Help Gingrich Find a New Name for 'Cell Phone'

Like 'handheld computer'
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 6:47 PM CDT

Newt Gingrich is launching a new campaign: to find a better name for the cell phone. In a new YouTube video, the former presidential candidate urges followers to suggest a new name for the device we don't really use as a phone much anymore, ABC reports. He likens it to the era when we renamed the "horseless carriage" the "automobile." "Think about it. If it is taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone. If it has a McDonald’s app to tell you where McDonald’s is based on your GPS location—that’s not a cellphone," says Gingrich. "This device is something new and different. I have been calling it a handheld computer."

If you think "smartphone" fits the bill, well, Gingrich doesn't agree. The press coordinator for Gingrich Productions (the video was posted to its YouTube channel) tells ABC, "It's not a smarter way to make phone calls." (Read more Newt Gingrich stories.)

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