|Favorite phones, PIM syncing, and hard-to-find phone cradles |
By Joni Blecher
Senior Editor Joni Blecher, a.k.a. the cell phone diva, wants to answer all your questions about cell phones, service plans, and wireless connectivity. Send her a question!
New phone favorites
A: I am still a huge fan of the Samsung SCH-6100. However, since newer models have been introduced and prices have dropped, I thought I would reexamine my choice. Here are my favorites from each of the major carriers, based on the most bang for the buck:
Q: There is a device that allows you to put your Nokia cell phone into a docking cradle, and the mobile then becomes part of your home phone system. I was wondering who makes it? Also, is it compatible with the Nokia 7100 series?
A: The product you're looking for is called the VoxLink from Vox2, and it's basically a charger/docking cradle for your cell phone. Yes, it's true that you can also hook the cradle up to the landline in your home. Here's how it works: when the cell phone is in the cradle and charging, you can answer all calls that come into your mobile line on your home telephone. The device costs about $200, and the company's Web site provides a list of places where the product can be purchased and what phones it supports. Presently, it's not compatible with Nokia's 7100 series.
Sync or swim
A: Actually, the included Sanyo SCP-5000 syncing solution is a little strange. The phone comes with a cable and software that allow you to upload images to the phone. But that's it--there's no PIM syncing.
Unfortunately, FoneSync, a popular PIM-syncing software package, doesn't work with the Sanyo SCP-5000. However, Sprint's voice-activated dialing feature might be a good compromise. On Sprint's Web site, you can input a limited number of contacts (you have to sign in to your account to access the feature) that you'll then be able to dial from your Sprint PCS phone using voice commands. Granted, it's not as convenient as having all of your Outlook contacts in your phone, but if you don't have a lot of important numbers to store, it's a good alternative.
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Joni Blecher is the senior editor for CNET Wireless.