Like many of you, I use the Missing Sync from Mark|Space to sync my Palm Treo with my Mac. It blew my mind, though, when I upgraded to the Treo 700p that I would have to install Palm Desktop in order to install VersaMail (which comes free with the Treo). It turns out that the installer files are just buried within the installer package, and you can extract them without having to install Palm Desktop. This may work with other Treos as well, however, I have a Tre0 700p from Verizon. Here's how I did it:
Put the Install CD that came with the Treo 700 into the computer, but don't run the installer. Hold down the Control key on the keyboard and click on the file called PalmSoftware.pkg within the CD. Choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, then open the Contents folder. Drag the file called Archive.pax.gz to your desktop and wait for it to copy over, then eject the CD.
Double-click Archive.pax.gz on your desktop and the computer will decompress the file. You will end up with three files: Archive.pax.gz, Archive.pax, and and a folder called Archive. Delete the first two, then open the Archive folder and navigate into Applications » Palm » Add-on » English » VersaMail.
Now go to MissingSync and click on the Install button. Select all of the files in that VersaMail folder and drag them to the space in the MissingSync where it says Files to install in internal Memory. Now sync and you should be all set. No Palm Desktop to get in the way of the much-superior MissingSync.
I found a free plug-in to get the Sony-Ericsson z610i working with iSync. Visit this page, then scroll down to the section labeled Download Plugin für SonyEricsson Z-Series. Unzip it, then follow the instructions and enjoy!
[robg adds: iSync phone support is always a popular subject here, and I hadn't seen the referenced site before, so I thought it worth sharing. I believe these are "free with donations accepted" plug-ins, based on the few bits of English on the site (the install instructions, though, are in both German and English). And while it's possible to modify iSync yourself to add support, some people prefer the easy-to-use plug-in approach. There are some other phone plug-ins on the site, many of which we've covered here before separately.]
If you've got an LG VX8100 phone, here's how to download files from it to your Mac via Bluetooth. First, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone, then connect your Mac and the phone via Bluetooth.
Next, you'll need to download and install BitPim, which you can then use to download pictures, videos, address book entries, calendar, text messages, and more.
Setting up a Bluetooth modem connection for the Nokia E60/61/62 or E70 is quite easy with T-mobile. You don't need to download anything extra.
Note that if you are planning on buying the E62 for T-mobile use, don't. It's almost the same as the E61, but it's been changed so UTMS will only work on Cingular's network, and you won't be able to use UTMS when TMO rolls it out.
Onto the goodies:
Add the phone from the Bluetooth preference pane in System Preferences
Configure the phone to dial a modem, NOT a GPRS provider
The default Nokia Infrared script works fine.
For the access number, enter *99***1#
Go to Internet Connect under the Bluetooth tab and press Connect.
You should also note that you will probably have to purchase the unlimited internet access for this to work.
Here's how to set up your Mac to use a Nokia e62 as a Bluetooth modem with Cingular. I'll bet this works on lots of other Bluetooth phones as well. Although there's an existing hint covering a similar topic, some of the newer phones use slightly (but critically) different configurations. This blog entry ended up being the most useful for me.
While trying to get my Nokia 6126 to work with iSync (it is not supported at the time of writing) I came across some info at chromewalker.com about getting a 6131 to work. Since the 6126 is essentially a 6131 but for North America, I gave it a try and it worked.
Make sure iSync is not running, and un-pair the phone from your Bluetooth preferences.
Go to your applications folder and right click on the iSync application.
Within this last folder there will be a file called Metaclasses.plist
Copy this file and rename it something like Metaclasses.plist.bkp, if you do not know how to do this, you shouldn't even be trying this.
Once you have made a backup of the file, open the original file in a text editor and do a search for the Nokia 6111. When you find it, you will see that it is a Series 40 v3 device.
Look at all the stuff that precedes it and follows it and make sure to copy only the stuff that pertains to the Nokia 6111 and copy/paste it right below it. This will give you two Nokia 6111's in a row. Then on the second Nokia 6111 change every instance of the 6111 with a 6126 and save the file.
Pair the phone with your mac, and then launch isync.
There is a known bug in iSync which prevents repeating events starting earlier than 1980 from syncing to Symbian OS devices (such as my Nokia N80). Since birthdays entered into the Address Book will often have starting dates prior to 1980, this means they won't show up on your phone. Annoying.
Here's a small AppleScript I wrote to create a copy of the Birthdays auto-calendar in iCal, resetting the start dates of any early birthdays to 1980. If you save the script to ~/Library -> Scripts -> Applications -> iCal, and install the AppleScript menu item, you'll be able to create and update your syncing calendar with ease. All you need then do is select the correct calendar for syncing in iSync.
I made my own iSync plug-in for the Sony Ericsson K800i, and thought I'd share it [20kb download]. The calendar and phone book both work perfectly well with this plug-in. Extract the tar file into /Library -> PhonePlugins. If you don't have a PhonePlugins folder in /Library folder, then create it first.
Then just pair your device with the computer and then start up iSync. When you add a new device, it should detect your phone and should say it's supported. Hope it works for you too!
Both Verizon and Sprint offer the use of the Treo 700p as a Bluetooth modem for a monthly access fee. Reportedly, if you use too much data transfer, they'll shut you down.
After endlessly searching for a way to use my phone as a modem without working through Verizon, I came across USB Modem, which not only allows you to use the Treo as a modem, but also utilizes the faster USB connection. Only the Treo 700p offers speedy broadband access; reportedly 10x faster than dial-up; I don't know how fast pages load with the 600 or 650. And BTW, it syncs flawlessly with Apple's Palm iSync conduit.
[robg adds: I haven't tested this software, and note that it's $24.95 -- however, there is a demo version you can test to make sure it works for you prior to purchasing. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for anything you do to your phone, and/or anything that your service provider may then do as a follow-up to your actions.]
Want to add support for your Nokia N91 to iSync? Here's how. In the Finder, control-click on the iSync application and choose Show Package Contents. Then navigate into Contents -> Plugins -> ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice -> Contents -> Plugins -> PhoneModelsSync.phoneplugin -> Contents -> Resources. In that folder, modify MetaClasses.plist (make a backup first!) using the below code.