Types of Mobile Phones

Innovations in both the functionality and physical design of the mobile phone have quickly risen in parallel to the demands and necessity for mobile communication. Over the years, connectivity via the mobile phone has evolved from being a mere gadget that made personal and business communication easier to being a full-blown necessity in today’s technology-driven world.

And with so many new models coming out on a regular basis, it is really helpful to distinguish which is which among today’s numerous variations of mobile phones. Each mobile phone is labelled a certain type according to its features and services. More often than not, the type of mobile phone also determines the price it has in the market.

Standard Mobile Phone versus the Smart Phone

The standard mobile phone is your conventional cellular phone that is intended primarily for mobile communication: you can make and receive calls, send and receive SMS (Short Messaging Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), store information and data (such as contacts, calendars, notes and memos, to-do lists, take pictures and record videos using your multi-megapixel camera (usually up to 5MP), organize files through simple file managers, have access to the world wide web via installed browsers, download and play music and games, and other limited mobile services (depending on the capabilities of your mobile phone). The features are very basic. Usually, your standard mobile phone will be equipped with either the numerical format keypad or the QWERTY keyboard. Memory cards can be added and inserted in the phone’s built in slots. Other advanced features will allow you access to Bluetooth technology for internet connectivity and file sharing services.

The smart phones, otherwise known as PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) or Pocket PCs, are much more complicated devices compared to the basic mobile phone. They run on operating systems making your smart phones serve more like miniature computer systems rather than a simple phone unit. You can have office applications installed—word, power point, spreadsheets, etc. Your emails and other internet-based communications will be in sync. Anywhere you go, you can have access to your emails and social networking site accounts. There are a multitude of applications that you can download (or buy) into your Smartphone: from games to travel trackers to news updates to weather reports to finance management programs to dictionaries and references to live updates on twitter! The world is truly at the palm of your hand when you have a smart phone. Of course, the smart phone is generally more expensive and they come out in a lot more innovative designs. Touch screens has also become the trend among these highly-advanced mobile phones.

GSM versus CDMA Technology

Depending on the type of mobile phone you possess, your handset can use either the GSM or CDMA Technology. GSM means Global System for Mobile communications while CDMA is Code-Division Multiple Access. The GSM technology is widely used by over 450 million subscribers worldwide. It allows for international roaming and is more advantageous than CDMA because the latter does not work in areas such as France, Germany, a few European locations, and in Asia. The downside of GSM technology, however, is that it hasn’t fully accessed the American region. CDMA technology, on the other hand, also provides for an increased mobile communication security and efficiency.

There are many types of mobile phones available in the market nowadays—each handset can be taken to cater to a specific target market, but you’ll find that people now just purchase the mobile phone that both appeals to their eyes and satisfies their curiosity for techie features. It doesn’t matter if you’re just a simple college student or a top-notch business CEO—you probably own the same kind of mobile phone.