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Vivienne, 21, will chat with you, argue with you and accept gifts from you--all from the screen of your handset.

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    Hong Kong-based Artificial Life has created a virtual girlfriend that it hopes to make available for users of 2.5G, 2.75G and 3G phones. Named "Vivienne Rose," she will flirt, chat and argue with subscribers, who will be able to call up panoramic views of her on the screens of their handsets. Continue to pages two through seven of this gallery for more images of Vivienne and her life.

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    Artificial Life's virtual girlfriend

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    Vivienne will appear in a variety of outfits. According to her official Web site, she weighs 98 pounds and is 5 feet 2 inches tall. She is 21 years old. Her sign? Sagittarius.

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    Artificial Life's virtual girlfriend

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    On her Web site, Vivienne promises, "I am more than just a talking 3D bot...I will listen to your problems, and as we get to know each other, I might even reveal my deepest secrets to you." The site invites visitors to check back for the names of mobile carriers that might eventually offer her. Artificial Life hopes to make her available in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of April; other countries will follow.

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    Artificial Life's virtual girlfriend

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    Vivienne also has a job. On a page of her Web site that contains a gallery of images from her "life," she says, "Here is where I work. I think it's a really hip office--isn't it cool?" She also has a study in her apartment, where she writes to her parents once a week. They don't like e-mail.

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    Vivienne's office

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    "This is one of my favorite places!" Vivienne says. "Shop 'til U drop!" She also notes that she "attends events and receives gifts." Subscribers can spend real money to give her virtual chocolates and flowers.

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    The mall Vivienne goes to

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    Vivienne says she tries to go to the gym every day, but "it's hard to fit it into my schedule sometimes."

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    Vivienne's gym

    Virtual girlfriend comes to life

    Vivienne says she sometimes hangs out at a bar late at night--but she's no floozy. In a FAQ about the service, Vivienne notes that subscribers can eventually marry her if they reach advanced levels of the game. "If you treat me well, who knows what I will offer you?" she says.

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    A bar Vivienne frequents