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Cell phones have certainly evolved. Once massive bricks that, with a bit of luck, allowed you to talk to distant people, they’re now intelligent devices that keep track of your contacts and calendars, display photos, play music, and work as wireless modems on-the-go—in addition to letting you make and receive phone calls. Some of these products are such multitaskers that they’ve earned the moniker smart phone.

According to the technology-analysis firm Gartner, sales of smart phones increased by 75 percent in the past year (for a total of 37.4 million devices sold worldwide), and this trend shows no signs of slowing down.

In the United States, cell phone providers are most likely to offer phones that run Palm OS, Windows Mobile, or BlackBerry software. Unfortunately, most of these companies don’t have Mac users’ best interests in mind when they create their phones. But with the right smart phone and the right software, you can make your phone and your Mac talk, so you can keep your contacts and appointments up-to-date, synchronize your data, and a whole lot more.

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