In Barcelona, everyone speaks Catalan but, at the world telecommunications conference, people speak “mobile phone” dialect. It's a technological language, and not a simple one at that.
In Barcelona, everyone speaks Catalan but, at the world telecommunications conference, people speak the dialect of “mobile phone.” It’s a dialect of the technological world, and not a simple one at that. The acronyms and technical terms are enough to give one a migraine.
Even the official name of the convention, World GSMA, is offputting enough. It refers to the accepted term for mobile phone communications – Global System for Mobile Communication. The ‘A’ stands for Association.
Confused? It gets worse. HSUPA, G1, 3G (sometimes with a +), Symbian, Li-on. Everyone here speaks it. Do you?
HSUPA - 100% geekspeak. It refers to high-speed uploads, to allow mobile phones to send videos to YouTube at great speed.
G1 – Almighty Google in mobile phone format. It’s the first phone created by HTC with a system customized for Google usage.
3G – the Rolls Royce of mobile phone connectivity. You need a 3G (or 3G+) mobile phone. Useless for a simple phone call, though.
Symbian – the branch of Nokia devoted to smartphones. It refers to an operating system created by the Finnish company, analogous to Windows or Android, that runs smartphones.
Li-on – allows for extended phone use. It is a lithium and ion battery that allows one to use a mobile phone three times longer than a longer battery would permit.
You want more? It’s coming soon – live from Barcelona.
Date created : 2009-02-14