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Connecting Your Cell Phone to Your PC

Techstination feature for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Connecting your cell phone…to your PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Lots of people with combination PDA-cell phones sync their devices with their PCs. But even if you have a more ordinary variety mobile phone…it can make sense. Smith Micro has been working with wireless carriers to make the connections. VP Bruce Quigley…

"We enable your data phone, your handset… every handset today has a data capability built into yet. And we enable it so that it basically acts like a modem. And what you can do is wirelessly connect to the Internet, your email and do essentially everything you could do if you were plugged into the wall in the local area network."

The wireless connections are typically slower…but higher speed data networks are on the way. The software and cables are being sold by Verizon Wireless and Cingular. Even if you don't have the need to use your mobile phone as a modem for your laptop…connecting the two together can make sense…

"We also have a product called Quick Link Mobile Phone Book which enables you to enter your phone book entries on the computer and then upload it to your phone. So that rather than punching the little keys on the handset, you can just type it in on the computer and upload it to the phone. It's also a very usefully utility because if your phone dies, which I've had several phones die on me, you now have an archive of your phone book."

It can be a big time saver if you are buying a new cell phone and have lots of numbers and addresses stored in the old one. Pricing varies by phone and carrier. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.