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New cell phone greeting: 'Hello, where are you?'

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — "Hello, how are you?" has been replaced by "Hello, where are you?" as the greeting of choice in Sweden, researchers find.

It's no surprise, given the sheer number of cell phones, said researcher Alexandra Weilenmann of Mobile Informatics Research Group.

Sweden, one of the most wired countries in Europe, has cell phone coverage even in the subway tunnels of its capital, Stockholm.

The Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis says 77 percent of Swedes own a cell phone.

It's natural for people to alter the way they talk when they make cell phone calls, Weilenmann said. Back when phones were fixed, callers knew whom they were calling and where they were. That's no longer the case.