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With all these smartphones available, why haul your laptop along?

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have come a long way since those first fumbling steps toward the integration of cell phones and PDAs. Today's phones are elegant, powerful, must-have business accessories for entrepreneurs who want to minimize their mobile devices.

There are a few things to look for when shopping for your dream . If you're happy with your current cellular provider, your options may be limited to devices it supports if you want to avoid paying full price. Still, you should be able to find a smartphone to your liking, regardless of carrier. Expect it to include a keyboard, a , connectivity and e-mail support. Other features, like Wi-Fi connectivity or a built-in GPS receiver, are less common. But if you're hooked on hot spots, you'll still be able to find phones like T-Mobile's Dash, which includes a Wi-Fi transceiver in a reasonably slim 4.2-ounce body.

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