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Smartphones are the brainier mobile choice.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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A plain-Jane mobile phone doesn't cut it anymore.Smartphones, those hybrid PDA/ phone devices, are in a salesupswing. They're especially favored by on-the-go entrepreneursand their mobile employees because they reduce the amount ofhardware to be hauled around and provide Internet access.

It's easy to get sticker shock, though, from the $400-plusprice tags on many smartphones. Of course, you're getting aphone, a PDA and mobile e-mail, and your smartphone can even standin for a laptop on some trips. Some smartphones are fillingspecific niches. Sprint, for example, has addressed the securityconcerns raised by having phones with digital cameras roamingfreely about offices. It offers a version of the Treo 600smartphone that's camera-free (cost: about $600, street price)per device.

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