Commonly used Acronyms on the Mobile Huddle
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3G - third generation wireless data networks. These typically provide 'near-broadband' speed.
4G - fourth generation wireless data networks.
AGL - Above Ground Level
AMSL - Above mean sea level
B2B - Business to Business
CC - Customer Care or Credit Card
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access
EDGE - Enhanced Data for Global Evolution - an upgrade to GSM data technology that triples speeds over standard GPRS.
ESN - 'Electronic Serial Number' - unique 8-digit hex number assigned to CDMA units to identify them on a CDMA network, comparable to IMEI numbers on GSM networks. Also see MEID.
ETF - Early Termination Fee - A penalty charged to a customer that ends his/her contract with the carrier early.
EVDO - 'Evolution-Data Optimized', a data transmission standard for near-broadband speed wireless data.
FAN - Foundation Account Number - see wiki about this
GPRS - General Packet Radio Service - early technology to enable data communication on GSM networks. It has since been replaced be better data technologies such as EDGE and 3G
GSM - Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world.
HSDPA - High-Speed Dispatch Enhanced Network - a data technology upgrade for WCDMA / UMTS networks
iDen - Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network - Motorola technology to combine 2-way radio, telephone, text messaging and data transmission onto the same network.
IMEI - 'International Mobile Equipment Identity' - unique 15-digit hex number assigned to GSM units to uniquely identify them. The IMEI identifies a unit, but not a subscriber as in the case of ESN/MEID which provides both service. A subscriber's SIM card delivers the IMSI number, which identifies a subscriber on a GSM network. The IMEI is formatted to identify the origin, model, and serial number of a device.
IMSI - 'International Mobile Subscriber Identity' - stored on a SIM card in GSM networks, this number identifies a subscriber on a GSN network.
IRU - Individual Responsibility User - a customer on a business account that is responsible for their own bill.
MEID - 'Mobile Equipment Identifier' - 14 hex-digit unique identifier assigned to devices on CDMA networks to uniquely identify units. The MEID is replacing the use of ESNs due to shortage of unique 8-digit hex numbers. Also see ESN.
OLAM - Online Account Management (AT&T Wireless term)
PUK / PUC code - Personal Unlocking Key - used in GSM phones. See the unlocking phones wiki
SERO - Sprint Employee Referral Offer - see the Sprint Deals wiki
SIM - Subscriber Identity Module - a small card used in GSM phones to identify an account/user and store some information.
TDMA - Time Division Multiple Access - Successor to Analog technology and precursor to GSM technology
UMTS - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System - European implementation of the 3G system
WAP - Wireless Application Protocol - standard for mobile data applications on a variety of platforms
WCDMA - Wideband CDMA - a 3G technology for data transmission in GSM systems