Phones, Cell Phones & Wireless Telephony

Telecommunications devices, including cell phones, satellite radio or Voice over IP, connect us to one another and to the world of information at our fingertips. Learn all about the technologies we depend upon for efficient communication.

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It's becoming increasingly possible to convincingly simulate a person's voice and now, with ChatGPT, to simulate a convincing phone conversation.

By Matthew Wright & Christopher Schwartz

The list of usable phone numbers runs into the billions, but the number is not infinite. So, what happens if we run out?

By Kate Morgan

Since the advent of the cell phone, public pay phones have disappeared, but a new initiative to help the phoneless may just be bringing them back.

By Kate Morgan


If your iPhone's home screen is getting out of control with apps, hide some of them. It's easy and your phone will never look better.

By Talon Homer

Before you hit the road, download these six apps to make your journey even more successful.

By Alia Hoyt

It had a good run, but after a couple of decades, 3G service is ending as we embrace 5G. What does this mean for our phones, car navigation systems and home alarms?

By Talon Homer

You probably had no idea your favorite weather app is probably collecting and selling your data. In fact, it's very lucrative. So how do you fight back?

By Sydney Murphy


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

Birding is a lot easier with the Merlin app, which can coach you though your first bird identification adventure. From there, it's simple.

By Jesslyn Shields

You've probably seen the calls from your buds "Scam Likely" or "Fraud Alert." So, what's the giveaway to your carrier that these callers are not legit?

By Francisco Guzman

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


Nobody wants to be annoyed by telemarketers or spam calls. You can stop those calls from ever coming in if you know how.

By Andrew Silver

Tired of getting spam calls on your phone? You may wish to install an app like Nomorobo that says it can stop unwanted calls. But how does it work?

By Chris Pollette

Our beginner's guide to how Cash App works will have you sending and receiving money from your digital wallet like a pro in no time.

By Rhiannon Ball

Want to throw someone off your tracks? A GPS spoofing app is the best way to do it. Here's how it works for both android and iPhone.

By Nathan Chandler


You know how you can program your smartphone to connect through your car speakers so you can talk hands-free? That's Bluetooth technology in action. Bluetooth allows electronic equipment to connect without wires. So how does it work?

By Curt Franklin & 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're smart. If you're smart about your phone's settings, too, you should be golden.

By Nathan Chandler


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

By Dave Roos

Thieves get their hands on your ID or passwords, then contact your mobile carrier and transfer your credentials to a new device.

By Chris Opfer

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

It's hard to put down, but there are a few tricks that can help you tear your attention away from your trusty smartphone.

By Robert Lamb


Emergency 911 systems sometimes have a tougher time finding cell phone callers than apps such as Uber.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Wouldn't it be great to never have to charge your phone? Scientists think they've cracked the code on doing that.

By Jonathan Strickland