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Phone Ahead

A new breed of high-tech telephones makes doing business easier than ever.

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If you've resisted tackling the mysteries of the Internet but still want to send and receive e-mail, the next generation of high-tech phones, commonly called "screen phones" or "video phones," have built-in modems and miniature monitors so you can do just that. Or, for those who leave their computers in the office, a screen phone at home allows you to not only pick up e-mail and make calls like a regular telephone but also check your stocks and the latest sports scores.

"The majority of Americans have yet to enjoy the benefits of the Internet, such as e-mail, because they don't own a computer, are not online or are intimidated by it," says Tagni Osentowski of Ft. Worth, Texas-based Uniden America Corp., a wireless communications company that sells screen phones. "A screen phone is a new way to send and receive e-mail without a computer."

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