Should you leave the cell phone home when you’re on vacation? Not so fast. VIA readers make a different call.
"Listen to city walking tours on your mobile phone," suggests Jennifer Miller of Walnut Creek, Calif. "Visit www.talkingstreet.com  for tours in cities such as Boston and New York."
"In Costa Rica, we used our phone to record howler monkeys," write Diana and Rick Chimenti of Livermore, Calif.
"At amusement parks, mobile phones let families with kids of different ages split up," says Jill DeGrange of Salinas, Calif.
"Use your camera phone to take and send pictures," writes Jaclyn Biada of Palo Alto, Calif. "And then ask your friends to guess where you are."
"I use What-Happened.com  to broadcast videos, sound, and pictures to my friends," says Susan Hull of Pacifica, Calif.
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Illustration by Michael Klein
This article was first published in July 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.