I am writing some WM Apps and every phone I tried that runs WinMo synced just fine even if it was not activated. The sync feature works even when there is no phone service and even when there is no SIM card.
Not sure if this helps.
I am a T-mobile customer, using a Wing (by HTC). My Wing is wearing down after 2 years of heavy use. I need to replace it.
I am running Windows Mobile 6.5, and Outlook 2007 on my Windows XP desktop. I do not use ANY data plan on the phone, and don't want to pay for a data plan. I sync to desktop Outlook using USB connection and ActiveSync.
I need a phone that will sync completely (including categories, reminders, etc) with Outlook Calendar, Tasks, and Contacts. It is my impression that only Windows Mobile will do this without compromise, but I might be mistaken on this.
I need a qwerty keyboard. I like the Wing's tap screen (with stylus, but I just use a fingernail). A real keyboard is a second choice. I really dislike my husband's iPhone touch keyboard, but I guess I would get used to that type if I had to.
I know there are some very sophisticated (and expensive) phones out there that will do what I need. I don't want to pay for features I don't need, and I especially don't want to buy a phone that requires a Data plan. I might want to add Web/wifi later, but I don't need it now. I don't need to access my email, or facebook, or IM, or GPS.
I really just need my Outlook desktop (not including email!), with qwerty, in my pocket. I am not in a position to switch providers. T-mobile is my provider for the near future, but I'd consider phones that T-mobile doesn't support, as long as I could unlock it.
Any suggestions? Am I really the only one left who uses Outlook as an on-the-go organizer, and doesn't want web/wifi/data plan?