The Cellular Connection: A Guide to Cellular Telephones / Edition 4 by Robert A. Steuernagel, Robert Steuernagel | | 9780471316527 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Cellular Connection: A Guide to Cellular Telephones / Edition 4

The Cellular Connection: A Guide to Cellular Telephones / Edition 4

by Robert A. Steuernagel, Robert Steuernagel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471316520

ISBN-13: 9780471316527

Pub. Date: 10/22/1999

Publisher: Wiley

How to choose cellular service wisely and become an adept cellular user

Keeping in touch via cellular is increasingly vital in today's fast—paced world. The technology now boasts over 50 million subscribers, and that figure is expected to double in the next five years. Whether you are a regular user or an industry professional, The Cellular Connection,

Overview

How to choose cellular service wisely and become an adept cellular user

Keeping in touch via cellular is increasingly vital in today's fast—paced world. The technology now boasts over 50 million subscribers, and that figure is expected to double in the next five years. Whether you are a regular user or an industry professional, The Cellular Connection, Fourth Edition helps you keep current in the field. Written in a nontechnical language by an industry insider, this new edition of a highly successful book (over a quarter million copies sold!) demystifies both service and technology, explains the shift from mobiles to portables, and updates all information on cellular phone equipment. Numerous illustrations, photographs, and a special Cellular Buyer's Checklist accompany this unique guide. The Cellular Connection, Fourth Edition answers all your cellular telephony questions, including:

• How the cellular system works

• The purposes and advantages of various features

• How to choose, install, and operate your phone

• How to make sense of your phone bill

• What to do when traveling outside your home area

• How to tell when you're roaming

• What's in the future, including digital cellular and PCS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471316527
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/22/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1An Introduction to Cellular Phone Systems1
The Cellular Method
2Cellular Phone Equipment9
The Cellular Telephone
What You Should Know About Cellular Frequencies
Numeric Assignment Module (NAM)
A Quick Visit to a Cell Site
3The Business of Cellular Phones19
Where Can you Get Cellular Service?
How Licenses Were Granted: Wireline and Nonwireline Companies
Who Sells Cellular Phones
4Getting Cellular Service23
Finding the Best Source of Cellular Phones and Service
Equipment Costs
What to Look for in a Cellular Phone
Trying It Out
Cellular Service Pricing--Your Most Important Decision
Reminder: The Cellular Buyer's Checklist
5The Bill, Please31
One-Time (Nonrecurring) Expenses
Recurring Expenses
Variable Charges and Pricing Plans
Terms Associated with Recurring Charges
Illustrative Pricing Plans
Additional Rate Plans
Special Promotions and Pricing Options
How Calls Are Billed
Long Distance and Roaming
Choosing a Service Provider
6Hello, Ma? It's Me!47
Buttons, Buttons
Displays and Indicators
Placing a Call
Special Telephone Numbers
Receiving a Call
Health Considerations
Batteries and Power Supplies
Cellular Etiquette
Special Cellular Features
7Roaming63
How to Tell When You're Roaming
Roaming: Outgoing Calls
Roaming: Incoming Calls
Roaming Fraud
Roamer Billing
Additional Roaming Considerations
8Mobile and Transportable Phones75
Car Cellular Telephone Components
Roof-Mounted Antennas
Trunk-Mounted Antennas
Glass-Mounted Antennas
Transportables
9Options and Accessories87
Batteries
Chargers and Eliminators
Hands-Free Operation
Pagers
Cases
Data Applications
A Cellular Data Communications Session
Fax Applications
Short-Message Service
10Dealing With Operational Difficulties97
Bad Connections
Signal Dropouts and Dead Spots
Other Intermittent Effects
Mechanical or Electronic Failure
Service and Repair
11Safety and Security107
Safety
Security
12Into the Future113
Digital Cellular
Personal Communications Service
Technology
Applications
Glossary121
Index129

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