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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 maybecome a key buying decision when you pick your next mobile phone.OS phones are familiar as the somewhat clunky (though increasinglysvelte) PDA/phone/smartphone combinations running Linux, Palm,Symbian or Windows operating systems. The popularity of OS phonesis on the rise, so expect prices to soon be on the slide.

On-the-go entrepreneurs looking to consolidate their mobiledevices have a lot to look forward to. OS phones have the potentialto replace your BlackBerry, iPod, PDA, cell phone and camera withone small package. The high-end phones that meet those needs now,like the Samsung SCH-i600, run in the $400 to $500 range. That canbe a real squeeze for a growing business's tight budget. Thegood news is that technology market researcher Zelos Grouppredicts these phones will come down as low as the $150 range by2006. They also expect sales of these handsets to surpass PC salesthe same year.

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