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Using a SmartPhone as a Stand Alone PDA

by cokecp / January 11, 2008 8:11 PM PST

Is it possible to use a Smartphone, (Treo or Blackberry) as a stand alone PDA, i.e. without having cell service? I work for a large company and can't change my cell phone or carrier.

I don't need the cell service or "push" e-mail, just a pda to sync with my corporate e-mail account (Lotus Notes), and to view Excel, Word, docs, etc. I don't really want a traditional stand alone pda like the iPAQ, or Tungsen E2 as I prefer using a keyboard to responond to copius amounts of e-mails.

We use ActiveSync and am not sure if there are any issues with syncing or using a Treo or Blackberry without a cell provider.

I know this sounds silly, but thank my i/t Department.

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(NT) The Treo works as a PDA without activation or cell service.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2008 10:14 PM PST
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Yes, but note that...
by John.Wilkinson / January 12, 2008 2:22 AM PST

ActiveSync is for WindowsMobile devices only, so if that's a hard requirement Blackberry is out, as are the various Treos running Palm OS. That reduces your options, but there are still plenty to choose from, including a few Treos.

You may also what to consider getting a PDA along with a Bluetooth keyboard. Not acceptable if you're frequently typing on the go, but perfect if you're sitting at a desk, giving you a nearly full-sized keyboard.

Hope this helps,

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