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Android phone that doesn't sync contacts to the cloud?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by RiderForLife, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. RiderForLife

    RiderForLife New Member
    Thread Starter

    Sep 23, 2010
    Is this just the nature of Android, that contacts have to be sync'ed back to some Internet server? Or even that you must have an email address to even use the damn thing?

    I have a Motorola Backflip. Android seems cool because of the customization capabilities, but I don't know where my data is. Is there any Android phone that keeps contacts local & doesn't "phone home"?

    Of the 2GB dataplan that AT&T automatically added once I plugged my SIM card in, I've only racked up 50MB of data for the whole billing period (which ends in a couple days). I like Android but don't need 3G or Internet.

    Any recommendations of non-smartphones?


  2. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    They're pretty much all designed to sync with the cloud and require a Google account. You don't have to do anything with the Google account though and there are manual sync options out there. It's going to be a PITA if you want to go against the grain.

    On the device and synced. It can depend on the specific data you're asking about though.

    There are some tablets and media devices but the majority will be smartphones.
  3. Vehtemas

    Vehtemas Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Territory Manager
    You do know where the data goes...

    It goes into Google servers that are heavily encrypted and protected.
  4. wayrad

    wayrad Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2010
    Long Island
    No, you don't have to sync calendar and contacts to the cloud if you don't want to (and I'm one of those who doesn't see why I'd want to...I'm perfectly capable of backing up my own data, and prefer the security of knowing I've done so). My HTC Incredible came with software to sync calendar and contacts with Outlook. There are also a couple of third party solutions for syncing to the desktop if you have a non-HTC phone (I don't know if other brands come with anything like HTCSync, sorry). Or you can root the phone and back up everything to your SD card - however this voids your warranty (but it's reversible ;) ).

    I think a Gmail account is a necessity when activating one of these phones though. But I've never used mine for anything, except to glance at emails I've gotten in response to app purchases in the Market.
  5. shark974

    shark974 Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2010
    ATT has a $15, 200MB a month smartphone data plan, just for lite users like yourself, vs $25 for the 2GB and $30 for most carriers Smartphone data plan. Sound like you should at least check that out.

    I work for a big company and big companies usually get 20% discount at ATT, so I pay even less. I pay about 20 for 2GB data.

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