel-cell-powered devices run on a liquid fuel that you pour into a tank. Would people really be willing to adopt the technology, and isn't there a risk of spilling fuel?

By Jonathan Strickland

Android and iOS devices seem to rule the smartphone market, but Nokia is hoping to change that with the Lumia 900 -- running the Windows Phone operating system. Does this high-end member of the Lumia family stand a chance?

By Wesley Fenlon

Samsung has been tight-lipped about the release date of the follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S II, but plenty of speculative information is swirling in the tech world. What can you expect from the latest in the Galaxy S lineup?

By Wesley Fenlon

When we think about environmentally friendly cell phones, typically the first things that come to mind are their energy efficiency, the elimination of toxins in their manufacturing, their recyclability, or even what green apps we use. Learn more about how much radiation does your cell phone emit.

By Jaymi Heimbuch

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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.

2G cell phone networks use three different types of technologies: FDMA, TDMA and CDMA. Learn what CDMA phones are in this article.

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Tethering is only one of the iPhones's many applications. Learn what iPhone tethering is in this article.

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Do you know how to print directly from your Blackberry? Learn how to print directly from your Blackberry in this article.

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Would you like to know how to print directly from your iPhone? Learn how to print directly from your iPhone in this article.

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You would like to replace the SIM card on your Galaxy and don't know how to do it. In this article we will tell you how to replace a Samsung Galaxy 5 SIM card.

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You just bought a new cell phone and you'd like to learn how to get ringtones on your phone. This article will tell you how to get ringtones on your phone.

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If you know how to sync your phone with your computer you'll be able to stay connected with your important files no matter where you are. This article shows you how to sync your phone to your computer.

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Mobilize your laptop by learning how to tether your cell phone. Learn about how to tether a cell phone in this article.

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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.

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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

You're purchasing a new mobile phone and have to decide between a smart phone and a cell phone. This article will tell you how to decide between a smart phone and cell phone.

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You have an Android enabled phone and you want to unlock it to enable you to switch SIM cards when traveling abroad. This article will teach you how to unlock an Android cell phone.

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Analog cell phones are considered first generation and digital technology, 2G, changed cell phone service. Learn how digital technology changed cell phone service in this article.

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BlackBerry Messenger uses PIN codes to identify users. Learn how to find your BlackBerry Messenger PIN in this article.

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Sometimes people can listen in to your phone transmission and tap into your phone ID. Learn how cell phones are cloned in this article.

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

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Either unlock the BlackBerry yourself (directions included) or pay someone else to do it. Learn how to unlock a BlackBerry from this article.

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