Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Did You Back Up Your Cell Phone Today?

If you are like millions of people, you have become extremely dependent on your cell phone. Have you ever stopped to think about how much information is swirling around inside that Nokia of yours? Have you considered how many irreplaceable numbers are in there? For the adults I ask, how many business contacts and sales leads? For the kids I ask, how many friends and potential hookups?

If you were to lose your phone, or it somehow got damaged or destroyed, how long would it take you to get all of those numbers back? Sometimes it's an impossible task! Many people have several year's worth of contacts painstakingly stored in their cell phones with no back up procedure in place. Why? Because cell phone companies make it difficult to do so and they also love charging that bullshit $10-15 fee to transfer your address book.

Luckily, there is a very inexpensive solution to manage your cell phone data. It's called BitPim and its completely free. BitPim is a relatively easy to use program that let's you manage and back up your cell phone's address book and other vital data. Besides handling your address book, you can easily grab photos from your phone and even add new ring tones. The only thing you need to purchase is a USB data cable to hook your phone up to your computer.

I have been using BitPim for several weeks now and it is great. It's so much easier entering contacts from a computer rather than manually entering them via the phone's keypad. Note: You will need to make sure BitPim works with your particular phone. Also, you will have to buy a USB data cable that is specifically compatible with your phone as well.

The BitPim Site - Downloads, instructions, and tutorials on using BitPim with your phone.

USB Data Cables at RPI Wireless - This store is recommended by the developers of BitPim. However, you can purchase cell phone data cables from literally hundreds of different stores. Do a Google or Amazon search for more options.

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