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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 21st Feb 06, 12:41 PM
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    The Great 'Back-up your mobile data' Hunt
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    • 21st Feb 06, 12:41 PM
    The Great 'Back-up your mobile data' Hunt 21st Feb 06 at 12:41 PM
    It's the scourge of modern living, you lose your mobile and there goes everyone's phone number. Well there are solutions both technical and systematic to easily and cheapily solve this problem, so I'm throwing it open to MoneySavers to find the cheapest solution.

    The solutions vary from simply organising yourself to write it down in a book every time, right up to www.synchyourmobile.com which for 13 a year allows you to back up your address book to the Internet at the touch of a button wherever you are.

    So what do MoneySavers favour?

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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 21-02-2006 at 5:18 PM.
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  • Edinburghlass
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    • 21st Feb 06, 12:45 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 12:45 PM
    I bought a little gizmo, half price at a fiver from Tesco about a year ago and back up the phone book on my sim onto a freebie 02 simcard
    Martin has asked me to tell you that I'm the Board Guide of the Telephones, Reclaim Bank Charges, Silver Savers and Scotland boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and I can move and merge threads there. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. Board guides don't deal with this. Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • redux
    • By redux 21st Feb 06, 1:07 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 1:07 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 1:07 PM
    I just installed Nokia PC Suite [free], mainly to try Bluetooth and phone used as internet modem. Other phones can be connected with a cable, but some shops want 30 or 40 for a cable - must be cheaper somewhere though.

    The program has the facility to manage the phonebook in the phone, but I haven't yet explored it much yet.

    If a phone has a facility to copy to/from phone and SIM, then an old SIM could be used as backup, with the proviso that the phone may have multiple entries per name, and the SIM only one. I have not done this myself yet, but one or two friends been slightly confused by the results
    • stillnoname
    • By stillnoname 21st Feb 06, 1:25 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 1:25 PM
    Use PC to backup data
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    • 21st Feb 06, 1:25 PM
    I use my PC (Laptop) to backup all the data. I use the Nokia PC Suite and something similar from sony ericssons website.

    I've used Nokia and Sony ericsson phones. All address book entries (and others which are not so significant to me - todos,etc) are backed up on the PC. I've synced using infrared (bit painful depending on location of infrared port on pc and phone) as well as bluetooth (the preferred way) - not cables as they're not included and they only seem invonvenient.

    You need to set options on the PC software to ensure that all appropriate data is actually copied across.

    I use outlook. That allows specific groups to be copied to specific devices. But even if you dont have outlook, you will be able to use windows address book. obviously, that has no concepts of groups - so its copy all.

    I use a PDA which also syncs to the PC. I also use intellisync (free) from yahoo to backup contacts, etc on the internet (yahoo site).

    So, effectively, I have same synchronised set of data on my PDA, phones, laptop and internet. Obviously, the PDA is easiest to synch - it gets done automatically when i put it on cradle. others, i have to manually initiate.

    very useful i must say. if i update contact on phone, it gets across (and merged) to all other places in due course.

    hope this helps someone.
    Last edited by stillnoname; 21-02-2006 at 1:28 PM. Reason: updated
    • mr_fishbulb
    • By mr_fishbulb 21st Feb 06, 4:50 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 4:50 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 4:50 PM
    I got a datacable and software with my sony which automatically backs up whenever I put my phone on charge.
  • $17mma
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:03 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:03 PM
    Is that syncyourmobile a free serivce? I have three phones (dont ask) and really need to consider backing them up
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    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 21st Feb 06, 5:06 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:06 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:06 PM
    I use my PC (Laptop) to backup all the data. I use the Nokia PC Suite and something similar from sony ericssons website.

    I've used Nokia and Sony ericsson phones.
    by stillnoname

    Can you have both of these software suites installed at the same time? I have 2 phones and a similar set up to you but the SE doesn't seem to work when the Nokia data suite is installed. It may be the phone, K700i but I have never had issues with nokia.:confused:
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  • pricefighter
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:13 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:13 PM
    Is that syncyourmobile a free serivce? I have three phones (dont ask) and really need to consider backing them up
    by $17mma
    According to site its 12.99p a year.
    PF.
    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 21st Feb 06, 5:19 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:19 PM
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    • 21st Feb 06, 5:19 PM
    Synch your mobile is 13 a year, i've added it to my original post
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  • $17mma
    But doesnt the Carphonewarehouse offer this as a free service to it's customers?
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  • intel
    Can you have both of these software suites installed at the same time? I have 2 phones and a similar set up to you but the SE doesn't seem to work when the Nokia data suite is installed. It may be the phone, K700i but I have never had issues with nokia.:confused:
    by nearlyrich
    I wouldnt see why not you would just have to have different
    USB cables for each phone as they have different connections...


    P.S I posted the correct web address but my
    post got deleted so well done intel for .com not .org
    Last edited by intel; 21-02-2006 at 5:44 PM.
  • oldrimes
    If you have a Sony Ericsson then Float's Mobile Agent is worthwhile trying out. Its freely available, and can use cable, bluetooth, or infrared. It has its own calendar which you can use or it can sync with Outlook also.

    I found the SonyEricsson software a bit fussy to use, I suspect because it assumed that Outlook would be on your computer, and it wasn't on mine! I found V2.1 of Mobile Agent much easier to setup than earlier versions, so would look at that version.

    http://fma.sourceforge.net/index2.htm
    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 21st Feb 06, 6:04 PM
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    I wouldnt see why not you would just have to have different
    USB cables for each phone as they have different connections...
    by intel

    I can back up my Nokia 6230 by bluetooth no problem but my SE K700i doesn't communicate with my laptop (s) ( both Sony Vaio by the way).

    I want to have all my contacts on both notebooks and both phones (one is personal and one is work) but I can't seem to get it together, maybe it's just me:confused:
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  • intel
    I can back up my Nokia 6230 by bluetooth no problem but my SE K700i doesn't communicate with my laptop (s) ( both Sony Vaio by the way).

    I want to have all my contacts on both notebooks and both phones (one is personal and one is work) but I can't seem to get it together, maybe it's just me:confused:
    by nearlyrich
    Er um Oh I see :confused:

    HTH
    • stillnoname
    • By stillnoname 21st Feb 06, 6:12 PM
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    yes it works
    Can you have both of these software suites installed at the same time? I have 2 phones and a similar set up to you but the SE doesn't seem to work when the Nokia data suite is installed. It may be the phone, K700i but I have never had issues with nokia.:confused:
    by nearlyrich

    you can install both and they both work.

    i do not allow them to run in background because then there would be so many programs running that my oc wouldn't work. i run them as needed.

    hth
  • Snow-Munki
    have a Sony Ericsson here ( P910 ) so using bluetooth it sync up my phone with my PC's Outlook.

    Then sometimes export that address book into my gmail account and my website just incase my pc goes poof !
    • mriainwilson
    • By mriainwilson 22nd Feb 06, 9:21 AM
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    mriainwilson
    Back-up your numbers the simple way
    To go off on a tangent, my preferred back-up method is particularly lo-fi and involves a simple Excel spreadsheet on my PC listing everyone's name and number, reviewed periodically for new/updated numbers. It may be a little more time-consuming than connecting to PC mobile software or using a SIM back-up device but if you're less technically minded there's no software or connections to configure, no hardware to purchase and no subscription costs!
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  • NellyBelly
    o2 users only ... also handset restricted ....
    o2 users (with gprs activated) could check out this ...

    http://www.o2.co.uk/phonesync-login.html

    i had it working with my t610 and it was absolutely the way forward. shame they don't support many other handsets ....


    nellybelly
  • andrewdoncaster
    Filled up at a Texaco the other week and they were offering sim card back up devices at 2.99 when you bought petrol, a friend used to work at this place and normally these items end up kicking around in the back after the promo has finished, might be worth aasking or keeping your eye open if the promo card is on the pumps
    • anandp
    • By anandp 22nd Feb 06, 10:59 AM
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    anandp
    Oxygen is one of the best mobile backup packages out there, and backs up everything, including address book, messages, user files (photo's, etc.) and others. They come compatible with various phones. Try them @ oxygensoftware.com, price is around 25 I think.
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