natel

Italian Switzerland

Word USED Frequently BY Everyone

(n.) This is what the Italian Swiss call their phones.

Note: The word was coined in 1975, when Switzerland introduced a mobile phone service for vehicles: Nationales Auto-TELefonnetz. They continued to develop the Swiss mobile network, and registered the word Natel as a trademark. It remained in use as a brand for the company's services until 2017. In Switzerland, "natel" is still used as a synonym for mobile phone across the country, but like many words with origins in a specific culture, it is unknown to Italian speakers outside of Switzerland.

"Ho dimenticato il natel a casa! E adesso come faccio a chiamare Lucia?"

"I forgot my phone at home! How will I call Lucy now?"


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