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A cell phone is now an integral tool of highway travel as much as a map because you can summon help in case of an accident or breakdown, or use it to find weather and traffic conditions ahead.  Besides 911, there are several cellular-specific numbers such as the Turnpike's *11 or SmarTraveler's #211.  Amazon.com offers one of the largest and most varied inventories for Internet shopping, including cell phones.  You can shop for phones at their site by clicking the graphic at the left or choose from the ones below which work with the Pennsylvania Highways Mobile site at http://mobile.pahighways.com/.

Verizon Wireless Phones
BlackBerry Storm 9530 Phone (Verizon Wireless) BlackBerry Storm
by Research in Motion

The first touchscreen BlackBerry with the ability to change between portrait and landscape modes by turning the handset is perfect for those on the go.  Comes complete with a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and video capture, multimedia functions, e-mail and instant messaging applications, and VZ Navigator with turn-by-turn GPS-enabled directions.  International GSM roaming capabilities and the ability to use the phone as a modem on the fast EV-DO data network for your laptop means you are never out of touch.  The integrated Bluetooth works well with a compatible earpiece or headset for hands-free talking and stereo capabilities.    I have this phone and would recommend it highly.

Weight:  5.3 ounces
Size:  4.5 inches x 2.3 inches x 0.8 inches


LG Dare VX9700 Phone (Verizon Wireless) Dare
by LG

If you have to have the latest technological breakthrough, then consider this multimedia-orientated smartphone with a three-inch touchscreen with handwriting recognition.  It has a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash capable of taking pictures and recording video, stereo Bluetooth-enabled for hands-free talking, microSD compatible for adding memory up to 8 GB, and compatible with V CAST.  What makes it stand out is that it is capable of receiving Verizon's Mobile TV service which is currently available in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as well as other markets nationwide.  V CAST, the multimedia service by Verizon, can be accessed which streams video clips from CNN, ESPN, and AccuWeather amongst others, MP3s and ring tones can be downloaded from the service.

Weight:  3.7 ounces
Size:  4.1 inches x 2.2 inches x 0.5 inches

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AT&T Phones
LG Vu CU920 TV Phone (AT&T) Vu
by LG

A sharp phone that packs a lot into a little.  Bluetooth-enable for use with earpieces, hands-free car kits, and stereo headphones.  A two megapixel digital camera with video recording capability, instant messaging capable with AOL Instant Messenger included, and a built-in Web browser to keep you informed on the go.  Entertainment is in the palm of your hand with AT&T Mobile TV with FLO that provides 150 simulcast and/or time-shifted programs from CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN, and CNN to name a few.

Weight:  3.7 ounces
Size:  4.2 inches x 2.2 inches x 0.5 inches


Samsung BlackJack II Phone (AT&T) Blackjack II
by Samsung

Aside from making calls which can be done via the speakerphone and voice-activated dialing or by a Bluetooth headset, this phone acts like a small PC providing e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, Web browsing, and Microsoft Office mobile applications.   The microSD card slot can increase the memory perfect for taking along MP3s.  Pocket versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Windows Live Messenger keep the phone on top of e-mails, connected to the Internet, and in contact with the office.

Weight:  12.8 ounces
Size:  4.4 inches x 2.3 inches x 0.5 inches

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Sprint/Nextel Phones
Samsung M520 Phone (Sprint) M520
by Samsung

Stay in touch in more ways than one with this quality phone that features a speakerphone for hand-free talking, exchanging e-mail, surfing the Internet, instant messaging, watching TV, or finding your way home.  Thanks to the built-in GPS, Sprint Navigation can provide turn-by-turn directions as well as traffic information.  Sprint TV can keep you abreast of news, weather, and sports from sources such as the NFL Network, ABC, The Weather Channel, and CNN.  Follow the Pittsburgh Steelers or Philadelphia Eagles with the NFL Mobile Live application which allows you to listen to live radio broadcasts of every game.  A 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, Bluetooth stereo, and microSD expansion to 4 GB will keep this phone ahead of the curve.

Weight:  3.0 ounces
Size:  3.5 inches x 1.9 inches x 0.8 inches


BlackBerry Curve 8330 Phone (Sprint) BlackBerry Curve
by Research in Motion

A wireless PDA and cell phone combined with seamless integration of the two.  An integrated QWERTY keyboard makes sending e-mails and editing documents fast.  Supports Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and other POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts, and with the two megapixel camera/camcorder, you can add pictures to your messages quickly.  Being on the EV-DO network, you can download content fast as well as enjoy Sprint TV.  It supports Nextel Direct Connect walkie-talkie service for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a network phone across the country and even into Latin America and Canada.

Weight:  4.0 ounces
Size:  4.6 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.6 inches

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T-Mobile Phones
T-Mobile Sidekick Phone (T-Mobile) Sidekick
by T-Mobile

For those really on the go, the new Sidekick features a slimmer design that previous versions.  Multimedia messaging as well as AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger provides easy and quick communication.  Web browsing is easy and enjoyable with the ability to view full web pages.  The two megapixel camera also doubles as a video camera.  Keep in contact with your five most called numbers with the myFaves service.

Weight:  6.2 ounces
Size:  5.1 inches x 2.5 inches x 0.9 inches


T-Mobile G1 Phone with Google (T-Mobile) G1 with Google
by T-Mobile

The first smartphone to be powered by Google's open-source Android operating system features touchscreen capability and a QWERTY keyboard gives the user a mobile Web experience similar to a PC with application such as Google Maps, GMail, and one-touch Google search.  Customized your home screen to display applications, shortcuts, and widgets.  Bluetooth capability allows you to connect to a hands-free headset or car kit.  Instant messaging support for Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger will allow you to keep in touch with friends and relatives.  With built-in Wi-Fi, you can stay connected at hotspots from coast-to-coast.

Weight:  5.6 ounces
Size:  4.7 inches x 2.2 inches x 0.6 inches

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