Cell Phones Do Much More Than Make Calls

By MATT MOORE AP Business Writer

HANOVER, Germany (AP) -- The mobile phone is a phone no more. The new models unveiled at the CeBIT technology show Wednesday let users do far more than just call a friend to catch up.

How about sending them a brief film clip of you standing by a fountain in Rome? Or perhaps a photo of the Eiffel Tower with an image quality so fine it could be blown up and placed in a 10x14-inch frame.

Between a new Samsung handset that sports a seven-megapixel camera _ better resolution than most nonprofessional digital cameras _ and a wide range of mobiles that download and stream music like an MP3 player, cell "phones" are now a lot more than just a keypad and three hours of talk time.

The slew of new features on phones is an astounding leap from just two years ago, when an integrated camera that took fuzzy images was an attention-getter. And since 2002, music and mobiles has meant much more than just ringtones.

All these new bells and whistles have become a big selling point, not just for the makers, but for the carriers who want to increase their revenue.


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