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cell phone

or cell·phone (sĕl′fōn′)
n.
A portable telephone that sends and receives radio signals through a network of short-range transmitters located in overlapping cells throughout a region, with a central station making connections to regular telephone lines. Also called cellular telephone, mobile phone.
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cellphone

(ˈsɛlˌfəʊn) or

cell phone

n
(Telecommunications) a portable telephone operated by cellular radio. In full: cellular phone or cellular telephone
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cellphone - a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receivercellphone - a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
radiophone, radiotelephone, wireless telephone - a telephone that communicates by radio waves rather than along cables
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Translations

cellphone

n (esp US) → Handy nt, → Mobiltelefon nt
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cellphone

[ˈsɛlˌfəʊn] ncellulare m
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cell

(sel) noun
1. a small room (especially in a prison or monastery).
2. a very small piece of the substance of which all living things are made; the smallest unit of living matter. The human body is made up of cells.
3. (the part containing the electrodes in) an electrical battery.
4. one of many small compartments making up a structure. the cells of a honeycomb.
cellular (ˈseljulə) adjective
1. consisting of cells. cellular tissue.
2. containing tiny hollow spaces. Foam rubber is a cellular substance.
cellphone noun
see cellular phone.
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Motorola DynaTAC THE Motorola DynaTAC was the first mobile phone ever and if you still own one, you could get about PS400.
Having created the first commercially available mobile phone called the DynaTAC 8000X, which debuted1 in 1984, Motorola may be hoping to be the catalyst to start a new trend among smartphone makers.
In 1984, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, the first handheld cellphone, was launched.
Mobile telecoms have come a long way since Martin Cooper -- inventor of Motorola's DynaTAC -- released the first commercially available handset back in 1973.
IN THE 1987 movie WallStreet, Gordon Gekko, an immensely wealthy investor played by Michael Douglas, is shown talking on his Motorola DynaTac 8000X cellphone.
The first handheld cellphone, Motorola's DynaTAC 8000X, cost $3,995 in 1984, and despite the cost, it became a business necessity with demand exceeding expectations.
The Mobira Senator 1981 model - the first Nokia ever made - is now worth around PS900, whereas the first handheld portable mobile - the Motorola DYNATAC 8000x can sell for anything between PS300-PS800.
The Mobira Senator 1981 model - the first Nokia ever made - is now worth around [euro]1,120, whereas the first hand-held portable mobile - the [euro]1,120 Motorola DynaTAC 8000x - can sell for anything between [euro]370-[euro]1,000.
The experience paved the way to ten years of development and the launch in September 1983 of the first commercial portable phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X: a 1.1kg brick able to handle 30 mn of conversation and 8 hours of standby for a price of $4000 (nearly $10000 today).
Motorola brought the first mobile phone to market in 1983 - the DynaTAC - and has since been at the heart of the wireless business, though in recent years it has struggled to compete in the smartphone segment where companies like Apple and Samsung dominate.
Caller ID, 15 years in the making, arrived in 1984 (making the prank phone call a thing of the past); fiber optics replaced copper for long-distance hauls; cellphones (pioneered by Bell Labs in the mid 1940s) began showing up in the hands of everyday consumers in 1983 when Motorola rolled out the DynaTac phone on a network built by Bell spinoff Ameritech.