Meaning of “mobile phone” in the English Dictionary

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"mobile phone" in British English

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mobile phonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌməʊ.baɪl ˈfəʊn/ us /ˌmoʊ.bəl ˈfoʊn/ mainly UK US usually cell phone

A1 a phone that is connected to the phone system by radio instead of by a wire, and can be used anywhere its signals can be received

Examples

  • A company car and a mobile phone are some of the perks that come with the job.
  • Just then, his mobile phone rang.
  • His latest toy is a mobile phone.
  • They invested heavily in 3G mobile phone networks.

Examples from literature

  • But sometimes we spend it on things we don’t really need: an expensive pair of shoes, the newest mobile phone, or the biggest TV screen. 

(Definition of “mobile phone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mobile phone" in Business English

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mobile phonenoun [ C ]

uk us

IT, COMMUNICATIONS a phone which is connected to the phone system by radio instead of by a wire, and can be used anywhere that signals can be received:

on/from a mobile phone Everyone was filming the event on their mobile phones.
mobile phone operator/company/network The country's largest mobile phone operator announced a new high-speed network.
mobile phone application/software/technology The next generation of mobile phone technology brought advances in video messaging.
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(Definition of “mobile phone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)