Bluetooth and GSM Tools For Editing Your Phonebook

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Date: Friday, April 19th, 2002, 01:54
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Bluetooth What is Bluetooth good for, you ask? Well, if you purchase a new GSM phone (like the Sony Ericsson T68i) Bluetooth is a great way to manage your mobile phone’s internal address book.

Scenario: Have you ever gone through the arduous process of switching to a new cell phone? Forget about the hassle of giving out your new number to all your peeps or the fact that no one will take your calls because they don’t recognize your new number yet. The biggest hassle is entering hundreds of names and numbers with the phone’s tiny 12-digit keypad.

Luckily, the miracle of Bluetooth can make the process of entering names and numbers in your new mobile phone’s address book a breeze – if you have a phone that operates on the GSM network, that is. Two GSM phone tools that made my life easier:

1) GSM RemoteX – If you want to transfer contacts from your computer or from another phone and simply hate to type this data via the small mobile phone keypad, this app is for you. Features include:

  • Read all available standard phonebooks
  • Sending long SMS via phone
  • Export & Backup all standard phonebooks
  • Editing of the SIM and mobile phonebook is a three click task.
  • Very powerful but easy to use import function
  • Extensive use of Balloon help
  • Support for a wide range of different mobile phones
  • Drag & Drop contacts via vCard standard

You can even drag and drop vCards on GSM RemoteX making phone setup easy. Simply drag some contacts (I used Entourage v. X) to the desktop, then drag the resulting vCards to the phone book window of GSM RemoteX.

2) SIM Express by ID express Oy – a Mac OS 9 & X application capable of editing the contact information (phonebooks, also known as memories) of a cellular/GSM/mobile phone, which has a built-in modem (or via well equipped data-card), and supports the standard AT command set. As a new feature the SIM express can now also send SMS messages. Bluetooth, serial cable and infrared connection are supported.

What are your favorite GSM tools for OS X? What about hacks for the T68i?

[Update 11/10/2002] is selling the Sony Ericsson T68i color, Bluetooth mobile phone for only US$50 for a limited time.

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