Five different ways to copy or send snapshots from your camera phones to desktop

At some point, you will want to copy the photo files from your camera phone to your PC/computer or personal digital assistant (PDA) for safekeeping. Here are five different ways to copy the photos from the camera phone to your PC/computer or personal digital assistant (PDA).If you know of more ways, do suggest.

Email photo files to yourself

If your mobile-phone service plan includes an email account, then you may use the Multimedia Mail or Multimedia Send on the phone. After you send an email message (containing the JPEG image file) from your phone, the email server will store the message until you retrieve it on your personal computer. You should learn the file sizes of photos created by your camera and any storage limitations your email account might have. Also pay attention to any extra charges that might apply when you use this service.

Use infrared to transfer photo files wirelessly

Many camera phones have an infrared transceiver to transfer data to and from another device. Most PDAs and some notebook computers also support the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) standard and can receive files wirelessly from your camera phone.

Use Bluetooth to transfer photo files wirelessly

Some camera phones support the Bluetooth wireless protocol. Bluetooth has several advantages over infrared. It does not require line-of-sight positioning. With a maximum transfer rate of 720 Kbps, it is generally faster than the common IrDA-SIR speeds of 115.2 Kbps, and it has a greater range (typically 10 meters, compared to IrDA’s 2 meters). Some notebook computers and PDAs have integrated Bluetooth capability. If your PDA, notebook, or desktop computer doesn’t, you can purchase Bluetooth cards and USB accessories relatively inexpensively.

Configuring Bluetooth differs from device to device (Mac OS X, Linux, Microsoft Windows, various mobile phones, and various PDAs). However, the general procedure is for the desktop computer, notebook computer, or PDA to use its Bluetooth Manager discovery function to identify the phone’s Bluetooth services. You should also configure Bluetooth security to prevent Bluejacking and Bluesnarfing (i.e., unauthorized use of your devices via Bluetooth).

After configuring Bluetooth, you can copy files from device to device, in either direction, by using the file manager you are already familiar with (Windows Explorer, for example). The following figure shows a Pocket PC using File Explorer to copy a file from a Sony Ericsson T610 phone via Bluetooth.

Transfer files via a USB or serial cable

This is the popular way of transferring files.The camera phones use a USB or serial cable to link to a notebook or desktop computer. This functionality might require the installation of synchronization software provided by the camera phone’s manufacturer.

Use a storage-card reader

This is another popular way of transferring files.A few camera phones provide additional file-storage capability in the form of an MMC or SD card. These are the same kinds of storage cards used by many conventional digital cameras. You can remove these cards from your camera phone and place them in a storage-card reader to copy files quickly. Many PDAs, notebooks, and desktop computers come with integrated storage-card readers. If yours doesn’t, you can purchase inexpensive external readers that can be attached by a USB cable.

Notebook computer users can purchase a PC card adapter for SD/MMC cards. If your printer is designed for use with digital cameras, it might have its own slot to read SD/MMC storage cards. When an SD/MMC card is inserted into the computer with a PC card adapter, it appears on your desktop as a hard-drive icon, usually titled NONAME. You can double-click the icon to open it and see all the files stored in the memory card.

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