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Call the Shots

An OS phone gives you all the convenience and flexibility you need.

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This story appears in the June 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As with choosing a PDA, the operating system you choose may become a key buying decision when you pick your next mobile phone. OS phones are familiar as the somewhat clunky (though increasingly svelte) PDA/phone/smartphone combinations running Linux, Palm, Symbian or Windows operating systems. The popularity of OS phones is on the rise, so expect prices to soon be on the slide.

On-the-go entrepreneurs looking to consolidate their mobile devices have a lot to look forward to. OS phones have the potential to replace your BlackBerry, iPod, PDA, cell phone and camera with one small package. The high-end phones that meet those needs now, like the Samsung SCH-i600, run in the $400 to $500 range. That can be a real squeeze for a growing business's tight budget. The good news is that technology market researcher Zelos Group predicts these phones will come down as low as the $150 range by 2006. They also expect sales of these handsets to surpass PC sales the same year.

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