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    3G & 4G

    A general term that refers to new wireless technologies that offer increased data speeds and capabilities using digital wireless networks. Talk with you wireless provider ...

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    911 Service Fee

    These collected funds help pay for emergency services. Per the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004, which makes states that misallocate 911 fees for unintended purposes ...

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    Activation Fee

    A one-time charge when you start a new contract to activate each device or line of service on the account.

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    Adware

    On its own, adware is harmless software that automatically displays advertisements. Unfortunately, some bad actors may choose to integrate spyware and other privacy-invasive software in ...

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    Air Interface

    The operating system of a wireless network. Technologies include AMPS, TDMA, CDMA, GSM and iDEN.

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    AMPS

    Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) is the original analog "cellular" service transmission standard first deployed in the United States, still used as a default standard ...

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    Analog

    The traditional method of adapting radio signals so they can carry information. AM (Amplitude Modulation) and FM (Frequency Modulation) are the two most common analog ...

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    Antenna

    A device for transmitting and receiving radiofrequency (RF) signals. Often camouflaged on existing buildings, trees, water towers or other tall structures, the size and shape ...

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    App (Application)

    Downloadable tools, resources, games, social networks or almost anything that adds a function or feature to a wireless device that are available for free or ...

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    Backhaul

    The infrastructure that connects a wireless access point, such as a cell tower, to a wireless network.

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    Bands

    Depending on the frequency and applications it supports, the value of spectrum to license owners or users (e.g., broadcasters, government, commercial wireless service providers, satellite ...

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    Bandwidth

    This is the difference between the upper and lower frequencies in a continuous set of frequencies. It is typically measured in Hertz (Hz).

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    Base Station

    The central radio transmitter/receiver that communicates with mobile telephones within a given range (typically a cell site).

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    Basic Trading Area (BTA)

    A geographic area designed by Rand McNally to reflect business centers, and adopted by the FCC for the licensing of Personal Communications Services and some ...

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    Bluetooth

    The name for a technological standard (a communications protocol) that enables mobile devices equipped with a special chip to send and receive information wirelessly. Using ...

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