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Smile! Cell phone--camera combos are here. Just don't expect perfect pictures

Thinking of getting your loved one a cell phone this holiday season? Good luck. Cell phones may or may not be hazardous to your health, but choosing one can certainly tax your sanity. You have to select a provider (such as AT&T or Verizon), a make (like Motorola or Nokia) and a plan (weekend minutes or anytime minutes?). Then there are all the bells and whistles. Remember: if the salesclerk asks if you want Java or Brew, he's not offering you a drink but rather a choice between two kinds of software for playing cell-phone games.

At least one choice...

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