There's nothing like anytime, anywhere communication, and we owe it all to the cellular telephone. Sure, they're not quite as inconspicuous as Dick Tracy's wristwatch phone, but they're getting there--fast. Motorola Corp. just announced the smallest cellular phone yet, the MicroTAC Elite. Weighing in at a mere 3.9 ounces, less than a D-cell battery, it breaks the record previously held by Motorola's MicroTAC Ultra Lite by 2 ounces. Motorola expects cellular operators to offer the phone for $600 to $1,000.
The Elite is slightly smaller than other pocket-size, flip-open cellular phones. It saves on weight by using a tiny lithium ion battery rather than the nickel metal hydride batteries used in most models. Motorola has also introduced the lightest digital cellular phone, able to switch between analog and digital cellular systems. It weighs in at 6.6 ounces and will be available in the fall. No price has been set.