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Last week, we told you about the major smartphone platforms. This week, we guide you on Symbian and Bada OS. Gagandeep Singh Sapra reports.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2012 22:22 IST
Gagandeep Singh Sapra

Last week we looked at how a user can migrate data from one smart phone to another. But what happens if you do not have a smartphone, but still need to take a data backup? Or if your smart phone runs on Bada or Symbian operating systems -- which are not much in vogue? Can you use a remote 'cloud' server to store your data? This week we look at solutions for these and similar issues.

There are many versions of Nokia's Symbian, but in the current context, it could be either Series 60 3rd edition or Series 60 5th Edition, also known as Symbian^1 and Symbian^2, or Anna and Belle.

Symbian phones usually shipped with a software CD. Nokia calls it the Nokia PC Suite; others had different names for it. If the CD is not available, go to the manufacturer's website and download it. This is the first requirement.

The second is the cable to connect your phone to the PC. Some phones can connect to PC via Bluetooth, but the connection is must. The third requirement is Microsoft Outlook: if you don't have it, you need to get that too.

Once you have everything in place, connect the phone to the PC using the instructions supplied with the software, fire up the software, and ask it to synchronise. Not only will it pull all contacts, SMS and other files from your phone but will also synchronise these contacts with your address book. This is for Windows PCs. If you are on Linux or MacOSX, you had better seek professional help.

Once the data is on your PC, go to and download the Sync Software for Google. This will synchronise your Outlook Contacts and Calendar database with the Google server for a backup. If you switch phones, you will be able to download all the data right off Google to the new phone.

If you don't want to connect the phone to the PC, you can buy an application called GooSync from It costs 8.99 to 39.99 British pounds, is available for a variety of phones, and come with a one-year or a lifetime subscription.

The software synchronises your cellphone's appointments, multiple calendars, contacts and tasks to the Google cloud (Internet storage) which gives you a backup. Most Symbian devices have a Micro SD card, so you can move the phone data to the card and copy to PC by using a card-reader.

I used to think that takers for Bada were limited, but found to my surprise that this is not so. Bada has two primary variants and a couple of sub-versions, but they all work with the Samsung Software called Kies. If you do not have the CD for it, you can download the Kies version for Windows or MacOSX from Samsung's website. If you are on Linux, you need professional help. These phones have a USB connector, so finding cables is easy. But yes, you will still need MS Outlook to synchronise your contacts and calendars.

If you don't want to connect to PC, Bada has a straightforward alternative:

1. Go to the phone's main menu

2. In the e-mail option, select Exchange ActiveSync (for new account)

3. Enter your e-mail address, username, password; leave the domain name empty. Press Next

4. The phone will check and verify the e-mail ID, and ask for the server URL; type, and opt for SSL

5. Select 'contact' and task 'sync'.

6. The phone will start synchronising data instantly. The process is not likely to take more than a few minutes (depending on number of contacts and tasks you have on your phone.

Why you should sync
At the end of the day, phones are machines that can fail, or be lost or stolen So make sure vital data such as contacts and messages are backed up.

More benefits: the Data is on your PC - which means you can add / modify this data and synchronise it back to the phone. Also, if you buy another phone, all you need to do is install the software and it will pick up the data from your PC.