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Barcelona has big dreams

Barcelona has big mobile dreams

As the home for Mobile World Congress until 2018, the Spanish city is aiming to be the planet's premier showcase for mobile technology.

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Nokia 808 PureView: A megapixel monster

Mobile World Congress awes and entertains

The 2012 Mobile World Congress has come to a close. After shipping out from Barcelona, Spain, CNET brings you the highs and lows of the world's premier wireless trade show.

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The NFC Cafe displayed a selection of NFC-capable smartphones.

NFC: More than just mobile payments

Mobile World Congress showed more than just new NFC-supported phones, it also displayed how you can use the technology.

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On my second day at Mobile World Congress last week, I took a short break from photographing new smartphones and visited the NFC Cafe in one the cavernous exhibition halls at the Fira de Barcelona. All right, I really didn't have lunch, but I took a tour of the various solutions for NFC (near field communications), a technology that uses your mobile device to pay for almost whatever you'd like. In the first (and perhaps the most useful) demonstration, we're using an NFC-enabled <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/samsung-nexus-s-at/4505-6454_7-34431171.html">Samsung Nexus S</a> to make a payment at a parking meter. Once you touch the handset to a "tag" on the meter, the payment will deduct automatically from the credit or debit card linked to the mobile payment system.

Lunching at the NFC Cafe (photos)

At the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, CNET visited the NFC Cafe to see the many possibilities for mobile payments.

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LG's WCD-800

LG's WCD-800 goes wireless to power your phone

Using your smartphone while charging always has been possible, but LG's WCD-800 charging cradle gives you a bit more freedom to do so.

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After four action-packed days, the 2012 <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/mobile-world-congress/">Mobile World Congress</a> has come to an end. As CNET puts Barcelona, Spain, and a couple dozen new smartphone announcements in the rearview mirror, we bring you the sights of the wireless and mobile industry's most important mobile trade show.
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Barcelona's Fira Montjuic has been the home of Mobile World Congress since it moved from Cannes, France, in 2006. The complex of exhibition halls and courtyards sits between Placa d'Espanya and Montjuic, a large hill with some of the Barcelona's most important sights, including the Joan Miro Museum and the 1992 Olympic stadium. The white telecommunications tower on the right side of Montjuic in the distance was designed by prominent Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
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Scenes from Mobile World Congress (photos)

Join CNET as we bring you the sights from Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.

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A breathalyzer in your smartphone case

Japanese mobile provider NTT Docomo offers some of the most interesting handset gear in the world, including a phone "jacket" that can tell you if you've had too much to drink.

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Fujitsu flaunts quad-core ICS, bucketload of dunkable phones

For now, Fujitsu's phones are only available in Japan, but what can you expect if they ever make their way to our shores? Some pretty cool stuff, actually. Take a peek here.

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LG's Optimus L5 is a confused smartphone

The Optimus L5 could have been a nice midrange Android smartphone, but no, LG had to go mess things up with its custom user interface.

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Panasonic Lumix Phone shows potential in hands-on pics

Panasonic's Lumix Phone doesn't care about being slim or sleek, but it does care about lenses and sensors. CNET UK goes hands on with the handset to get a better picture of how it stacks up.

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The Galaxy Nexus is too big for me to use one-handed most of the time.

Sorry, the Galaxy Nexus is too big

Samsung's flagship model is today's hero phone in the Android realm, mostly because it's first to the Ice Cream Sandwich party. But better be careful using it one-handed.

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Huawei Ascend D Quad, MediaPad 10 close up

The Ascend D Quad and MediaPad 10 are two quad-core devices that Hauwei showed off at MWC.

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