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Cell phone w/Outlook sync, no data plan & Verizon

by bjhcpa / September 29, 2009 3:36 AM PDT

I've been reading posts regarding cell phones that will sync with Outlook without a data plan, but they are all for AT&T, and I have to have Verizon because most of my family is on it. Also, it seems to have the best coverage in Phoenix area. I have a Treo, but it's too bulky.

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Let me bottom line it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 3:43 AM PDT

So far I can use activesync to outlook on every windows mobile phone reqardless of the plan. Sorry I've only done this to a few dozen so it's unlikely I can test every phone but so far, no data plan. The reason behind my capability is I've written and am writing some WinMo applications.

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Thanks. That will be a great help. Any phone suggestions?
by bjhcpa / September 29, 2009 4:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me bottom line it.

Most of my family is on Verizon, so I need to stay there. Don't need a smartphone, but would like a good sized screen and slimmer line than the Treo. I cancelled the data package on the Treo some time ago. Verizon is offering me a deal on the Samsung Alias 2, Motorola Rival and LG VX5500, as well as the Blackberry Storm.

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Then how to sync with Outlook?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 10:10 AM PDT

Here I use activesync and winmo based phones. Let's try this. Head to the Verizon counter and ask your question. Maybe there is no such phone?

Again, I only can share what I'm doing with what. Since I'm authoring winmo apps, I don't have any other non-winmo (well I do have some Palm units?) phones to look at.

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Thannks again
by bjhcpa / September 29, 2009 10:19 AM PDT

I appreciate your willingness to help. Not sure how much help Verizon will be, since they have a vested interest in their branded phones, but I will try.

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You *are* limited to Verizon branded phones
by Pepe7 / September 30, 2009 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Thannks again

That's their system. You cannot bring in a non-Verizon branded phone and use their service like you can with ATT bringing in unlocked phones.
IME their in store support isn't bad.

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Only the BB Storm
by Pepe7 / September 30, 2009 12:35 AM PDT

...will sync w/ Outlook AFAIK of the list you've been given as upgrades. And that phone would require the mandatory data plan w/ Verizon. You might want to peruse, esp. the Verizon sub-forum to see if there are any third party software apps to assist in syncing a Verizon branded non-smartphone w/ Outlook. You may be SOL IME, given how generally locked down their phones tend to be. YMMV.


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Verizon cell Phones
by bjhcpa / September 30, 2009 10:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Only the BB Storm

When I first purchased the Treo from Verizon, I bought the data plan because I was working and thought I needed it. After several months, I found I wasn't using most of the features, so I dropped it. I just want to be able to keep my appointments and phone book on my phone so I don't have to carry a separate PDA without paying an extra $30/mo. That shouldn't be this hard. Since my last post, I've come down with the flu, so won't be able to go to the Verizon Store for a few days, but will update this thread when I do so anyone else looking for same can benefit from what I find out.

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phones no data plan
by wbnelson / January 11, 2010 12:37 AM PST
In reply to: Let me bottom line it.

motorola q 9m, voyger, versa, htc vx6900 do not require data plan.

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Discontinued Smart Phones
by tojddw / January 16, 2010 1:20 PM PST
In reply to: Let me bottom line it.

If you get a discontinued smartphone in the Samsung, Palm, HTC, etc lines, you can possibly get them without the dataplan. I have only been with Verizon for a little over a year, but there were several phones in the smartphone line at the time which did not require the data plan when I first joined. My first phone with them was a discontinued HTC SMT5800. It had poor battery life and you needed to charge it every night, but I wanted it to sync with Outlook and worked very well for that purpose.

Verizon is changing their plans and phone plan requirements as of 1/18/10 and the EnV3 will require a dataplan after that date. It does not if added through the 17th. I have the EnV3 now and love it, I have found that I don't miss the sync feature like I thought I would. I miss the to do list more, but can still add standard appointments through the calender and use the notepad for other things that I miss with the HTC.

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Solution Found - Verizon, no data plan, Outlook Sync
by LDamren / October 16, 2009 10:59 PM PDT

We had the same problem. I use a smartphone with web, my wife didn't need the email and web on her phone, just wanted to be able to sync outlook calendar and contacts with her phone. Just got her the LG Env3 phone, she loves it. There's a $25 program at that will sync outlook calendar and contacts to a lot of non-smartphones, we're on the 30 day free trial now and it seems to work well. There's a big list of phones that it will work with, check to see if your existing phone is there. Good luck.

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Verizon, no data plan, Outlook Sync
by bjhcpa / October 17, 2009 9:12 AM PDT

Thanks, I'll check it out.

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sync LG enVtouch with Outlook?
by donw78025 / January 7, 2010 10:15 PM PST

LDamren, are you still happy with the program to sync Outlook with the Verizon phone? I'm having a similar issue that everyone else is. Thanks.

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Still happy with synccell
by LDamren / January 7, 2010 11:13 PM PST

Hi - my wife is happy with the synccell program. It does have a few limitations, but I think that has more to do with the phone's memory for contacts and calendar than an issue with synccell. For instance, she can sync her contacts' names and telephone numbers but the addresses don't come over. For calendar she can only go about 6 months forward before the phone runs out of calendar memory.
Overall, does what we need it to do for short money.

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(NT) Thanks!
by donw78025 / January 8, 2010 3:19 AM PST
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