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At the turn of the millennium, Motorola banned the term "cell phone" as its handsets evolved into "personal network devices" incorporating such features as cameras, game consoles, web browsers, music players, photo albums and personal organisers. "We are trying to think more broadly about it," president Tom Lynch explained in 2004, "which is why we call it 'the device formerly known as the cell phone'."

[In October 1999, Nokia started a trend by launching its 8210 handset on the catwalk at fashion week in Paris.]

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