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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

(Newser) – 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."

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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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