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Do I need a data plan to ActiveSync?

by ms*mountaineer / October 26, 2008 12:28 PM PDT

I'm interested in switching from a regular cell phone to a pda/smartphone. I don't need features like browsing the web or checking email. The features I want to use are contacts, calendar, and task list - and syncing this with my computer at home, preferably with bluetooth. I was told that I must get a data plan to do this with a blackberry. Is that true? Isn't there a phone that can sync wirelessly with the computer for basic organizational functions like that (like my old Palm Pilot used to do) - without having to pay for a data plan? I have Verizon Wireless.

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I'm going to agree with that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 12:32 PM PDT

ActiveSync is a Windows (Mobile/CE/etc) PDA/Phone thing. And I can sync without a data plan on those.

Be aware some need a lot of support to get this to work. And many expected it to be easy or free. Have you used any PDAs?

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I don't understand
by ms*mountaineer / October 26, 2008 7:35 PM PDT

I'm sorry - I don't quite understand your answer. Which part of my question are you agreeing with? What do you consider "a lot of support to get this to work. And many expected it to be easy or free." I don't understand what you are trying to tell me. As I mentioned in my original question, I had a Palm Pilot many years ago - so I have used a PDA, but it's been a while.

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The blackberry
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 10:23 PM PDT
In reply to: I don't understand

The blackberry didn't use ActiveSync the last time I looked. There are third parts software to emulate that but I'll leave you to research that area.

BES and your blackberry is the last sync system I found.

Good hunting,
Bob

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