Look at these pictures and label them using the words
Directory Car phone Phone card Pay phone Operator
Handset Answering machine Switchboard Mobile phone Memory
Check your answers
Read this newspaper article. Then
answer the questions that follow.
The Mobile Phone Market is Booming
There are now over one million
telephone subscribers in the UK –
the most in Europe.
But Scandinavians are the most
enthusiastic mobile phone users.
Almost one in a hundred Swedes
has a mobile phone compared to
one in five hundred in the UK.
Elsewhere in Europe the use of the
mobile phone has been limited.
The growth in the UK is partly
due to its deregulated
telecommunications market and the
competition this introduced: at the
moment, the cost of owning a
portable phone in the UK is the
cheapest in Europe. Using portable
phones in Sweden is more than
twice as expensive as in the UK
and in France and Germany it
costs almost five times as much.
The introduction of mobile
phones is slowly increasing
Around Europe. The German
Government has authorized a
third cellular network to cope
with the new demand. In Italy a
consortium is competing to
provide the country’s second
system. It has been calculated
there will be 30 million portable
phones in use in Europe by the
year 2000. In Eastern Europe
the figure will be around 1.5
Which of the following statements is
true? If it is false, then correct it.
The UK has the highest percentage of mobile phone
users in Europe.
Mobile phones are more popular in Scandinavia than in
Using a mobile phone in France is five times as
expensive as in Sweden.
By the end of this century, there will be more than one
million portable phones in Eastern Europe.
FalseBy the end of this century, there will be more than 1.5 million
portable phones in Eastern Europe.
Check your answers
A telephone subscriber is –
a person who has a telephone
a person who has shares in the telephone company
a person who works in telecommunications
To cope with a demand is to –
meet and satisfy
to stimulate and encourage it
to provide competition for it
When a market is deregulated –
a standard system has been imposed
prices have been kept as low as possible
government control has been reduced
A consortium is –
a group of companies in competition for a contract
a state authority
a group of companies working together
Choose the best answer to the following.