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The cell phone handbook : everything you wanted to know about wireless telephony (but didn't know who or what to ask)
Stetz, Penelope, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Newport, R.I. : Aegis, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Cellular phones have gone from a gee whiz curiosity only a few years ago to an indispensable communications link for more than 50 million U.S. subscribers. Despite cell phones' enormous popuarity, until now it has been difficult to get reliable, objective information on which to base purchases and maximize performance.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Three Types of Wireless Phonesp. 2
Getting the Most Out of This Bookp. 5
How To Use This Bookp. 6
Chapter 1 History
From Car Phonesp. 9
...To Cellular Phonesp. 11
Looking Aheadp. 24
Wireless local loopp. 28
Satellite wireless telephonyp. 29
Atmospheric alternativesp. 32
Chapter 2 How Wireless Telephony Works
Backgroundp. 35
Basic Concepts of Wireless Telephonyp. 36
The Systemp. 38
The Phonep. 48
Subscribing To a Carrierp. 53
Coverage Areas and How They Are Assignedp. 54
What Is My "Home" Market?p. 56
Understanding the Carrier/Agent, Dealer/Customer Relationshipp. 57
Resellersp. 59
How Do I Interface With the Carriers?p. 60
Over-the-Air Activationp. 61
Chapter 3 Acquiring Wireless Equipment and Service
Where Do I Buy It?p. 63
Choosing a Phonep. 65
Choosing a Carrierp. 88
The Final Scorep. 100
Rate Plan Analysisp. 101
Replacing Your Equipmentp. 103
Chapter 4 Roaming
What Is Roaming?p. 107
Making and Receiving Calls While Roamingp. 111
Digital Roamingp. 119
Enhanced Roaming Featuresp. 131
Chapter 5 Fraud
Cloningp. 137
Fraud Prevention Measuresp. 139
Subscriber Fraudp. 141
What Can I Do to Prevent or Reduce My Chances of Being Cloned?p. 142
Chapter 6 Using Wireless Phones For Data
Data On 1G Wireless Telephonyp. 145
Data on 2G Wireless Telephonyp. 150
Data on 2.5G Wireless Telephonyp. 162
Data on 3G Wireless Telephonyp. 164
Bluetoothp. 167
SyncMLp. 169
Wireless Application Protocolp. 170
Wireless Markup Language (WML)p. 171
In Summaryp. 171
Chapter 7 Accessories
Antennasp. 181
Chargersp. 183
Cigarette Lighter Adaptersp. 184
Hands-Free Adaptersp. 184
Chapter 8 Wireless Phone Etiquette and Safety
Etiquettep. 185
Safetyp. 190
Chapter 9 Cellular Phones and Health
Are cell phones safe to use (for my health)?p. 193
Do cellular phones really cause brain cancer?p. 194
Alternative Health Risksp. 197
Researchp. 198
Proof or Prevaricationp. 200
Minimize Your Exposurep. 201
Chapter 10 Extras
Cell Phone Lifelinesp. 203
Enhanced 9-1-1p. 204
Cell Phone or Tracking Devicep. 206
CALEAp. 207
Equal Access For Long Distancep. 208
North American Numbering Planp. 209
Wireless Number Portabilityp. 210
Chapter 11 Frequently Asked Questions--FAQs
When I use my phone out of my home area, are all my calls long distance?p. 213
How can I prevent my wireless phone number from being read on caller ID devices?p. 214
What is a NAM (number assignment module)?p. 214
What information should I know about my wireless phone, and why?p. 215
What should I do if I lose my phone?p. 216
What is a SID?p. 216
What is a NID?p. 216
How does my phone know that I am in my home market?p. 217
Why does my phone say NO SERVICE when I first turn it on?p. 217
Why do my calls drop?p. 218
Why doesn't my phone retain the feature changes I made?p. 218
Why do I lose my signal when I go into a building or drive into a garage or valley?p. 219
Why do I get a system-busy indication when I should have service (or have had service in the same area before)?p. 219
Sometimes my call gets very staticky, and then it clears up. What happened here?p. 220
How can I have a digital phone on an analog system?p. 220
How does cellular compare to the new PCS services available?p. 221
Why can't I use my phone out of town?p. 222
What is dual NAM?p. 224
Subscribing to more than one system--why would I want to?p. 225
Which carrier is offering dual NAM in my market?p. 227
Can I have one number on two phones?p. 227
How do I erase a stored number?p. 227
My car kit drains my car's battery. Why? What can I do about it?p. 228
What about cellular in other countries?p. 228
Can I use a wireless phone on an airplane?p. 229
Where can I rent a wireless phone?p. 231
Appendix A Equipment Manufacturersp. 235
Appendix B Resourcesp. 241
Appendix C Cellular Market Areas
Appendix D PCS Market Areas
Appendix E Nextel Coverage Areas
Appendix F Carrier Information
Appendix G Frequency Charts
Glossaryp. 341
Indexp. 397