Mobile Telephony: Do you speak Geek on the phone?
Mmmm. Mobile Alphabet Soup. It's hard to take a "byte," the way those letters are swimming around in the airwaves.
Test your knowledge of mobile telephony by taking the following quiz. Click to find the answer or keep track and check against the key at the end.
1. 3G refers to:
A. A $3,000 mobile deployment
B. 3rd generation wireless networks
C. Three gigabytes of memory on a mobile handset
D. gravitational force equal to three times that found on the Earth's surface
3. "PHS" stands for:
A. Phased Handset Series
B. Periodic Help Signal
C. Personal Handyphone System
D. Parallel Handset Signal
4. What is the de facto wireless standard in Europe and more than 120 other countries?
5. Which wireless technology allows cellular phones to act as modems, work with handsfree headsets and share contacts with other users?
A. Air interface
D. IR wireless
6. What year was the first cellular call made?
Answer (Look in the last paragraph of the definition.)
7. What is bluesnarfing?
A. Deleting data by accident when transferring files via a Bluetooth connection
B. Stealing information from a device via a Bluetooth connection
C. Sharing an Internet connection through a Bluetooth-enabled device
D. Arranging trysts with other single people on mass transit through Bluetooth networks
8. What is cell breathing?
A. Changing the range of the area covered by a cellular transmitter based on the amount of traffic that is currently using it
B. A method of cooling next-generation smartphone processors by recirculating air
C. Latent breath sounds used to identify specific users in criminal prosecutions
D. Empty space left after a user ends a voice mail message without actually ending the call
9. Which phenomenon describes the effect of precipitation on cellular signal strength?
A. Snow drift
B. Drizzle fizzle
C. Shower shout
D. Rain fade
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Answer Key: 1 (c), 2 (a), 3 (c), 4 (c), 5 (b), 6 (c), 7 (b), 8 (a), 9 (d)