In , the DynaTAC x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone. I know it doesn't work for everyone. The average user replaces their mobile phone every 11 to 18 months,  and the discarded phones then contribute to electronic waste. It took a further two emails being ignored for him to get the drift! Unusually for a free dating site, it's a member of the Online Dating Association trade body. Men have to purchase "charms", which allow you to send a notification letting the other person know you are interested without waiting to see if they've also tapped the heart icon. Retrieved 4 November
Yes - you need to turn off auto-renewal in your account settings. In early November , several web sites began offering a specific piece of software promising ringtones and screensavers for certain phones. Soon afterwards, other media content appeared, such as news, video games, jokes, horoscopes, TV content and advertising. It has a special mode of operation, known as punctured mode, in which, instead of transmitting continuously, the mobile is able to stop sending for a short period and try searching for GSM carriers in the area. If you like geeky boys, it's a good start point. By , it had become clear that, at some point, 3G networks would be overwhelmed by the growth of bandwidth-intensive applications, such as streaming media.
Unusually for a free dating site, OKCupid says it uses an algorithm developed by mathematicians to match you with compatible partners. Its 'quickmatch' feature lets you rate or skip users at random, while if you've more time, you can go through a list of detailed questions for more specific matches.
It's also got free mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Paid membership lets you view profiles invisibly, see the site without ads, and even search others by attractiveness and body type, if you're so inclined. Watch out, as paid membership auto-renews. See its Help section for safety info. Mega-popular smartphone app Grindr uses your phone's location to zero in on available men nearby. While often used for uncomplicated hook-ups, it's worth checking out for long-term love as well, as it has such a huge number of users.
No complicated psychometric questionnaires here. Just download the app, give yourself a profile name, upload a photo optional , and answer a couple of questions also optional.
It lets you star those you like. Grindr also has a subscription service, Grindr Xtra, which lets you view the site without adverts. As Grindr's often used for casual hook-ups, it's worth chatting first to ensure you both want the same thing before revealing your identity.
Only share your location once you feel comfortable. There's an option to connect the app to your Facebook account, so be careful if you'd rather keep your profile photo private. With so many free dating sites, you might well ask why anyone pays. Yet paid dating websites may attract fewer time-wasters, have fewer ads and better safety features, or have a more tailored approach to matching specific types.
Don't assume that paid dating sites are always best though. All the below offer basic free trials, so it's worth trying these to see if it's for you before you shell out. We've listed their prices below, but it's well worth calling up to see if it's possible to haggle it down. We tried phoning five big dating websites and managed to knock the list price down on two of them, so it's well worth a try.
One of the biggest names in online dating, Match. I met my other half on Match. I paid for one month, only one profile attracted me and it was his. We started chatting over the phone, met up within a week and are getting married next year. I know I am one of the few lucky ones but if it can happen to us, it can happen to others - BettyDebt. Met my other half on Match. We've been together for a year now, he reckons it was the best money he has ever spent, as it was an investment in the rest of our lives.
He signed up for a month and met me face-to-face within 2 weeks after many emails and calls, so jokes about trying to get a partial refund. It has a safety advice section and lets you report concerns to moderators. Setting up an account should take about 15 minutes. There are fewer questions than some other sites, though you can also add a Facebook-style list of favourite books, music, films, etc, which would take an extra 15 minutes.
One of its quirkier touches is if you'd rather leave things to fate, it even lets you search by 'born on the same day as me' and 'it's their birthday'. It also has a free app for iPhone, Android and via Amazon. It also has add-ons with extra features, such as the ability to go online in 'unavailable' mode and request read receipts, though these add to the cost. Watch out, as Match. Its basic free version lets you set up a profile, search its members, send 'winks' and see photo albums, though you'll need a paid subscription to send and receive emails and instant messages.
Founded by TV presenter Sarah Beeny, all its profiles are written by friends. Its unusual approach to online dating makes it handy if you'd rather not jump into the online dating scene on your own.
I have to vouch for mysinglefriend. Me and my girlfriends had a lot of fun on it last year when we were all single, and met some genuinely nice, funny, gorgeous, intelligent people - and we knew they weren't nutters! It's a well-designed and simple to use site - highly recommended. It will take more time for the pal you've enlisted to brag about what a fabulous, kind, fun person you are.
It's easy to view others' profiles on the site before you even sign up. Your pal can search the site and suggest possible Ms or Mr Rights. There's also an iOS app available. Watch out - its memberships auto-renew, unless they're bought by a friend as a gift subscription.
If you want to cancel, it's told us you need to do this through your online account, giving 24 hours' notice before the next payment's due. Your first payment's taken in a single instalment rather than monthly. You can sign up for a limited free profile, and there's no time limit on this. It lets you search its members, get recommendations from friends, and see who's sent you messages - though you need a paid membership to read and reply to 'em. After years of internet dating, dating through friends and trying to meet people wherever I could, I eventually met my boyfriend.
The thing that worked for me was Guardian Soulmates, as people seemed fairly well-educated. However snobby it sounds, it was important for me.
If you like geeky boys, it's a good start point. Signing up for a basic profile takes about 10 minutes, though you may feel pressure to take longer penning a super-witty strapline and profile.
You can then add more details and a picture later. If you prefer to pick people based on what they've written, rather than a scientific equation, this is the site to use. One tip is if you keep updating your profile, it will rise to the top of search results. Watch out as its subscriptions auto-renew as standard, though its told us you can cancel at any time via a button on its 'your account' page. Free membership lets you add a profile, search its members, receive some messages and reply with a one-line standard response, and there's no time limit to this.
Yet paid membership's needed to send and receive all messages, do advanced searches, and see other users' gallery pictures. Thanks to eHarmony I met my other half and we're getting married in March. Allows same sex searches? Yes, but on a separate site, Compatible Partners.
Both - eHarmony app available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions for this, as there are over in its questionnaire. Hopefully it'll be time well invested if you find a match. The site is good if you're nervous about setting up a profile, as it offers gentle guidance while you write your spiel.
It's at the pricier end of dating sites. The site offers different prices to different members. It lets you sign up, look at profiles and send 'icebreakers' for nowt, but you need a paid membership to send and receive messages.
Zoosk is particularly popular with those wanting to date online via their smartphone or Facebook profile, though you can also access it via the web. A customer service team to help with issues.
Quick questions How long does it take to set up a profile? This is a quick one. It takes about 10 minutes to register and answer a few questions. You can also sign up via Facebook, which is even quicker. Zoosk attracts social networking fans, as it encourages members to link profiles to Facebook and Twitter.
This - along with its photo verification tool, which it claims helps eliminate catfishing - can help you give confidence in potential dates, though make sure you're happy about sharing your profile information first. Watch out as memberships auto-renew, though you can opt for them just to expire.
To cancel, visit the subscription hub under the settings tab. It also has free apps for both iPhone and Android , and via Amazon. A trial membership is free and last indefinitely. It lets you create a profile, search other profiles, initiate a conversation and even receive responses for nowt. But if you want to respond to an email, see who's looked at your profile, and get full access to chat with others, you'll need a paid membership.
If you want to look for love in a more specific way, the following sites are targeted at particular audiences. Lovestruck requires you to answer a few questions, then write at least 50 words about yourself.
If you fully complete every question, for example, on your favourite books and films, you'll be there for about an hour. It also has free dating apps for both iPhone and Android.
Membership also gets you discounted entry to its events, such as bowling, comedy and quiz nights. If you buy a package, eg, three or six months, you can't get a refund if you meet someone special before the period's up. Beware - Lovestruck auto-renews your membership for as long as your initial subscription term. You'll need to contact it separately to cancel at least two working days before it's due to renew, read more.
Non-members can add a profile and browse others' profiles indefinitely, as well as send 'winks', but you'll need to pay to send and receive messages. Plus, it's free to download the app. Also, there are a number of free singles events you can attend, more info on the Lovestruck website. JDate brings together thousands of single men and women from across the Jewish community.
As well as letting you add your religious background eg, Hassidic, Modern Orthodox, Traditional , it also allows non-Jewish daters, who can specify whether or not they're willing to convert. I met my girlfriend 18 months ago on JDate and we're very happy, bought a house together It takes just 20 minutes to complete a basic profile.
You just need to answer some generic questions such as "how often do you visit a synagogue? It has a free apps for iPhone, and Android, so you can check your membership on the go.
Watch out as its memberships auto-renew, though you can turn this off via your account online, or by calling its customer services team.
You can join for free to create a profile and search matches, though you'll need a membership to send, read and reply to emails and instant messages.
There's no time limit to how long you can access this for free. Christian Connection is owned and run by Christians, and caters for those looking for both friendships and relationships.
It lets you specify your faith further if you wish eg, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Quaker etc. Online Dating Association member? Yes, but it has only a small number of same-sex daters.
It also has a space for its users to say more about their spiritual journeys and inspirations on their profile. For this, you can start up to 30 conversations a day, make unlimited board posts, get live chat and priority support. See Christian Connection for info. If you sign up for a one-month or three-month membership, watch out as these auto-renew.
Its year-long membership is taken as a one-off payment, and doesn't auto-renew. Christian Connection says you can cancel an auto-renewal via its 'subscription' tab, or email its support team to do this. Its three-day free trial lets you send five messages a day and search its members. After, it converts to a basic version that doesn't let you send messages, though you can respond with some preset messages.
Creating a basic profile should take about 10 minutes but there are also a host of outdoorsy-themed questions about your likes, dislikes and interests. Anyone for polo or clay pigeon shooting?
Helpfully, Muddy Matches has confirmed memberships don't auto-renew - when your subscription ends you simply revert back to being a free member. There's also a free Muddy Matches app for both iPhone and Android mobiles.
This site's a member of the industry trade body, the Online Dating Association. If you paid for your subscription by card, it will automatically be renewed before it expires.
To make sure this doesn't happen, cancel automatic renewal at least 48 hours before your current subscription ends. If you do this, you'll simply revert back to free membership. It's free to register - as a free member you can add a profile, search for other members, and see who's visited your profile, and there's no time limit on this.
But to access or send messages, you'll need a paid membership. If you're a mum or dad, Dating for Parents is a good way to meet other singles with children. There's no stress over how to broach the subject of little'uns, as you're both in the same situation.
The profile is just a few paragraphs long, so should only take 10 minutes. You then fill out a multiple choice form on your personality, hobbies and interests. You can upload up to 12 pictures and if you're feeling confident, record a video message. It usually takes 20 minutes for your photo to be approved.
You can send potential dates emails, quick instant messages or just 'wink' at them. If you're not feeling creative, it lets you pick an icebreaker greeting from a selection eg, "Howdy, catchy profile! As a basic member, you can browse profiles but if you want to contact other members, you need to pay. Any others you'd like us to review? Add your suggestions in the forum. We think it's important you understand the strengths and limitations of the site.
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Even after the appearance of smartphones, network operators have continued to offer information services, although in some places, those services have become less common.
Mobile phones generally obtain power from rechargeable batteries. There are a variety of ways used to charge cell phones, including USB , portable batteries, mains power using an AC adapter , cigarette lighters using an adapter , or a dynamo. In , the first wireless charger was released for consumer use.
Various initiatives, such as the EU Common External Power Supply have been announced to standardize the interface to the charger, and to promote energy efficiency of mains-operated chargers. A star rating system is promoted by some manufacturers, where the most efficient chargers consume less than 0.
A popular early mobile phone battery was the nickel metal-hydride NiMH type, due to its relatively small size and low weight. Lithium ion batteries are also used, as they are lighter and do not have the voltage depression due to long-term over-charging that nickel metal-hydride batteries do.
Many mobile phone manufacturers use lithium—polymer batteries as opposed to the older lithium-ion, the main advantages being even lower weight and the possibility to make the battery a shape other than strict cuboid. The SIM card is approximately the size of a small postage stamp and is usually placed underneath the battery in the rear of the unit.
The SIM securely stores the service-subscriber key IMSI used to identify a subscriber on mobile telephony devices such as mobile phones and computers. The SIM card allows users to change phones by simply removing the SIM card from one mobile phone and inserting it into another mobile phone or broadband telephony device.
A SIM card contains its unique serial number, internationally unique number of the mobile user IMSI , security authentication and ciphering information, temporary information related to the local network, a list of the services the user has access to and two passwords PIN for usual use and PUK for unlocking.
SIM cards are available in three standard sizes. The first is the size of a credit card Most cards of the two smaller sizes are supplied as a full-sized card with the smaller card held in place by a few plastic links; it can easily be broken off to be used in a device that uses the smaller SIM. Those cell phones that do not use a SIM card have the data programmed into their memory. This data is accessed by using a special digit sequence to access the "NAM" as in "Name" or number programming menu.
However, to prevent the phone being accidentally disabled or removed from the network, the Service Provider typically locks this data with a Master Subsidiary Lock MSL. The MSL also locks the device to a particular carrier when it is sold as a loss leader. Most phones purchased outside the U. The cost to unlock a phone varies but is usually very cheap and is sometimes provided by independent phone vendors.
A hybrid mobile phone can take more than one SIM card, even of different types. From onwards they became popular in India and Indonesia and other emerging markets,  attributed to the desire to obtain the lowest on-net calling rate. In Q3 , Nokia shipped 18 million of its low cost dual SIM phone range in an attempt to make up lost ground in the higher end smartphone market. Mobile phones have a display device , some of which are also touch screens. The screen size varies greatly by model and is usually specified either as width and height in pixels or the diagonal measured in inches.
Some mobiles have more than one display, for example the Kyocera Echo , an Android smartphone with a dual 3. The screens can also be combined into a single 4.
Mobile phones have central processing units CPUs , similar to those in computers, but optimised to operate in low power environments.
Mobile CPU performance depends not only on the clock rate generally given in multiples of hertz  but also the memory hierarchy also greatly affects overall performance.
Because of these problems, the performance of mobile phone CPUs is often more appropriately given by scores derived from various standardized tests to measure the real effective performance in commonly used applications. Other features that may be found on mobile phones include GPS navigation , music MP3 and video MP4 playback, RDS radio receiver, built-in projector, vibration and other "silent" ring options, alarms, memo recording, personal digital assistant functions, ability to watch streaming video , video download, video calling , built-in cameras 1.
The first smartphone was the Nokia Communicator [ dubious — discuss ] in which added PDA functionality to the basic mobile phone at the time. As miniaturization and increased processing power of microchips has enabled ever more features to be added to phones, the concept of the smartphone has evolved, and what was a high-end smartphone five years ago, is a standard phone today. Nokia and the University of Cambridge demonstrated a bendable cell phone called the Morph.
The vibrations flow through the cheek bones or forehead allowing the user to hear the conversation. This is useful in the noisy situations or if the user is hard of hearing. These phones can only be used with a service plan from the same company.
For example, a Verizon phone cannot be used with a T-Mobile service, and vica versa. A multi-mode phone operates across different standards whereas a multi-band phone also known more specifically as dual , tri or quad band mobile phone is a phone which is designed to work on more than one radio frequency.
Hackers are able to track a phone's location, read messages, and record calls, just by knowing the phone number. Mobile phone use while driving, including talking on the phone, texting, or operating other phone features, is common but controversial. It is widely considered dangerous due to distracted driving. Being distracted while operating a motor vehicle has been shown to increase the risk of accidents. In March , a U.
In Egypt, Israel, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore, both handheld and hands-free use of a mobile phone which uses a speakerphone is banned. In other countries, including the UK and France and in many U.
A simulation study at the University of Utah found a sixfold increase in distraction-related accidents when texting. Due to the increasing complexity of mobile phones, they are often more like mobile computers in their available uses. This has introduced additional difficulties for law enforcement officials when attempting to distinguish one usage from another in drivers using their devices.
This is more apparent in countries which ban both handheld and hands-free usage, rather than those which ban handheld use only, as officials cannot easily tell which function of the mobile phone is being used simply by looking at the driver.
This can lead to drivers being stopped for using their device illegally for a phone call when, in fact, they were using the device legally, for example, when using the phone's incorporated controls for car stereo, GPS or satnav. A study reviewed the incidence of mobile phone use while cycling and its effects on behaviour and safety.
Accidents involving a driver being distracted by talking on a mobile phone have begun to be prosecuted as negligence similar to speeding. New Zealand has banned hand-held cell phone use since 1 November Many states in the United States have banned texting on cell phones while driving. Illinois became the 17th American state to enforce this law.
This database of laws provides a comprehensive view of the provisions of laws that restrict the use of mobile communication devices while driving for all 50 states and the District of Columbia between when first law was passed, through December 1, The dataset contains information on 22 dichotomous, continuous or categorical variables including, for example, activities regulated e.
In , an estimated pedestrians were injured in the US while using a cellphone and some jurisdictions have attempted to ban pedestrians from using their cellphones. The effect of mobile phone radiation on human health is the subject of recent [ when? Mobile phones use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range, which some believe may be harmful to human health.
A large body of research exists, both epidemiological and experimental, in non-human animals and in humans. The majority of this research shows no definite causative relationship between exposure to mobile phones and harmful biological effects in humans.
This is often paraphrased simply as the balance of evidence showing no harm to humans from mobile phones, although a significant number of individual studies do suggest such a relationship, or are inconclusive. Other digital wireless systems , such as data communication networks, produce similar radiation. On 31 May , the World Health Organization stated that mobile phone use may possibly represent a long-term health risk,   classifying mobile phone radiation as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" after a team of scientists reviewed studies on mobile phone safety.
Some recent [ when? Lennart Hardell and other authors of a meta-analysis of 11 studies from peer-reviewed journals concluded that cell phone usage for at least ten years "approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same 'ipsilateral' side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use".
In May , preliminary findings of a long-term study by the U. A study by the London School of Economics found that banning mobile phones in schools could increase pupils' academic performance, providing benefits equal to one extra week of schooling per year. The average user replaces their mobile phone every 11 to 18 months,  and the discarded phones then contribute to electronic waste. Mobile phone manufacturers within Europe are subject to the WEEE directive , and Australia has introduced a mobile phone recycling scheme.
According to the Federal Communications Commission , one out of three robberies involve the theft of a cellular phone. All mobile phones have a unique identifier called IMEI. Anyone can report their phone as lost or stolen with their Telecom Carrier, and the IMEI would be blacklisted with a central registry. There are, however, a number of ways to circumvent a blacklist.
One method is to send the phone to a country where the telecom carriers are not required to implement the blacklisting and sell it there,  another involves altering the phone's IMEI number. New standards beyond 4G are currently being developed by standardization bodies, but they are at this time seen as under the 4G umbrella, not for a new mobile generation.
Demand for metals used in mobile phones and other electronics fuelled the Second Congo War , which claimed almost 5. The profits from the minerals finance the bloodiest conflict since the second world war; the war has lasted nearly 20 years and has recently flared up again. For the last 15 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been a major source of natural resources for the mobile phone industry.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see Cell Phone film. For the film, see Handphone film. For the mobile personal computer, see Smartphone. History of mobile phones. Cellular network and WiFi.
List of best-selling mobile phones and List of mobile phone makers by country. Mobile banking and Mobile payment. Branchless banking and Contactless payment. Cellphone surveillance and Mobile phone tracking. Mobile phones and driving safety and Texting while driving.
Mobile phone radiation and health. Nomophobia and Mobile phone overuse. Mobile phone use in schools. Almost 40 percent of the world's population - 2. The developing world is home to about million female Internet users and million male Internet users. The developed world is home to about million female Internet users and million male Internet users.
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