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    There is a lively discussion going on over at http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...-pre-plus.html

    Some valid points have been made. Right now, backup for the Pre is spotty, especially for 3rd party apps. Our PIM data and palm apps are all backed up ok, as well as 3rd party apps themselves. However, 3rd party data and setting are not backed up. As we get more complex apps, this will be a bigger and bigger problem when we need to restore from scratch.

    PalmOS had apps like Resco Backup for Palm OS to do incremental/full back ups and restores of ALL device data. This would include settings files for apps as well as document and media files.

    It would be great if there was an app like this that backed up the device nightly OTA, like Mozy and Carbonite do for PCs. The app could use a data farm like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to host the data. I imagine there would be good money paid for an app like this.

    Is this a need you feel? Is this need satisfied some other way? Is there a technical obstacle that prevents this?
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    I agree that there is a strong need for this.
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    Looking at the pricing model for the Amazon service, it seems that this app could be sold on either a subscription service or fixed price.

    Just holding the data costs between .05 and .15 cents a GB. Since these are incremental back ups the app could reasonably put a cap on storage at 10 GB. Older backups will need to be discarded after that.

    Transferring data in is .10 cents a GB.

    Pulling data is between .10 and .17 cents, this would not happen very often, only when the device needs to be restored.

    Based on this pricing model and usage estimates, one could set a fixed price that would cover these expenses over the lifetime of the device plus add margin, or one could go the Mozy route and charge a monthly fee that would probably be pretty reasonable, like $1-3 a month, on top of an initial setup fee/price of the app.
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    Another option is to sync data with a users google docs like these guys, GlitchTech Science Checkbook (webOS) FAQ or a sky drive account.

    Google now allows upload of all file types http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/...cess-them.html

    These options would be free.
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    This app maps google docs and sky drive as drive on pcs, it can then be used as a backup drive.

    GLADINET - Bring the Cloud Closer to You

    I bet something similar could be done with a pre
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