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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 "femto cell"?

A femto cell is a device used to improve mobile network coverage in small areas. Femto cells connect locally to mobile phones and similar devices through their normal GSM, CDMA, or UMTS connections, and then route the connections over a broadband internet connection back to the carrier, bypassing the normal cell towers that are arrayed across the countryside. Unlike UMA, femto cells require no special hardware or software support on the mobile devices they connect to.

Also known as: "femto"

See Also: UMA

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