save your pictures to the card, then use the card to transfer the images. Most cell phones use smaller memory cards in either the Mini SD or the TransFlash format, so if you don't have an adapter, the cards won't fit in most readers. If you don't have a memory card slot, you can use Bluetooth or an infrared port to send shots to another capable device. But be wary, as Verizon blocks some Bluetooth transfers on its phones. Still another method is to use a USB cable that connects your cell phone with your computer. Not all phones have USB capability, so check to see if yours does. Also, USB transfers on some phones require software from the carrier or the manufacturer. Sprint, however, includes PictBridge software on its newer camera phones, such as the Samsung MM-A900
, which enables you to send photos directly to a photo printer.
If your phone doesn't come with any of the features, don't despair, as you're not out of luck. A final method is to invest in cell phone-syncing software. Although these products require an initial investment, it's not an ongoing one, and you'll be able to not only transfer photos but also sync your calendar, your contacts list, and your messages. For more information on cell phone-syncing software, check our Weekend Project