Back to San Francisco, and back to Verizon’s store, and back with a new Treo 700w, and back to the Internet (the new Treo 700w connected to the Internet without a problem).
Now here is the setup that I would like to have on the Treo 700w. I would like my e-mail to be retrieved from a POP e-mail account, while my contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes synchronized from Outlook on my laptop.
First, in order to get my e-mail on the Treo 700w, Wireless Sync needed to be setup. This has been already done during one of the previous technical support calls-- this is done on the Verizon Wireless website. But then I needed to change the setup on the device to disable the wireless synchronization of contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes—because as I mentioned above, I want these synchronized with Outlook on my laptop. By the way, Wireless Sync (as I described in day #3 in the experiment) is capable of “pushing” e-mail to the device instead of waiting for the device to retrieve e-mail every so often. So I enabled the “push” e-mail feature.
Second, in order to synchronize my Treo 700w contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes with my Outlook via the USB cable, I needed to have ActiveSync installed and configured on my laptop. ActiveSync comes on the installation CD with the Treo 700w and I already installed it yesterday before I had to exchange the previous Treo 700w with a new Treo 700w (see Day #11 below). Luckily I didn’t have to re-install ActiveSync to work with the new device, it just worked, and it did the synchronization smoothly.
More about Wireless Sync
You may be wondering why would I disable the wireless synchronization of contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes, knowing that Wireless Sync is capable of doing so. That is mainly because my Outlook is not connected to an Exchange Server, and my Outlook is not running all the time (it is on my laptop, and it is only running when my laptop is on). Therefore, the data that is on my Outlook on my laptop is not always available to the Wireless Sync server. Therefore, I chose to synchronize the Outlook data via cable. If you have a different configuration, you may be able to use Wireless Sync to synchronize all your data and therefore eliminate the need for via-the-cable synchronization.
Upgrading the software on the Treo 700w
If you go to the Start menu, and select Settings, and then the System tab, and then the About icon, and then the Phone tab, you will see the software version installed on your Treo 700w. In my case it was version 1.02.
Apparently, version 1.1 is now out, and it includes some key improvements to the way the device handles the connection with the server, and memory management, among other things, according to the Verizon technical support rep.
So I downloaded version 1.1 from the Web and started the installation process. Knowing that this was going to take some time, I left it running, and took off. So tomorrow, I will start with version 1.1 and hope that the installation and setup phase of the Treo 700w will be over, and the real work would start.