Wireless With All The Trimmings

Phone outfits race to outdo each other in offering users distinctive services

`Who would you like to call?" asks a woman's too-chipper voice. "Home," I say. The cab driver glances back at me in his rearview mirror. I'm sure he's wondering whether he has picked up one of New York's mentally unstable. I'm sitting alone in the back of the taxi, but I'm not talking to myself. Honest. I'm checking out a new voice-dial phone--made by Samsung Group and marketed by Sprint Corp.--by trying to pick up messages from my home voice mail.

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