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What mobile phones can do

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Most mobile phones now have features beyond the ability to make and receive voice calls. The following functions are now available in many mobile phones:

  • Bluetooth connectivity Bluetooth technology sends data from mobile phones to other nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices (computers, laptops, other mobile devices, etc.).
  • E-mail and instant messaging (IM) capabilities Many mobile phones and smartphones (e.g. BlackBerry and PDA devices) have integrated email and IM capabilities.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Using satellite technology, GPS-enabled devices can be located and pinpointed within a few metres, and can tell users where they are located on a map.
  • Internet browsing Most mobile phones now have the ability to connect to the Internet.
  • MP3 playback An MP3 is a digitized audio file, usually uploaded or downloaded through the Internet.
  • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) Developed from SMS technology, MMS enables users to include photos, audio or video files with their messages.
  • Personal organizer functions Many mobile phones and smartphones contain calendars, contact lists and address books that are programmed directly into the phone and/or imported from (and synchronized with) a personal computer.
  • Photo/video capability Many phones have built-in cameras capable of both taking pictures and recording video.
  • Push To Talk (PTT) This service allows mobile phones to be used like walkie talkies with a set number of specific contacts, either locally or long distance, without incurring long distance charges.
  • Radio Some mobile phones have the ability to play FM radio.
  • Roaming The ability to obtain service in areas outside of the home location of the mobile phone.
  • Short Message Service (SMS) Also known as text messaging or "texting," this function allows users to communicate with other users through brief, typed text.
  • Speaker phone Users are able to talk to a caller using a hands-free function that puts the call on a speaker.
  • Television Some newer phones have the ability to play television in real-time.
  • Wireless modem This function allows a mobile phone to serve as a modem for a laptop computer, enabling wireless Internet access.
 
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