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A Bright Idea?

Are 2.5G phones really as smart as they're supposed to be? Judge for yourself.

This story appears in the October 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The mobile phone industry is sweating just a little because more people are now hanging onto their phones longer. What's the point of upgrading when your current one works fine on America's limited- bandwidth networks? That's where technology temptation is stepping in. Internet-capable--aka 2.5G--smartphones are the next big leap for all regular mobile phone users.

But it should take more than just bells and whistles to separate your money from your capital expense budget. If an upgrade helps you and your employees work more efficiently, that's fine--you can definitely justify the investment. Be sure, however, to take a closer look.

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