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HOW TO TRANSFER PICS FROM DE-ACTIVATED CELL PHONE ?

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February 10, 2011 12:56:15 AM

Hello,
I found my old de-activated cell phone, still takes a charge and powers up, so I can look at the pics on it.I'm hoping to find a way to transfer pics to a PC some how, but I'm not tech savvy. The phone is a Sony-Ericsson Z500a, and was through Cingular. It has a Gemplus 64K smartchip simcard (de-activated of course) but I guess the pics are stored in the memory of the phone itself.Any help in this would make you my hero!
Thanks, Rich in Iowa.
February 10, 2011 3:11:10 AM

SO long as the phone turns on, you should be able to get the pics and whatever else you want off of it. If it has a mini USB port on it you can take a look around for a cord or just buy one for a few bucks so you can rig it to your PC. From there the PC should see it as a storage device of sorts and you should be able to browse/retrieve all of the photos.
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February 11, 2011 12:14:37 AM

buwish said:
SO long as the phone turns on, you should be able to get the pics and whatever else you want off of it. If it has a mini USB port on it you can take a look around for a cord or just buy one for a few bucks so you can rig it to your PC. From there the PC should see it as a storage device of sorts and you should be able to browse/retrieve all of the photos.



Hi, and thanks for the message and suggestions.
I actually did get a cord (as you mentioned) a while back that connects the cell to the usb port on the pc, but nothing happens when they're hooked up... I expected a window with options to open up or something. I've looked up help topics, etc., concerning AutoPlay settings, and tinkering with the "Import Pictures and Videos" dialog box, but nothing will even acknowledge that there is a device (the cell) hooked up to the pc.
We live in rural Iowa (moved here from Oregon 3+ years ago, talk about culture shock), so I may just end up venturing to an AT+T store in Des Moines with the cell and cord and all that and see if there's something they can do.
Appreciate the help, and if you think of somrthing else I can try, please let me know!

All the best, Rich.
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February 11, 2011 12:49:21 AM

There is probably somthing in the phone menus about PC connection, or mass storage device. That has to be turned on usually before the computer will see it when its plugged in.
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February 15, 2011 10:38:04 PM

I went through all menus on this cell, and found nothing about those options.... I guess being an older phone (2003-2004) would explain that.


Thank you, Rich.
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February 16, 2011 8:35:13 PM

If there was any software that came with the phone, try installing it and then see if the phone will show when you plug it in. Either that or you can check the manufacturer's support site to see if they have a driver of sorts for it.
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February 17, 2011 2:59:49 AM

No software, mfr. support site seems like the next logical step.

thanks, Rich.
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February 19, 2011 1:57:08 AM

If they do not have anything downloads wise, get in touch with their support team to see if they have any recommendations.
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March 1, 2011 12:45:14 AM

Best answer selected by richbob13.
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March 1, 2011 1:03:33 AM

buwish said:
If they do not have anything downloads wise, get in touch with their support team to see if they have any recommendations.



Actually, all the answers were good, my biggest problem here was probably the age of the phone, and lack of modern features. My last try before going to the mfr.'s support team was to go to my CURRENT cell provider (US Cellular) with my problem...they were able to hook up my old de-activated phone from Cingular to my current phone, load all my pics to it, which then had to be manually transferred to the chip in it, which allowed the pics to then be loaded into my PC.(whew!) The customer service rep at US Cellular spent a couple of hours with me on this, so I bought a new phone too. Thanks to all of you, I'd been stumped over this for the last couple of years.


All the best,
Rich.
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November 21, 2013 8:00:38 PM

I think Richbob,s suggestion is the only real option especially with an old phone. However, my current phone service is with SmartTalk, aka TracPhone Wireless. Do they have storefronts with human tech support? I think i'm out of luck.
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May 11, 2014 6:09:43 AM

richbob13 said:
buwish said:
SO long as the phone turns on, you should be able to get the pics and whatever else you want off of it. If it has a mini USB port on it you can take a look around for a cord or just buy one for a few bucks so you can rig it to your PC. From there the PC should see it as a storage device of sorts and you should be able to browse/retrieve all of the photos.



Hi, and thanks for the message and suggestions.
I actually did get a cord (as you mentioned) a while back that connects the cell to the usb port on the pc, but nothing happens when they're hooked up... I expected a window with options to open up or something. I've looked up help topics, etc., concerning AutoPlay settings, and tinkering with the "Import Pictures and Videos" dialog box, but nothing will even acknowledge that there is a device (the cell) hooked up to the pc.
We live in rural Iowa (moved here from Oregon 3+ years ago, talk about culture shock), so I may just end up venturing to an AT+T store in Des Moines with the cell and cord and all that and see if there's something they can do.
Appreciate the help, and if you think of somrthing else I can try, please let me know!

All the best, Rich.


I'm going to assume you got this problem fixed. But this is for others who may come along. What I did for my phone which is a droid Razr Maxx is this: 1. Go to apps,
2. find 'files' in the files folder select "internal storage" then,
3. go to the folder that has "dcim" that is the one that contains all the pictures.
4. Once there, select all pictures.
5. Go back to the file screen and select "SD Card"
6. select "move"

I contacted my support team and those were the steps I was told to follow and it worked out great! Keep in mind however this is just for if you have an SD card inside the phone. If you don't have one I'm sure you can get one. ^^ That's what I did, then I just put the SD card in my new phone once I had everything on it already. Hope this helps for anyone else facing this problem! It should be roughly the same steps for other droid phones. Good Luck!
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June 8, 2014 1:10:44 PM

richbob13 said:
buwish said:
SO long as the phone turns on, you should be able to get the pics and whatever else you want off of it. If it has a mini USB port on it you can take a look around for a cord or just buy one for a few bucks so you can rig it to your PC. From there the PC should see it as a storage device of sorts and you should be able to browse/retrieve all of the photos.



Hi, and thanks for the message and suggestions.
I actually did get a cord (as you mentioned) a while back that connects the cell to the usb port on the pc, but nothing happens when they're hooked up... I expected a window with options to open up or something. I've looked up help topics, etc., concerning AutoPlay settings, and tinkering with the "Import Pictures and Videos" dialog box, but nothing will even acknowledge that there is a device (the cell) hooked up to the pc.
We live in rural Iowa (moved here from Oregon 3+ years ago, talk about culture shock), so I may just end up venturing to an AT+T store in Des Moines with the cell and cord and all that and see if there's something they can do.
Appreciate the help, and if you think of somrthing else I can try, please let me know!

All the best, Rich.


richbob13 said:
I went through all menus on this cell, and found nothing about those options.... I guess being an older phone (2003-2004) would explain that.


Thank you, Rich.


I found mass storage on my old phone under the "tools". But then it said the "card" was not plugged in. (I have a usb cable that works)
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June 8, 2014 10:40:02 PM

Backup was available in old model mobile phones through PS Suit only. With that you can get into your phone. Else the facility to retrieve data is not possible.
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