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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 "beta"?

Beta is a term used to refer to a piece of software or hardware that has been released for testing. It is not ready for sale or otherwise intended for the general consumer. Companies release beta versions of software and devices in order to obtain feedback from users or to get help tracking down bugs.

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