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Telephones and telecommunication equipment

3G

abbreviation

third generation: a technology that gives you a high-speed connection to the Internet, video and multimedia on your mobile phone

4G

adjective

fourth generation wireless: being the stage of mobile communications to replace the third generation (3G)

answering machine

noun

a machine that answers your telephone and records messages that people leave for you

answerphone

noun

an answering machine

beeper

noun

a small piece of electronic equipment that makes short high sounds as a signal for you to telephone someone

bleeper

noun

a beeper

button

noun

one of the small parts on a telephone that you press to call a number

cameraphone

noun

a mobile phone that has a camera in it

card

noun

a phone card

cell

noun

a cell phone

cell phone

noun

a mobile phone

cellular

adjective

relating to a mobile phone or its system of communication

cellular phone

noun

a mobile phone

coaxial cable

noun

a type of very strong wire used for sending large amounts of information at high speeds, for example to cable televisions or computers

cradle

noun

the place on a telephone where you put the receiver when you are not using it

dial

noun

a circle with holes on an old-fashioned telephone, that you turn in order to call someone

dialling tone

noun

the sound that a telephone makes when you pick it up to show that you can make a call

diaphragm

noun

a piece of equipment that changes sound into electrical signals and electrical signals into sound, for example in a telephone receiver

dumbphone

noun

a mobile phone that is not a smartphone (=one which also works as a small computer)

earpiece

noun

the part of an old-fashioned telephone receiver that you put to your ear and listen to

earset

noun

a piece of equipment that fits into your ear and is connected to a telephone or computer, allowing you to speak on the telephone without using your hands

entryphone

noun

a telephone system at the entrance to a building that lets visitors talk to someone inside and opens the door

extension

noun

a telephone line that is one of several lines coming from a main line

feature phone

noun

a mobile phone that has more features than a basic phone but not as many as a smartphone

fibre-optic

adjective

consisting of or using long fibres of glass or plastic that carry information from one place to another as light signals

fibre optics

noun

the use of long fibres of glass or plastic to carry information from one place to another as light signals

flip phone

noun

a small mobile phone that closes by folding in the middle to make it easier to carry

handset

noun

the part of a telephone that you hold next to your ear

hotline

noun

a direct telephone line that allows leaders of different governments to speak to each other in an emergency

intercom

noun

a system or a piece of electrical equipment that allows people in different parts of a building, aircraft, or ship to speak to each other

landline

noun

a cable (=set of wires) that carries telephone signals under or over the ground, used when comparing this to signals sent using a satellite

landline

noun

a telephone that is not a mobile phone

line

noun

a telephone connection

machine

noun

an answering machine

mobile

adjective

relating to or using communication technology such as smartphones, GPS devices etc that can be used anywhere

mobile

noun

a mobile phone

mobile phone

noun

a small phone that you can carry around with you. The usual American word is cell phone.

netphone

noun

a phone that uses the Internet to make connections and carry voice messages

optical fibre

noun

a very thin string made of glass or plastic, used in telephone and computer systems for sending information in the form of light

party line

noun

a telephone line shared by more than one customer

phablet

noun

a mobile device that combines the functions of a smartphone and a tablet computer

phone

noun

a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place

phone

noun

the part of a landline (=a phone that is attached to a phone line) that you speak into

phone card

noun

a plastic card used instead of money for paying for a telephone call

picture messaging

noun

the sending of images and photographs from one mobile phone to another

receiver

noun

the part of a phone that you pick up in order to hear and speak, especially on an old-fashioned phone

ringer

noun

the part of a telephone that makes it ring

ringtone

noun

the sound that your mobile phone makes when someone calls you, for example a series of short sounds or a musical tune

satellite telephone

noun

a mobile phone that can send voice messages over extremely long distances using connections to communications satellites

signal

noun

pictures, sound, or other information sent by one piece of electronic equipment and received by another one

SIM card

noun

subscriber identity module card: a small piece of plastic that is inside a mobile phone and contains information about the person who uses the phone

smartphone

noun

a mobile phone that also works as a small computer, allowing you to store information and write letters and reports

speakerphone

noun

a telephone that allows you to have a conversation with someone without having to hold the phone to your ear

T1

abbreviation

a telephone line that can carry a lot of information at very fast speeds, used for the Internet

T3

abbreviation

a telephone line, used for the Internet, that can carry so much information and at such fast speeds that you can watch films on your computer

tap

noun

electronic equipment used for listening secretly to someone’s telephone conversations

telegraph pole

noun

a tall pole that supports telephone wires

telephone

noun

a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place, especially a landline (=a phone that is attached to a telephone line). A telephone is often simply called a phone

telephone pole

noun

a telegraph pole

telephone wire

noun

a wire that carries telephone signals

telephonic

adjective

involving the telephone

touch-tone phone

noun

a telephone that has buttons with numbers on them that make a sound when you press them

voicemail

noun

an electronic system that records and stores spoken messages from people

webphone

noun

a phone that uses the Internet to make connections and carry voice messages

wire

noun

a long thin piece of metal that carries electricity or telephone signals

wiretap

noun

a piece of equipment that secretly lets telephone conversations be heard or recorded

wiretap

noun

an occasion when a wiretap is used

wiretapping

noun

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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