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Definition: phone


A portable or desk telephone. Today, a phone often refers to a smartphone, and as time passes, the smartphone moniker is evolving into just plain phone. A "telephone" on the other hand often means a desk phone connected to a landline. See telephone, payphone, smartphone and landline.




The Smartphone of the 19th Century
In the late 1800s, this Ericsson phone was just as trailblazing as the iPhone was in 2007. Photo taken at Antoni Gaudi's famous "La Pedrera" apartment house in Barcelona.