With my dad's move the first wknd of Dec to a retirement apartment, following my Mom's death on 11/18, there was going to be a lag of nearly a wk before the landline there w/be hooked up, plus he'd "wanted a cell phone" for months. So, I was able to upgrade my cellular plan w/Alltel, add a line for him, and get an additional phone (the later ended up costing $0.95 - not bad)and stay w/in the same price range I was already paying because the plan expansion was at a bundled 'on sale' price. I gave him my older Motorola T2xxx since the buttons are raised, the operation is simplier than the new phones, etc. Anyway, that's the (probably unecessary) background. I really need to expand my use of my LG VX3200 into the 'data management' area, but know nothing about all this new-fangled cell phone/data stuff. From what I understand just generally, this particular phone can be connected to the computer via special USB cable of some kind .... and then of course, I need whichever software is used to basically manage the cell phone's stored data and such much like I use my PDA and the desktop info mgt software/syncing that goes with the PDA. The phone is one of those clamshell styles. I've tried googling for cables (search string: USB converter LG cellular VX3200), but I know next to nothing about what it is I need.... I'm hesitant to shell out money for a cable I don't even know for sure is the right one. Example, google returns search result pages like: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/1800mobiles/dpa-ca1.html ... cable to the serial end of the converter cable to allow you to plug into a USB port. ... Nokia 3589i, Motorola V120e, Motorola V60s, LG VX3200, LG VX4500 http://www.newyorkcellphone.com/home/datacablepage.html Huh? I don't know enough about what I need to be able to determine whether an NON-oem source is selling me the right thing I have no interest in 'customized ring tones' and that other silly stuff, but the phone does have a rudimentary calendar which would come in really handy - but no way can I do text entry using a cell phone keypad-argh. I also can't imagine using the cell phone for Net access... simply to awkward keypad wise (3 letters + the number assigned to each button, etc.) and how on earth one c/view a webpage or email on a little screen I can't fathom. I don't need nor plan to store any "music" in the phone or mess around w/mp3's, etc. It also has 'notepad' section which w/be helpful so long as I don't have to try to type on the darn keys, but rather, keep documented info in there and access it. http://www.wirelessgalaxy.com/ac/lg_vx3200_ac.html I do NOT use Outlook or OE at all and don't wanna start I don't suppose that the Palm Z71 desktop sw or the Palm Z71 PDA (which I rely on like other people do air to breath) could 'interface' w/the phone or the phone sw? So.... what are my options? What are the sw choices? Anyone know of any freeware that handles this (yeah, right...) So, oh phone geeks, what do I need? m Added: http://www.101cells.com/susteen-datapilot-lgvx3200.html DataPilot for LG VX3200 with data USB cable Transfer data between your LG VX3200 and your computer. ... DataPilot® provides you the fastest way to edit, create, transfer, and share contact information to your cell phone with the data cable provided. One click interface with other contact management software allows you to keep your contact information updated in your mobile phone.... converter personalizes your mobile phone to meet your preferences. DataPilot interfaces with the following programs: Microsoft Outlook® Outlook Express® ACT!TM Palm Desktop® YES!! PDA Software DataPilot for LG VX3200 Phone Book Manager Internet Data Connection Ringtone Composer Calendar DataPilot Kit Includes: DataPilot Software by Susteen USB Cable ONLY susteen-datapilot-lgvx3200 $69.99 ouch ouch!! [/QUOTE] Okay, anybody know where I can get this stuff at less than seventy bucks??!! I'd so duncy today, I can't determine whether this is the same product and cable bundle as the 'wireless galalxy' quoted above.. m Wanna kill these ads? We can help!