I realize this topic has already been discussed but there must be some alternative that hasn't been mentioned...
I just replaced my defunct cell with a dare and discovered it does not synchronize with...anything. It never occurred to me that this might be possible. To put this in perspective, my wife got the simplest free phone they had available, and it (like most phones I am aware of) syncs fine with her laptop via bluetooth. My contacts change almost on a daily basis, and my google/exchange calendars sync automatically. How does LG envision people are going to keep the contacts and calendar in the phone up to date? Duplicating all of this data in my laptop and phone is not an option. While I applaud the open software movement, bitpim does not fit the bill. Datapilot does not support the dare on the mac. This is so fundamental - I can't believe lg would allow such a crippling oversight. Does anyone have another solution?
Well... you might want to check out > SyncCell <
... its not free like BitPim but others have reported it gets the job done. There's even a 14 day trial so you can check it out to see if it fits the bill.http://www.synccell.com/
UPDATE: Opps... my bad! I just caught your last line... "Datapilot does not support the dare on the mac." So... I guess that means you're using a Mac. Unfortunatley Synccell doesn't list MAc as supported.
That said... I also found these step-by-step instructions for Mac owners on HoFo. Can't say for sure if they (not being a Mac owner) but figured I'd pass them on.
Here are all the steps that were required for placing all of my address book contacts on my LG Dare phone.
LG VX9700 (Dare)MacBookOS 10.5.5
Address Book 4.1.1
On your Mac....
1. Create new folder on desktop and name the folder vcards or something similar.
2. Open Address Book application.
3. Select all names by clicking on the first name then scrolling down and holding shift and clicking on the final name.
4.Hold the option key
down then grab all files in the address book and move them to the vcard folder on your desktop.
On your Phone....
5. Unlock your phone.
6. Click on the :: menu button.
7.Click on "Settings & Tools"
8.Click on "Bluetooth Menu"
9. Click on Show. If there is no "show" button but instead a "hide" button continue to step 10.(at this point your phone should say. "This Device is visible....."
a. If the phone says "discovery hidden....." then push "show" again.
b. The phone must be "Discoverable for this to work"
On your Mac .....
10. Go to the bluetooth symbol in the upper right quadrant of the screen (usually left of the airport symbol.
11. Pull down the menu to "Send File"
12. Open the new folder (vcards) you just created on the desktop.
13. Select the first name.
14. Scroll to the bottom of your list.
15. Hold down the shift key.
16. Select the last name in the list. (they should now all be highlighted)
17. click on "Send"
18. Wait for Mac to "find" your device
a. If your Mac does not find your phone repeat instruction 5 through 9 above.
19. Choose your device. (LG VX9700 for the Dare phone)
20. Click on "send"
21.Wait for the transfer to end........
On the Phone.....
22. Click on "show"
Your address book is transferred!