A 'smart phone' is a common term used for digital wireless phones that are capable of sending and receiving data messages in addition to voice messages. Nearly all PCS wireless phones are smart phones, as are a few digital cellular phones. They offer such features as micro-web browsers, voice and e-mail, and the ability to receive faxes. Some have paging capabilities and a two-way radio. High-end models might even have a built-in personal digital assistant, or PDA, that's capable of storing a phone and address book, calendar, and memo file. Due to the incompatibility of digital wireless network technologies, your choice of smart phones may be limited. In fact, if you live in a rural area, they may not even be available yet. One obvious advantage is that you only need one device to handle all your mobile needs. Indeed, the micro-web browser feature allows you to access stock reports, headline news, and sports scores, as well as weather conditions and horoscopes. Data functions are still limited, though wireless service providers and internet companies are working to improve and expand on what's currently available. Its best advantage, however, can also be a great disadvantage. If your phone is misplaced or stolen, you instantly lose all of your stored information.
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