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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Call it 4G insanity. We're being bombarded by promises of what this newest wireless network can deliver, but is it all hype?

By Nathan Chandler

RFID, NFC ... If these wireless technology acronyms are starting to look like alphabet soup to you, have no fear. We'll help you spot the differences between these communications cousins.

By Nathan Chandler

Sharing photos or business cards by tapping phones together seems pretty nifty, but is this tech really safe? Find out in this article.

By Nathan Chandler


Regular wallets are sooooo 2012. Could their digital doppelgangers be just around the corner?

By Nathan Chandler

Fed up with carrying a wallet full of cards and a full ring of keys? Before long, you might be able to keep all of that stuff in your phone. How is it possible, and is your information safe in your phone?

By Jonathan Strickland

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

Cordless phones have been around awhile, but have you ever looked inside of one? See the next few pages as we take apart this cordless phone.


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.

Taking our music everywhere with us has become a way of life. But what music apps are the best for your mobile device?

By John Kelly

While we'd never advocate using your cell phone in the theater, we do love a bunch of apps geared at movie maniacs. Here are 10.

By Nicholas Gerbis

A fashionista always looks her (or his) best at every occasion. But for the times when you just can't make it to the mall for the latest looks, check out these 10 mobile apps that allow you to shop anytime, anywhere.

By Meghan E. Smith


Thanks to the digital age, people who love the written word have more options than ever. Which apps should book lovers download to get their literary fix?

By Lance Looper

The Google mobile phone app was designed to make life just a little bit easier, and its functionality doesn't disappoint.

By Sara Elliott

No matter which device you have, Facebook's likely got you covered. Find out how to get (and how to get the most out of) the Facebook mobile app.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

A great way to watch flicks on the fly, the Netflix mobile app has all of the features you'd find on its Web site. Are there any drawbacks?

By Sarah Alban


In this day and age of all things digital, it's more important than ever to protect yourself. These mobile anti-virus apps can help do just that.

By Sara Elliott

When dating and the latest in mobile technology are combined, the result is a whole new way to meet people -- right in the palm of your hand. Here are five mobile dating apps to help you in quest for love and lust.

By Stefani Newman

Remember when phones just made calls? Now, thanks to some clever apps, they can also make our lives a lot easier by increasing our productivity and organization.

By Alia Hoyt

Gone are the days of reading restaurant reviews in the newspaper -- even going online is old-hat. Now you can download a cool restaurant app to help you make a selection. We feature five that foodies love.

By Becky Striepe


It seems that smartphones are capable of just about anything these days. But is it possible to use them to turn on our televisions or lower the volume on our stereos?

By Christopher Neiger

Remember when phones just made phone calls? Now, thanks to some clever apps, they can also make our lives a lot easier by increasing our productivity and organization skills.

By Patrick E. George

iPhones have a screen that can sense multiple touches. Learn about the parts that make up an iPhone screen in this article.

By Contributors

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

By Contributors


Accelerometers measure the force of acceleration, allowing them to sense movement, speed and direction. Find out how the iPhone accelerometer works in this article.

By Contributors

Operating a Bluetooth could lead to other people intercepting your data or sending you viruses. Find out some security risks of having a Bluetooth from this article.

By Contributors