phone

phone
I. phone phone 1 [fəʊn ǁ foʊn] noun [countable] TELECOMMUNICATIONS
a piece of equipment you use to talk to someone who is in another place; = TELEPHONE — see also answerphone, smartphone
ˌmobile ˈphone , ˌcellular ˈphone also ˈcell phone TELECOMMUNICATIONS
a phone that you can carry with you, which works by using a network of radio stations to pass on signals
word focus - ˌmobile ˈphone
On a mobile phone, you can speak to other people or send someone a text message, which is sent using a system called SMS (short messaging service) Most mobile phones have a camera, allowing you to take photographs or make a video, and some have an MP3 player for listening to music. Third-generation mobile phones, which are often called smartphones, allow you to access the Internet using WAP (wireless action protocol) and to send and receive emails. You can use a mobile phone on a pay-as-you-go basis, which means that you pay money in advance to get credit. When you have used up all your credit, you have to top up your phone (= pay more money ) in order to continue using it. As an alternative, many people choose to have a contract instead. A contract usually lasts for a year or eighteen months and allows you to use your phone for a set number of minutes every month. For this service, you pay a monthly tariff (= fixed amount every month ) and you are usually offered an upgrade (= a newer or better phone ) when you renew your contract.
  [m0] II. phone phone 2 also phone up verb [intransitive, transitive] especially BrE
to make a phone call to someone ; = CALL; PHONE:

• You can phone our customer support line at any time.

• I phoned up yesterday to check if the order had been sent.

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Ⅰ.
phone UK US /fəʊn/ noun [C] COMMUNICATIONS
a piece of electronic equipment which makes it possible for you to speak to someone in another place who has similar equipment, using either electrical signals sent along a system of wires, or radio signals: over the phone »

You can arrange a mortgage online, over the phone, or through a meeting.

by phone »

The company can be reached by phone on this number.

on the phone »

She has spent hours on the phone in recent weeks, talking to negotiators in a labour dispute.

See also CELL PHONE(Cf. ↑cell phone), MOBILE PHONE(Cf. ↑mobile phone), TELEPHONE(Cf. ↑telephone)
Ⅱ.
phone UK US /fəʊn/ verb [I or T] COMMUNICATIONS
to communicate with someone by phone: »

Someone phoned while you were at lunch.

»

Phone him and ask if he's free this afternoon.

See also TELEPHONE(Cf. ↑telephone) verb

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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