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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "Airplane Mode"?

Airplane Mode is a feature found on virtually all modern mobile devices and cuts out all radio activity on a device, leaving all other features intact. As the name suggests, this mode is typically used for flights, where radio communicating equipment such as the Wi-Fi and cellular radios can cause issues. With airplane mode (or flight mode) on, you will be unable to take calls, send messages/emails, or browse the internet. You will however be able to do other smartphone tasks such as use the calendar/organizer, listen to music, watch movies stored on the device, and take photos with the camera.

Also known as: "Flight Mode"

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