by Jeffrey L. Wilson on March 5, 2008
As more people become entrenched in the mobile lifestyle, it's critical that valuable information stays with us and isn't left behind on our PCs' hard drives. SoonR (www.soonr.com) is a free, PC- and Mac-compatible download that enables users to access desktop applications and files through mobile phones (and from other computers). All you need to do is launch the SoonR Desktop Agent, which runs on your computer, and define which folders you want to access from your phone. You can even use applications installed on your computer (such as Outlook or Desktop Search), and SoonR optimizes that data for your cell phone's display.
When changes are made on the remote computer, the SoonR Desktop Agent program will update the information, so it will be immediately available on your mobile. SoonR's AnyTime Access enables information sharing (up to 100MB free) via a link in an e-mail or SMS when the remote computer is offline. Upcoming premium services will see the addition of encrypted backup of your data, and low-cost international calling is already available via Skype. For this How To, we used the Samsung A900M, but any cell phone that accepts text messages is compatible with the service (non-smart phones have the option to view Word and PDF files as plain text). Here's how to access your computer through your cell phone.