Well the ritual mourning of my 4 year cell phone may have been premature.
In a Star Trek:The Search For Spock type move, it was resurrected (not by the use of a M-Class Planet generator that looked really cool in theaters circa 1985, but resurrected none the less) after I cleaned the battery contacts.
Why wait, do you ask? Well, I want to wait until a bluetooth equipped phone gets really cheap. They say that by the Year 2000, we may be able to have our laptops use bluetooth to talk to our phones, then using their connection as a network connection. That would be sweet with my impending laptop.