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Next-generation cell phones kick mobile technology up a notch.

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Next-generation phone services, meet reality. After years of hearing about what our mobile phones will be capable of and watching longingly as countries like Korea and Japan exercise advanced features, we're finally getting a taste of the future right here at home. Third-generation, or 3G, cell-phone networks are starting to roll out across the country.

To find out what all the fuss is about, we looked at a handful of phones that can take advantage of these faster networks. For example, we took the $200 LG VX8000 (all prices vary with contracts) out for a test drive on the Los Angeles portion of Verizon Wireless's EV-DO network. There, Verizon's VCast on-demand video service lets you watch streaming video clips right on your phone. We checked the local weather forecast, caught a short CNN story on social entrepreneurs and got a rundown of the day's headlines.

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