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Spruce up cell phones with widgets

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If you didn't jump on the iPhone bandwagon, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a phone with oodles of bells and whistles. How? With widgets: small applications that appear on your phone’s menu pages.

You can download them from sites such as GetMobio.com, Plusmo.com, Openwave.com and WidSets.com.

How to get started: Go to WidSets.com to verify whether your phone can accept widgets. Once you’ve selected what you want, they’re sent directly to your handset.

A few of the most popular ones:

AccuWeather. You can get local current weather, extended forecasts and even radar maps.

• Google Calendar. A handy application that allows you to update your web-based calendar while you’re on the go, then view the changes later on your desktop.

Wikipedia. Snag the answer to any question with the ultimate online encyclopedia.

Tip: Turn off “images” to speed up the information download.

• YouTube. Catch recently added videos.

• Flickr. Photo-share on the Internet.

Sudoku. Exercise your brain during downtime.

Newsvine. Mainstream news and user-generated opinions on current topics. Start with headlines in the widget and read any story with a single click.

Note: While widgets are usually free, you still can end up paying your carrier for data transfer or airtime.


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