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By Amanda C. Kooser

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Now that you've gotten used to sending text messages fromyour cell phone, a new advance has arrived. Mobile MultimediaMessaging (MMS) goes beyond letters and numbers into pictures,video and sound. Photo messaging is, basically, an outgrowth ofMMS. The services are rudimentary in the United States, but couldbe a welcome addition to the mobile arsenal for those who haveembraced text messaging and built-in cameras.

The Samsung p735, released on the T-Mobile system, is an exampleof an MMS phone that is fairly new on the market and a sign ofthings to come from all manufacturers. The p735 features a1-megapixel digital camera, video recorder, MP3 player, 64MB ofmemory and the ability to accept memory cards--all in an unusualswivel design. Early adopters will have a field day. Others maywant to hold off until its nearly $500 price tag drops.

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