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    Default Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    Anyone have experience connecting a cellphone to a PC via infrared? A data cable for my cellphone costs about the same as a USB infrared add-on (around $50 - 60), but it seems to make sense to use infrared since the data cable would be specific to only one phone.

    I'd like to back up my Contacts list, and perhaps trasfer music for ringtones, and photos as well. SIM card back up devices are $18 at DSE, but it is only for back up, not read or edit. BTW, my phone does not have Bluetooth.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    What type of phone do you have?

    For nokia cellphones use Nokia PC Suite: http://europe.nokia.com/nokia/0,1522,,00.html

    this is what i use.

    If you dont have a nokia cellphone try the makers website for a similar program

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielF
    What type of phone do you have?

    For nokia cellphones use Nokia PC Suite: http://europe.nokia.com/nokia/0,1522,,00.html

    this is what i use.

    If you dont have a nokia cellphone try the makers website for a similar program
    Sorry that link is dead:
    Use this: http://www.nokia.com/pcsuite

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielF
    If you dont have a nokia cellphone try the makers website for a similar program
    It is not a program / software that I am asking about.
    I have a Sony Ericsson, and there is software available on their web site.

    My question is about using infrared from phone to computer.

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    I connect my Nokia 6585 phone to my laptop via their respective infared ports. I sync my Outlook calendar with my phone and backup my phone config with the utility in the PC Suite software that DanielF mentioned. I use it almost daily, it works well.

    Hope that's helpful.

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    Basically you just enable infared on the phone and have it close enough and both transceivers in line of site of one another. In XP a dialog pops up telling you there is an infared device in range and a "send to..." icon is created on the desktop (also available in Send To context menu) - you can then send files to it and receive files from it.

    There will obviously be a limit to what you can send/receive and you wont know that until you try it out - as above there will be special software specific to your phone for doing special things.
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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    Thanks guys.

    Does anyone know about USB infrared add-ons?
    Is it simply a matter of plugging it into a USB socket and letting WinXP detect it, or is it more complicated than that?

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    You'll probably have to install drivers, but it'll come with those so no biggy.

    My IRDA --> cellphone setup saved my butt in Palmy on Wednesday by getting me a GPRS connection where there was no interweb.
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    Default Re: Cellphone + Infrared PC Port

    If you want to do more then sync your contacts then I would buy the data cable, Trying to move any amount of data over infared is a slow process.

    Though, I maybe pushing it a bit, seeing as I have been encoding full length movies and sending them to my phone......
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