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I need a new cell phone, and was thinking of getting a blackberry or some kind that I could do paperless caching with. I also wanted to be able to open Excell files on it. Does anyone know of such device, or am I dreaming.

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Chinster :P

The HTC TyTN II has transformed the way we cache. :yikes:

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I have a Palm Centro that is rapidly becoming indispensible to me. Its document viewer allows you to read Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files. For a well spent $8, I purchased the Cache Mate program on it and have downloaded every cache in a 20+ mile radius. Finally, after years of geocaching, I'm paperless! It's $99 or less through both Sprint and Verizon, not sure who else.

 

Happy Hunting!

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I've been using the AT&T Tilt for a few month and it's awesome. Built in GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, nice touch screen. I use an 8 GB storage card, holds all the waypoints you can imagine along with your MP3's and MS Office files. Internet access in the field to log your finds. Nice 2.0 mp camera. Much nicer to carry than lugging around separate laptop, camera, iPod, GPS, phone, pda, paper logs, etc.

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I need a new cell phone, and was thinking of getting a blackberry or some kind that I could do paperless caching with. I also wanted to be able to open Excell files on it. Does anyone know of such device, or am I dreaming.

Thanks

Chinster :)

 

My Blackberry works great with Cacheberry. An additional feature that is not available with Cachemate is Cacheberrys ability to look up a cache or group of caches in google maps right on the phone, The data plan is necessary to do this. I used to use Cachemate on a Palm TX until I found cacheberry. As I always have my cellphone while geocaching I was able to eliminate another piece of equipment by going with Cacheberry. If you know anything about blackberries you know how stable the OS is. No locks, freezes or craches with a blackberry.

 

CacheBerry IS the berries!

 

Also, no conversion necessary with Cacheberry, it will use the same pocket querry that your GPS does.

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I need a new cell phone, and was thinking of getting a blackberry or some kind that I could do paperless caching with. I also wanted to be able to open Excell files on it. Does anyone know of such device, or am I dreaming.

Thanks

Chinster :)

 

I own both a Treo 600 and a 680.

They (the Treo series {IMNSHO}) are (so far) the device of choice.

They come with Documents To Go, which will display (and synchronize between your PC and handheld) Excel, Word, and Powerpoint files.

They run CacheMate.

Depending on your service provider, you can get your EMail on them (Insta-Notification of new caches!).

You can view websites/pages on them. (Geocaching.com is a bit distorted lately, but you can still see what you need to see).

I have Google maps on both.

I can link my 680 to my Bluetooth GPS to display my location on Google Maps. (Freeware required)

I have Delorme Street Atlas on the 680, and I can link it to the bluetooth GPS for real-time navigation (slow, and a big battery drain, but it works!)

I can use the 600 as a modem for my laptop (Shareware needed), for internet access anywhere I have a cell signal.

 

 

Oh, they work pretty good as cellphones, too!

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My back up GPS is my cell phone, an LG Fusic, which runs the Trimble Geocache Navigator application. I've been very impressed with the GPS' accuracy, so much so I placed a cache with it. No complaints about the accuracy of the coords so far, and I've verified them with my traditional GPS, a Garmin Legend.

The Geocache Navigator program has maps (aerial, street, topo), cache descriptions, logs, hints, etc - everything that you'd get from the full powered GC site.

 

Another great thing about the Fusic is that it also functions as an MP3 player with a Micro SD card, so I use it to listen to tunes every weekend when I'm doing yard work.

 

Thumbs up! :)

 

Edit to add that I cannot open Excel files with it (no Office). Sorry

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HTC TyTn Windows Mobile 5, Office 6.1 (email, word and excel compatible with new desktop office)

Garmin Mobile XT + Bluetooth GPS10X, mapping, 1000 caches on the map, 8000+ caches (plus descriptions and hints) as POI.

Cachemate PPC, 8000+ caches, full details and hints.

Internet (Wap and regular site), email (data plan and cell coverage or WiFi required)

Oh and it works as a phone too.

 

Just not waterproof (or rain proof), or drop proof, so the Etrex is still required on some days.

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Anything with Windows mobile 5 or 6 should work ok.

 

I have used an HTC 6800.

 

Wow I am so happy to see 11 reply's already. I can't wait to check out my options. Thank you all for giving me the lowdown. I am sure I will be back with a few more questions when I figure out which will work for me and my service (Verizen)

 

Happy caching!

Chinster

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I have a Palm Centro that is rapidly becoming indispensible to me. Its document viewer allows you to read Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files. For a well spent $8, I purchased the Cache Mate program on it and have downloaded every cache in a 20+ mile radius. Finally, after years of geocaching, I'm paperless! It's $99 or less through both Sprint and Verizon, not sure who else.

 

Happy Hunting!

 

I like the price!, don't have too much money. I am guessing you need to sign up for VZNavigator?

Do you get a good GPS view, topo, or maps?

Or do you just google earth with it.

Thanks

Chinster.

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I need a new cell phone, and was thinking of getting a blackberry or some kind that I could do paperless caching with. I also wanted to be able to open Excell files on it. Does anyone know of such device, or am I dreaming.

Thanks

Chinster :D

 

My Blackberry works great with Cacheberry. An additional feature that is not available with Cachemate is Cacheberrys ability to look up a cache or group of caches in google maps right on the phone, The data plan is necessary to do this. I used to use Cachemate on a Palm TX until I found cacheberry. As I always have my cellphone while geocaching I was able to eliminate another piece of equipment by going with Cacheberry. If you know anything about blackberries you know how stable the OS is. No locks, freezes or craches with a blackberry.

 

CacheBerry IS the berries!

 

Also, no conversion necessary with Cacheberry, it will use the same pocket querry that your GPS does.

Can you open excel files on the blackberry?

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I'm using a Motorola Q with Alltel. I already have a GPSr to do the navigating, and haven't even looked to see if its possible with the Q alone. But, process a PQ with Spinner, copy-paste all the html files from the PQ straight to the SD card in the phone, and push the cache coords to the GPSr using the GCxxxx name. For any cache the GPSr leads me to, I use "File Manager" on the phone, navigate to the SD card directory, scroll to the GCxxxx I'm interested in, and it reads those in Internet explorer without using "data time". From there, about a dozen hotlinks to the next nearest caches pop up. Also has PDF and most common Microsoft viewers already built in.

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I just got a Palm Centro, too, and am glad I now have one less piece of electronics to haul around. Works just as well as my Palm PDA. It does have web access, but I'm too cheap to pay for that. Only problem so far is that I can't download the Google Map function, and my local Verizon store doesn't know how to do it, either.

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Anything with Windows mobile 5 or 6 should work ok.

 

I have used an HTC 6800.

 

Wow I am so happy to see 11 reply's already. I can't wait to check out my options. Thank you all for giving me the lowdown. I am sure I will be back with a few more questions when I figure out which will work for me and my service (Verizen)

 

Happy caching!

Chinster

Sorry, I should have been clearer. This does not have a GPSr, so I still carry my GPS. It's still such a great piece of equipment, I love it!

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Been using my XV6800 (without using the VZ Navigator and the latest VZ Rom but an older ROM that allows independent GPSr function - info can be found on http://wiki.xda-developers.com/index.php?p...itanRecentHome) along with Geoscout since April and love the combination. The addition of TomTom for navigation from cache to cache has really improved my experience.

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