- a wireless telephone using a system of low-powered radio transmitters, with each transmitter covering a distinct geographical area (cell), and computer equipment to switch a call from one area to another, thus enabling broad-scale portable phone service.
- such a wireless telephone that has other functions, as text messaging or Internet access.
- mobile phone.
Related Words for cell phoneradiotelephone
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Contemporary Examples of cell phone
A spoof of the cartoon with an actor dressed as the Israeli leader is now a popular billboard hawking a cell-phone plan.Obama and Netanyahu Have Reached Detente in Time for Israel Visit
March 17, 2013
The killing was captured on cell-phone cameras and caused an Internet furor and subsequent rioting.‘Don Jon’s Addiction,’ ‘Fruitvale’ & More Sundance Acquisitions
January 23, 2013
Cell-phone footage taken in the immediate aftermath of the attack shows chaos at the suburban Denver theater.‘Dark Knight’ Colorado Theater Shooting: Witness Accounts (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
July 20, 2012
Two decades later—and awash in iPods, Wi-Fi, and cell-phone cameras—unguarded comments are a long-vanished luxury.What the Military Can Learn from McChrystal
June 23, 2010
There are no major Republican companies that specialize in cell-phone outreach.Technology Gap
November 21, 2008
A portable telephone that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. This technology works by dividing the Earth into small regions called cells. Within each cell the wireless telephone signal goes over its assigned bandwidth to a cell tower, which relays the signal to a telephone switching network, connecting the user to the desired party.