Most wireless operators now offer spiffy color phones that let users download games and pictures, or zap e-mail, from virtually anywhere-- provided that you buy a data service package on top of your calling plan.

SERVICE PROVIDER DATA SENT/RECEIVED CONSUMER PRICE PLANS

AT&T 1 megabyte $7.99/month; WIRELESS 1 cents per extra kilobyte

SPRINT PCS Unlimited $10/month

T-MOBILE 10 megabytes $9.99/month; 1 cents per extra kilobyte

VERIZON 10 megabytes $35*/month; WIRELESS 1 cents per extra kilobyte

* Price plan for PDA phones Data: Company reports

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