Mobile Phones especially from China.. Commonly known as “China Mobile” have made HUGE inroads into the hearts & Hands of the Indian Consumer (Read Cheap, affordable & LOUD ).
There are OTHER Chinese Handsets too.. That differ widely & wildly in looks.. but somehow give a poor impression when used. I am not writing this post to criticize China Mobiles. Rather this post is about how to get more out of your “China Mobile”.
ALL the Chinese handsets somehow have TWO Basic Modes of Connecting with your Desktop PC.:
1) Mass Storage Connection
2) COM Port Connection
Psst: Some have Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), Web-Cam connection too.. but these are irrelevant for THIS Post & hence I am not going to dwell on those.
Before I proceed ahead, I would like to briefly explain the TWO Connection Protocols mentioned above:
1) Mass Storage: When you Connect your Phone WITH Mass Storage ENABLED, your Phone Acts as a Pen / Flash Drive, with your Memory Card being accessed as a Flash Media for Storing or retrieving Data, Just like you would on a Flash / Pen Drive. This is the Simplest way to Copy-Paste data to & from your Mobile Phone. Data Like: Photos, Pictures, Files.
TIP: To use your Mobile Phone as a Flash-Drive is NOT Recommended, BUT, if you simply MUST use it… Then MAKE SURE you create a SEPARATE Folder. something Like: MASS, PEN_DRIVE etc… The name should be different from normal nomenclature like: Received, Inbox, Other, Audio etc. This Will help the phone DIFFERENTIATE your GENERAL Folder & will not confuse itself & go Bonkers!
Psst: This Connection will NOT help you Connect your Phone to the PC For “Synching”!
2) COM Port:
Normally a COM Port looks like THIS:
So you would immediately ask My Phone Connects to a USB… Then where does THIS Port come into Picture!. Well… This is a bit tricky.. as the Phone DOES Connect to a USB Port.. BUT there is Software Emulation & COM Port “Virtualization”.. In Simple words.. the COM Port Connection Protocol EMULATES the Behaviour as a COM Port.. While Being Connected to a USB Port.
Please do not ask WHY. It’s just the way it does happen so just read ahead.
WHAT you will NEED:
1) Your Phone
2) Data-Cable / USB Cable: Surprisingly most of the Phones have a simple Mini-USB Data Cable.. Very handy & commonly available.
3) USB Port on PC (If you don’t know what USB is.. then I guess.. this post is not for you.)
So.. now the Connection jargon is out-of the way… let’s move onto the ACTUAL Connection of Phone WITH the PC.
When you CONNECT your phone to PC a Dialogue Box Pops-Up on your Phone similar to the one shown Below:
You HAVE to Select “COM Port”.
Once you have Done that & if you are on Windows 7.. All the relevant Drivers should be installed.. In Case they are not.. The file that your Will Download HAS all the Drivers (except 64 Bit.. But the Best Part is Windows 7 [x32/x64] AUTO-INSTALLS the Drivers!)
Once Driver Installation is Done Right-Click My Computer—>Properties—> Device Manager
Now UNDER Ports (COM & LPT), you will see something similar.. The Point of Importance is the COMXX… In my Case it is COM16.. Your’s might be different.
TIP: As a Cautionary measure REMOVE ALL Peripherals other than the Phone (except Keyboard & Mouse).. This will make investigation a LOT EASIER.
AFTER you have noted-down the COM Port… Fire-up the PC-Suite OR as it is Officially called, PC-Sync Manager.
Go to Settings Tab & make Sure the COM Port is as per the one noted-down earlier.. i.e. For Me… its COM16
The Phone is now Connected to the PC & ready to be “Synched”! As a final confirmation.. you should have VISUAL CONFIRMATION in the Form of Icon visible in the Lower-Right-Hand Corner:
NOW… Go one-by-one to the Tabs of Phone-Book, Messages… etc & Save your DATA on your PC.. You DO NOT get a Chance to CHOOSE WHERE to Store BUT.. At least you have your DATA Stored Safe on your PC.. In case of Phone Damage OR Loss.. you can “Retrieve” your Data easily.
THAT’S Important isn’t It?
Some Summary about the different Tabs:
* Phonebook is used to manage the contacts information between mobile phone and PC folder. In addition to adding, editing and deleting contacts, users can get the phonebook database on hand and backup them to PC folder. Phone-Suite also imports contact list from Lotus Notes, Outlook, and Outlook Express. Users can copy these information to the PC folder or mobile phone.
* Message helps users to read, edit and send SMS/EMS messages directly from PC. Besides, you can create personal folders to categorize all messages on PC side.
* Settings contains the system-related settings and message default settings. Users also can set whether they want to import contact list from other software or not here.
* Images is used to draw images of various file types, and transport the images between PC and mobile phone. It also provides clip, mirror and rotate functions to reach user’s expectation.
* Melody provides a easier way to compose your own melody through the staff graphic interface. It is not only a editor but also provide the functions to transport the melodies between PC and mobile phone.
* MMS Message helps users to read, edit MMS messages directly from PC. Users also can transport MMS messages between PC and mobile phone. Whether this functionality is supported or not depends on the mobile phone connects to Phone-Suite.
* File Manager provides a friendly interface for users to manage their files between PC side and mobile phone. Functions like “copy”, “paste”, “delete”, “rename” and “new folder” are provided in the tool. Besides, File Manager supports local java installation from PC side!
FINALLY, the Download Link:
PC Suite: DOWNLOAD LINK
THIS Phone Suite is NOT Very Productive BUT… you get to Save your Data for a Rainy Day (well.. not exactly.. but you get the picture.. phone gets wet… etc. etc.)..
Remember.. DO NOT Mess with these “China Mobiles”.. Once screwed.. you have to throw them out.. Repairing.. might be a costlier option than the cost of the Phone!