hand·​set | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌset How to pronounce handset (audio) \

Definition of handset

: a combined telephone transmitter and receiver mounted on a handheld device

Examples of handset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same leaker who provided most of the aforementioned Galaxy Z Fold 4 details also listed the handset’s main specs. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 June 2022 Kenzzi's handset device is quite popular, especially among YouTube vloggers. Tatiana Velasco, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 In 2009, the team at BitBoys also ended up working at Qualcomm after AMD sold its handset division to the mobile chip company. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 3 May 2022 Then, earlier this week, Google wiped the handset remotely, erasing the buyer’s data along with it. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 June 2022 How does the handset compare to the competition in 2022? Ewan Spence, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Other mobile wallets don't get to access the handset's tap-to-pay functionality. David Meyer, Fortune, 2 May 2022 For example, companies in sectors like consumer goods, utilities, banks, mobile handset and SIM distribution, IoT and retail can extend their brand to include mobile services. Mohan Kumar Sundaram, Forbes, 19 May 2022 As a result, the handset will be easier to use when folded. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handset

1901, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Handset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handset. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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