The term “gsm” is short for a generic term used to refer to all types of mobile phones; the use of the term “gsm” has since fallen out of use and is now only used in reference to mobile phones designed specifically for a particular carrier and industry. A cell phone, mobile phone or simply hand phone is a portable electronic device that makes and receives calls over an electromagnetic wave signal while the user is in a cellular phone service zone. The use of the word “gsm” has been around much longer than cellular phones and is no longer used as a generic term for any type of mobile phone.
The difference between a cell phone and a “gsm” phone is primarily in the way it works. Whereas a cellular cell phone makes calls over radio waves transmitted by radio carriers, “gsm” phone works through radio frequencies transmitted by the same carriers but without interference from other users on the same network. This enables a cell phone to work at a distance, allowing it to be used indoors, and to provide data services, while a “gsm” phone is primarily used outdoors, where it can carry data services, making it more useful for consumers.
Cell phones are also known as handsets. The cellular devices that perform this function are referred to as smart phones. A “smart phone,” in a technical sense, is basically just a computer which acts as a miniature cellular handset.
In order to get cellular signals in your home, you need to subscribe to a local cellular network providers. These companies will typically provide their subscribers with a handset that is designed specifically for use on their network. If your carrier does not offer a handset for use on their system, you may be able to find a mobile device carrier that offers such a product.
Most people purchase a “gsm” phone in order to allow their family to communicate with each other when outside the home, even when on vacation. A cell phone that can be operated as a GSM phone allows family members to send text messages to one another even when they are miles apart. It also allows them to make long distance calls at low costs, because the call rates are lower when compared with those of their counterparts, which are designed for traditional analog phones.
Some people purchase mobile phones solely for their own personal use. Some people also own more than one mobile phone to accommodate family members, friends and business contacts. Such people can use any handset that they want, while keeping track of their communication and receiving data services.