07/13/2012, 08:43 AM
Please have patience with me (and no doubt a few good laughs) I've been reading some other threads regarding Pre 3 but feel I have more questions and need more help than that and would so very much appreciate help from those more experienced here.
I am a new member here so I am starting to get the gist of some of the lingo, but doesn't mean I exactly understand what it means or how to do it.
I am a verizon wireless customer and have been using a Pixi Plus for some time and am quite happy with it, except for when it wants to turn itself off.....
Call me crazy but I love it, but I'm not a huge app person. I have too many other things to do to have time to sit and play games on my phone, I probably have downloaded 3 or 4 apps to my phone (go ahead and laugh now)
I love to multitask so I could NOT bring myself to cave and get a Droid or iPhone, I love our card feature and just type feature too much, anyway i digress...
I have heard the terms doctor, overclock, preware, homebrew, etc but don't really know what they are and why and how and will want help with that later, but for now I can't even get my new Pre 3 running without some answers. Please bear with me
I am not totally useless, I've made my own ringtones by editing/cropping some of my mp3's and adding them to the phone, I know how to copy my photos and videos and music from the Pixi to my computer, and vice versa (so easy it's not even funny) but there are other things I care about that I don't want to lose and that's where I don't see these same questions somewhere else
1. When switching from my Pixi Plus to my Pre 3 (still with verizon) will I lose my texts and voicemails? To me it doesn't seem to make sense that I would if KEEPING the same phone number, but others have told me they did not transfer to their new phone. I would have thought that those items corresponded to the phone number, not the device, but I'm worried about it. Help?
2. I don't want to lose my contacts and more importantly my calendar. The vzw reps tell me that there's no way to transfer the calendar over because Palm is different - which I know isn't true because I see you guys here talk about doing it. But I've also read some threads here from people who have lost all their data in their profile and contacting Palm and they tell the person they cannot recover their data. I would prefer to have my contacts and calendar on both phones, but the Pre 3 instructions say that you can only use your profile on one phone. I'm afraid of signing into my profile on the Pre 3 and for who knows what reason, none of it transfers over, and then it's all lost on both phones and Palm won't help me either. My Pixi in Backup (which is turned On) says that "Your data is backed up automatically every day" but also lists the Last Backup date as January. It's July!!! What gives?! I don't know what to think. I'm about to start writing down all my contacts on paper just in case. (I pretty much only have name and numbers, and only about 30-40 contacts not hundreds like most people probably do) but why should I have to do that? Or I'm thinking about creating a whole other profile on the Pre3 and then manually entering my info from the Pixi... Is anyone falling out of their chairs yet??
3. I do have gmail, so I've seen people talk about syncing their info to their gmail, but my contacts in gmail are totally different, and I don't want them to merge. (Ok, I've never signed into gmail on my pixi and haven't done email on my pixi yet...) This seems to me probably the easiest way to make sure the contacts and calendar aren't lost, but i don't know how to do it. Also, if you can get your calendar into gmail, can you then get it into printable form as well? I've seen other people talking about methods that seem to upload their profile info to the cloud and then onto their new device, but am hoping/expecting that is because they are not going from a Palm phone to a Palm phone. Correct?
4. I am never gonna get this Pre3 activated at the rate I'm going without your help. It is a brand new Verizon Pre3 from an unopened box. When I turn it on, It asks me to choose language, accept terms, and then wants to call Verizon. This is where I stopped. Many have posted numerous difficulties activating with Verizon both online in MyVerizon, and with a rep. (Others had no problem, who knows why...) But most seem to say that you need to doctor (whatever that is) to 2.2.4 first. Another poster said his brand new Pre3 said 2.2.0 on the box but saw he had 2.2.4 on it when he checked the phone. Someone was nice enough to give directions on how to put the phone in dev mode to check which version it has, but then how do you get it out of dev mode? Then others listed not being able to activate until they installed a missing driver. I need advice on where to start.
A. Should I just try to activate online, and/or with a VZW rep first, to see if I run into any trouble? Or will that just waste valuable hours?
B. Should I just doctor to 2.2.4 to be safe and then try? (Others have and still wasn't enough) And if so I need detailed instructions, like which part of doctoring is done on the computer and which part is done on the phone. Unless that is detailed nicely in the link that someone will no doubt provide me because they feel such pity for me.
C. Does activating the phone mean/include transferring the same phone number over? At which point in the activation does that take place? Before or after signing into your Palm profile? And am I better off just creating a new Palm profile?
D. If it get stuck somehow in the middle of my activation will my phone number be assigned to the nonworking Pre3 and I won't be able to call or receive calls on the Pixi and be without a phone?
For someone like me you'd think it would just be easier to let the VZW rep do his job, but I want to protect all my info first, AND it seems not too many reps have a clue what to do with the Pre3 themselves, and are almost rude to you because they are supposed to be pushing their other devices. Also, I'd like to learn all this anyway so I can understand it, and do more things with my phone like you all do.
If you've stayed with me til now, bless you so much, and please help me out. I'll try to keep any posts after this one extremely shorter.
P.S. One more stupid question, to any who have loved their pixi and switched to a pre, is it really annoying having to slide the phone every time you want the keyboard, or do you get used to it in no time?