Dictionary and Terminology

A

archive
See archive file and archive folder.
archive file
A file in the archive folder where SonicHANDY saves your data (messages, contacts, etc) for archiving purposes.
archive folder
A folder on your disk where SonicHANDY saves your data (messages, contacts, etc) to the archive files. Usually "%Current_User%\%Application_Data%\SonicHANDY\data".
Archive&Delete
SonicHANDY command which saves (archives) certain messages, and after successful saving deletes them in order to free phone memory.

B

Bluetooth
Bluetooth is an open wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances (using short length radio waves) from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs).

C

cell phone
See mobile phone.
cellular phone
See mobile phone.
cleanup of SMS memory
Command to Archive&Delete some of your older SMS messages from the phone, to achieve targeted percentage of free memory. Messages are chosen automatically from Inbox and Sent folders based on timestamp, status and other properties.
COM port
Serial interface used for communication with a device. Every port has it's number. Ports can also be virtual, for example Bluetooth protocol can emulate COM port although it's not physically present.
contact
Information about a person you know, like a name and a phone number, stored in your phone's memory or in your archive.

D

data folder
See archive folder.
device
A mobile phone, or any other network equipment capable of connecting to SonicHANDY (eg. GPRS or EDGE modem).
device report
A special XML info form which describes capabilities of your phone and helps detect incompatibilities with SonicHANDY when sent over to our servers.

E

Enhanced Messaging Service
Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS), is a cross-industry collaboration between Samsung, Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens and Alcatel, among others. It is an application-level extension to Short Message Service (SMS) for cellular phones available on GSM, TDMA and CDMA networks. EMS is an intermediate technology, between SMS and MMS, providing some of the features of MMS. An EMS enabled mobile phone can send and receive messages that have special text formatting (such as bold or italic), animations, pictures, icons, sound effects and special ring tones.

G

GSM

I

international phone number format
A phone number which consists of country code, operator code, and subscriber's phone number. Usually begins with '+', but can also begin with two zeros '00'. Eg. +123456789, or 00123456789.

L

long message
Messages that consist of 2 or more standard SMS messages. Upon reception, these SMS messages are usually automatically concatenated to appear as one long message.

M

Make international
A command which converts non-international phone number to International phone number format.
Make pretty
A command which capitalizes first letter of name and surname of a contact, and trims possible whitespaces.
message
See SMS and long message.
mobile phone
A GSM device equipped with a SIM card. Also known as Cellular phone or Cell phone. Can also refer to a device in general.
mobile telephone
See mobile phone.

P

phone
See mobile phone.
phonebook
A collection of names and associated phone numbers (and possibly some other information) of the people you know, stored in your mobile phone, archive file, or in the program.
phonebook storage
A different kind of memory a phone can store contact information to. For example, "SM" is for SIM card memory, "ME" is for mobile equipment (phone) memory.
phonebook usage statistics
A number assigned to every contact in your phonebook that tells how many SMS messages have you sent to that particular contact since last time statistics were reset.
Poke
SonicHANDY command, a quick way to get to somebody. A short SMS message like "You have been poked!" is sent to the selected contact in order to increase their awareness.
port
Interface used for communication with a device. See COM port.

S

serial port
See COM port.
SIM card
A small identity card which is inserted into mobile phone before a call can be placed, that securely stores the service-subscriber key (IMSI) used to identify a subscriber on mobile telephony devices (such as mobile phones and computers). Can contain other personal information like phonebook contacts (see Phonebook storages), SMS messages etc. Can be easily removed from one mobile phone and inserted in another. Abbreviation for Subscriber Identity Module.
SMS
Abbreviation for Short Message Service. A short text message (usually no more than 160 letters), that can be sent from one mobile phone to another. Long messages can also be sent, but they first must be divided into series of standard SMS messages which are then sent separately and concatenated on reception side.
status area
Part of Windows operating system taskbar, usually next to the clock, where icons of frequently used programs, or programs currently running, reside.
status area icon
Icon of the program placed in the Status area, used for quick access to the program and to display notifications when an action is required, for example when a new message arrives or a call is received.

U

Unicode
A writing system standard, consisting of more than 107'000 characters covering 90 world scripts. Almost every character (letter) currently in use in the world can be presented in Unicode. Essential for proper internationalization of texts, messages, and programs. Heavily utilized in XML documents.

X

XML
A set of rules for encoding documents electronically. XML's design goals emphasize simplicity, generality, and usability. It is a textual data format, with strong support via Unicode for the languages of the world. Although XML's design focuses on documents, it is widely used for the representation of arbitrary data structures. Abbreviation for Extensible Markup Language.
XML document
A document encoded with XML.
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