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What is SMS Commonly known as 'text messaging' The Short Message Service (SMS), is a system for sending short messages to and from mobile phones defined within the GSM digital mobile phone standard that is popular in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and some parts of North America.
What is USSD Unstructured Supplementary Services Data (USSD) is a means of transmitting information or instructions over a GSM network. USSD has some similarities with SMS since both use the GSM network's signaling path. Unlike SMS, USSD is not a store and forward service and is session-oriented such that when a user accesses a USSD service, a session is established and the radio connection stays open until the user, application, or time out releases it. This has more in common with Data than SMS. USSD text messages can be up to 182 characters in length.
What is Cell Broadcast Cell Broadcast is designed for simultaneous delivery of messages to multiple users in a specified area. Whereas the Short Message Service (SMS) is a one-to-one and one-to-a-few service, Cell Broadcast is one-to-many geographically focused service. It enables messages to be communicated to multiple mobile phone customers who are located within a given part of its network coverage area at the time the message is broadcast. Cell Broadcast is more akin to other mass distribution media such as teletext or Radio Data System (RDS).
What is WAP The Wireless Application Protocol incorporates a relatively simple micro-browser into the mobile phone. As such, WAP’s requirement for only limited resources on the mobile phone makes it suitable for today’s standard small screened handsets.
What is 3G The Third Generation of mobile communications systems will soon by implemented. Following on the heals of analog and digital technology, the Third Generation will be digital mobile multimedia offering broadband mobile communications with voice, video, graphics, audio and other information.
What is GPRS The General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a new nonvoice value added service that allows information to be sent and received across a mobile telephone network. It supplements today’s Circuit Switched Data and Short Message Service. GPRS is NOT related to GPS (the Global Positioning System), a similar acronym that is often used in mobile contexts.
What is Bluetooth Bluetooth is an alliance between mobile communications and mobile computing companies to develop a short-range communications standard allowing wireless data communications at ranges of about 10 meters.
What is Instant Messaging Instant Messaging is a cross between chat and email that allows people to view a listing of people they frequently communicate with, determine if these people are currently available for communication (i.e. online), and send and receive messages instantaneously. The tendency is to send instant messages to people rather than emails if you find that they are online.
What is VoiceXML VoiceXML is a Web-based markup language for representing human-computer dialogs, just like HTML.  But while HTML assumes a graphical web browser, with display, keyboard, and mouse, VoiceXML is assumes a voice browser with audio output (computer-synthesized and/or recorded), and audio input (voice and/or keypad tones).  VoiceXML leverages the Internet for voice application development and delivery, greatly simplifying these difficult tasks and creating new opportunities.
What is XML XML is a simpler version of the page description language SGML of which HTML is a derivative. Like HTML XML uses descriptive tags to describe the information elements. Unlike HTML the descriptive tags used by XML (elements like <body> and < frame> in HTML) are not fixed and can be freely defined or extend, hence the name extensible markup language.

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