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Your cell phone's new pal

Your cell phone's new pal

One product we saw at CTIA but neglected to mention in our coverage is the new Backup-Pal from Advanced Wireless Solutions. When hooked up to your phone, the small, circular Backup-Pal stores your contacts for safekeeping--a great idea for those who perpetually lose their phone. You'll then be able to transfer the data to another handset or store it on a PC for editing. Backup-Pal is set to have universal adaptability through interchangeable USB connectors for all types of phones, but you'll also be able to transfer contacts via infrared. The device should be especially useful for CDMA customers who don't have the convenience of transferring contacts via SIM cards. The product will be out later this spring and retail for less than $50.