Web phone


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Web phone

(1) A cellphone with Web access. Most cellphones are Internet capable and have access to the Web, email and other Internet facilities. Internet data plans have separate fees from voice plans. See smartphone.

(2) Using the Internet to make a telephone call. See IP phone and softphone.
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