Cell Phone

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Posted by kaori 03/03/2009 @ 21:09

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Texting Boston Trolley Driver Fired After Crash - FOXNews
Under the new policy, operators caught talking or text-messaging on a cell phone will be discharged immediately. There will be a 10-day suspension for a first offense of carrying a phone or PDA. A second offense will be punished by a 30-day suspension...
House to teen drivers: stay off the phone - Houston Chronicle
2009 AP AUSTIN, Texas — Texas teens may soon have to drop the cell phone and keep their hands on the wheel while driving. The Texas House on Thursday tentatively approved a measure that would ban teens under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while...
DA: Driver who killed cop was drunk, on cell phone - Newsday
BY SUSANA ENRIQUEZ | susana.enriquez@newsday.com A Plainview man accused of driving drunk when he crashed his car into a Suffolk County police officer, killing the cop, was also on his cell phone at the time, according to an indictment upgrading the...
More cell phone companies to begin selling Netbooks - Examiner.com
AT&T has already begun selling Netbooks at stores on the east coast with great success so it is really not a shock that other cell phone providers are trying to capitalize on the craze. Verizon Wireless is supposedly jumping into the fray with AT&T and...
My Side Of The Story: Gibbs And The Cell Phones - CBS News
Intense, that is, until a reporter John Gizzi's cell phone began chiming one of those vaguely familiar ring tones which have become this era's elevator music. Spokesman Robert Gibbs looked up and said, "just put it on vibrate man....
Skydeck mobile in-box mashes in Google Voice - CNET News
The gist is that you keep your original cell phone number (which otherwise you would have to change to use Google Voice). Skydeck will forward your missed calls to Google Voice, which can then route them to your other phones (landline, work, etc....
New effort to rein in cell phone towers - YourNabe.com
By Helen Klein Local representatives have taken their first step toward curbing the proliferation of cell phone towers in the city's residential areas. City Council Member Vincent Gentile was a prime co−sponsor of legislation which would require...
House oks ban on cell phones in school zones - El Paso Times
Drivers would be prohibited from talking on cell phones or typing text messages in active school zones. The measure would allow the use of hands-free devices, and would allow drivers to escape the fine if they could prove they were using the phone in...
Metro cell phone service plan faces gaps - Washington Examiner
Metro riders will still hear silence on their phones even when Metro extends cell phone service in its underground rail system later this year. The transit agency plans to expand cell phone service to include more carriers in the 20 busiest rail...
Two men charged in cell phone fraud scheme - Kansas City Star
By JOE LAMBE Sprint customers who got their cell phone bills reduced in a fraud scheme apparently will get away with it, but two men who allegedly were the ringleaders face charges. Johnson County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Missouri man with...

Cell Phone (film)

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Cell Phone (simplified Chinese: 手机; traditional Chinese: 手機; pinyin: shŏujī) is an award-winning Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You, Zhang Guoli, Xu Fan and Fan Bingbing. It was first released on 18 December 2003 in Mainland China, and was subsequently screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival on 18 March 2005. With a box office earning of over ¥50 million, Cell Phone became the best-selling domestic film in 2003.

Written by Liu Zhenyun, based on his own novel of the same title, the film revolves around two successful men whose marriages were wrecked when their wives uncovered their extramarital affairs through traces left in their cellphones. More broadly, the film explores the role of cellphones in interpersonal relationships in modern China, where the rapid development in information technology is having huge impacts on the way people communicate.

The story is set primarily in urban Beijing. Yan Shouyi (played by Ge You) is a TV host who has an affair with Wu Yue (Fan Bingbing), a young and attractive woman working in publishing. Yan diligently erases all text messages and call records between him and Wu on his cellphone before he gets home everyday, in order to avoid detection by his wife Yu Wenjuan (Lu Zhang). One night, after telling Yu that he has a work meeting with Fei Mo (Zhang Guoli), a TV producer and Yan's superior, Yan rendezvous with Wu and switches off his cellphone. Not being able to reach Yan a while later, Yu calls Fei, who has been in the know of Yan's affair, and asks about the work meeting. However, before he realizes the situation, Fei slips that he is not with Yan. Yu hastily hangs up.

Sensing something amiss, Fei immediately tries to contact the former but to no avail. When Yan finally reaches home, he is confronted by Yu but insists that he has been with Fei. Yu then uses Yan's cellphone to call Fei, who immediately upon answering blurts out his warning that Yu has called him in her effort to contact Yan. Yu subsequently finds a love-bite on Yan's neck, left by Wu. They divorce shortly after.

Months later, during a training program at a local arts academy, Yan meets teacher Shen Xue (Xu Fan) and the two soon fall in love. They move in together and look like they are on their way to marriage. However, at this time, the launching ceremony of Fei's latest book sees Yan and Wu's path crossed again. On the other hand, Fei, who has always advised Yan that affairs are "trouble", is lured into troubles himself when a female fan makes advances on him. The two arrange to rendezvous in a hotel room. Shortly after, Fei's wife finds out and divorces him, even though he maintains that he did go to the hotel but never went up to the room. It will not take long for Shen to uncover Yan's affair as well, and the two eventually split.

The popularity of Cell Phone among the cinema-goers is evident in its strong box office performance. Having achieved ¥50 million in box office within a month after release (US$6.4 million in total according to Business Week), the film became the best-selling domestic production in 2003. The film also clinched all three top awards at the 2004 Hundred Flowers Awards, which is based on viewer voting. However, it failed to bag any award or even acquire nomination for any of the major awards at the jury-based Golden Rooster Awards in the same year. According to Golden Rooster's leading juror Zhong Chengxiang, albeit being popular among viewers, Cell Phone lacked in "class and style". Producer Wang Zhongjun retorted that viewers' approval is of the utmost importance and rejected the Golden Rooster as an award that has "not a single bit of commercial driving force". On the other hand, the official Huabiao Awards gave out an unprecedented special award to Cell Phone for its achievements in "market development", signifying official recognition of the market forces and taste of the masses.

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Message in a Cell Phone

Message in a Cell Phone is a 2000 movie directed by Eric Hendershot.

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Cell phone tour

Audio tours provide pre-recorded audio interpretation to visitors of museums, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, and national parks as well as many other venues. Traditional audio tours require the exhibitor to provide guests with the equipment needed to hear the content, such as an audio wand or MP3 player. Cell phone audio tours however, leverage the fact that most visitors already have the equipment needed to take the audio tour, being their cell phones. There are however, many reasons why venues choose not to implement the traditional audio tours. Mainly due to the capital expenditures needed to purchase the equipment; along requiring additional manpower to distribute and maintain the equipment. Another reason is to reduce customer hassle, as far as standing in line or paying and waiting for the needed wands or MP3 players. Some venues also simply can’t afford enough equipment to satisfy all of their customers. In almost every group that visits a museum at least one of the members will own a cell phone. By implementing a cell phone audio tour, visitors with phones are able learn about whatever they want at their own pace. This is referred to as snacking on the information, such as (OnCell Snacking), choosing individual exhibits of interest to learn more about.

Creating a cell phone tour is fun and simple, furthermore can be done by basically anyone. Most sites will repurpose existing audio content, or some will record new content either by phone or computer recording. Once the content has been recorded, it can be quickly uploaded to the appropriate field on a provided web interface and the tour is ready to go live. The better providers of this service will enable you to view and export real time statistics on the tour through your web interface. These statistics will include information such as: call duration, average call length over all and per stop, number of unique calls, and average number of calls per day, these statistics are all usually represented graphically for easy interpretation. Each venue is assigned a dial in number to market to their visitors. This phone number and the appropriate stop number, can then be put on a small sign and placed next the exhibit. Once a visitor has dialed in, they will be prompted and can enter the corresponding stop number of the exhibit they’re viewing, to hear the recorded content. Most providers will allow their customers an unlimited number of stops, with up to two hours of recorded content. These tours also enable the visitors to: fast forward, rewind, pause, as well as leave a feedback message for each exhibit or the whole tour; simply by pressing a number. Due to the number of American cell phone owners and the flexibility in new phone plans, these tours have proven successful for venues of all sizes. Aside from just audio content, some providers are also able to stream video, and text message recent visitors with updates. This system is very simple to use, yet enjoyable for both the visitors as well as the venue staff.

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Cell phone industry in China

China's cell phone industry has continuous high growth rate, raising its share on the global cell phone market. 600 million cell phones were made in China in 2007 which accounted for over 50% of the global production.

The domestic sales of cell phone made a breakthrough of 100 million in China in 2006.

In 2007, the domestic sales of cell phone in china were 190 million, increased by 74% as compared with 2007. The impetus mainly came from the rapid growth of new mobile phone users and old customers' upgrading demands. Of 190 million cell phones, 140 million were made through formal channels, while the rest were made through informal channels such as smuggling, counterfeiting and renovating.

For year of 2007, sales volume had reached about 23 billion USD, increased by 17% as compared with 2006. The drop of cell phones' average price made the increment of sales volume lower than the increment of sales because mobile communication company vigorously promoted the sales of cell phones binding to their service which have lower price.

The export volume of China's cell phones added up to a record high of 385 million in 2006, increased by 69.3% as compared with 2005. In 2007, this figure reached 483 million, increased by 125.45% as compared with 2006. As far as 2006, the export volume had reached 31.214 billion USD, increased by 52.47% as compared with 2005. The export volume of 2007 was 35.6 billion dollars, increased by 114.01% as compared with 2006.

The latest 2-3 years' development trend has showed that the mainland market is developing in two directions, one of which is the extremely low price cell phones in emerging rural market; the other is multimedia cell phones with diverse functions such as mobile television, MP3 and GPS.

China's cell phone market is dominated by products with price under 2000 RMB yuan (about 290 dollars). Products at this price have accounted for 60% of the whole cell phone market, competing with China's local brands, informal cell phones and international brands.

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Source : Wikipedia