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Odd question for you all... [Aug. 8th, 2002|02:48 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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When did it become a cel phone?

For the fetuses out there, we used to call those things "car phones." Today they're "cel phones." The name change makes sense, since we don't use them only in cars anymore, but when exactly did we make that shift?


From: asleeponthebeac
2002-08-08 03:30 pm (UTC)

or "mobiles" if you cant spell CEL...AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHA teasing, couldnt resist
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[User Picture]From: dragonpookie
2002-08-09 02:25 am (UTC)


If you look back at some at some movies from the 80's (or even Heather Langenkamp's SUV in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, you'll see the difference I am about to mention. Cel phones were always cel phones. Car phones were actually mounted in the cars. They usually had a button on them allowed them to be used as a speaker phone (of course, you had to dial by hand, hit the speaker button and put the reciever back in the cradle). Those bulky looking celphones of the past that looked like a block of C4 with a number pad were widely used in cars so they would say they were on their "car phone" when they weren't. That's the old difference. When phones became smaller (late 80's or early 90's... around then) and no longer made you look like you were under fire from them dirty gerries and need reinforcements, it was easier to just have the cel phone on you at all times so car phones went out with the NES. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-08-19 11:20 am (UTC)

Actual Facts (Surprise!)

I know I'm not usually the person to ask for real information, but look: they're not "cel" phones. They're "cell" phones, as in "cellular" as in "in the manner of a cell." They represent an upgrade in technology. The car phone worked via single powerful signals and using the vehicle as a receiver and whatnot, like those handcranked communication things you see on M.A.S.H. The Cell Phone functions off the idea of putting little antennas all over the city- each with a certain signal radius that abuts the others. That way your phone can drift from region to region (cell to cell) and not have to be boosted in order to reach one distant communications tower. "Mobile" (as the Euros say) is more user-oriented, while "cell" is evidence of the techie development phase. I am a facts machine.

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From: (Anonymous)
2002-08-19 11:24 am (UTC)

Re: Actual Facts (Surprise!)

Of course, it is like me to forget that your actual question was "when" this shift occured. It was October 13, 1991 11:23 AM EST. Thankew. MAM
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-19 04:17 pm (UTC)

Single L vs. Double L

I prefer the spelling of Cel Phone vs. Cell Phone. Both are commonly used, and when I see Cell Phone, I tend to think of a phone the size of a cell (yes, I read too much science fiction). While the technology is heading that way, it's not there yet...

But, thank you very much for the information.

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