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Over There!

Your mobile phone's hot to globe-trot.

By Robert J. McGarvey

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Face it: When you're standing in London and everybody isjabbering into cell phones-everyone except you, of course, becauseyours doesn't work overseas-you feel out of it. Worse: You areout of it, because when you lack a mobile phone, you're prettymuch impossible to reach.

That's not just a bummer-it's bad for business. At leastthere are solutions. U.S. mobile-phone makers have decided to offermakeshift global cell phone coverage-often at surprisinglyreasonable rates. For instance, sign up for Nextel Worldwide Service, and calls made whenyou're in Ireland cost 99 cents per minute; in Hong Kong, $1.99per minute-and most other major destinations are in the sameballpark. At press time, Nextel's coverage extended into about80 countries.

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