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What is a Triband Watch Phone?

By S. Gonzales
Updated May 17, 2024
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A triband watch phone is a mobile phone that is designed to fit over the wrist like a watch. It operates on three of the four cell phone frequency bands. Its convenience and ability to work in many locations around the world make it a viable alternative to extremely mobile users who don't want to be burdened by cell phones that they have to manually retrieve.

These types of phones can work on three of the four frequency bands. The four bands are 850 megahertz (MHz), 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz. The 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequency bands allow cell phones to operate in North and South America, and the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands can be used by cell phones in Europe, Africa and Asia. A triband watch phone can operate on only three of these bands, so potential users of a triband watch phone should verify that the device is capable of operating on the two bands associated with their primary location.

The features found on a triband watch phone can vary from model to model. There are many ubiquitous features that can be offered on the majority of watch phones, however. Some of these are music, camera and data transfer capabilities as well as liquid crystal display (LCD) screens.

Music options are a popular feature on the triband watch phone. A watch phone can provide many options for listening to music, including the use of MP3, MP4 and MIDI files, FM Radio and Bluetooth® stereo technology. Background play, an equalizer and individual speakers also can be found on a watch phone to make listening to music a more enjoyable experience for the owner.

Some triband watch phones can support data transfer. It's not unusual to find that a watch phone can support data transfer through universal serial bus (USB), a flash disk USB cable and Bluetooth®. These can be beneficial options to those who want to upload or download information from the phone to a separate device.

LCD screens can be touch-screen sensitive, allowing an owner to manipulate the device's functions simply by touching the screen. The LCD screen on a triband watch phone is likely to have a width of approximately 1.4 inches (3.56 cm). Screens are compact in order to make wearing the watch phone easier on the user.

A triband watch phone can boast many of the features found on an advanced cell phone. For example, the camera can be capable of taking video. Videos are likely to be offered in MP4 or 3GP form with a full-screen playback option and can be paused or forwarded. At the same time, some of the features that users are used to seeing on standard cell phones can be found on triband watch phones. Text messaging, alarm clocks and calendar functions are all likely to be found on a watch phone.

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