(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?"
Submitted July 2020
Confirmed by 5 people
<p>This is what the Italian Swiss call their phones.</p>