Is there a reliable way to move files from the web to my phone?

I am with Orange/T-Mobile (Everything Everywhere) and my 3g coverage is really patchy. When we had wifi in the office I used to use Astro to browse a share on my work computer and copy files that way. We have no wifi now.

I've also tried using Dropbox, but when I hold and download, the image doesn't seem to be anywhere on my phone. I thought it copied them into my gallery, but I can't seem to see them any more.

I've also tried emailing images to myself and then trying to download them on the phone.

All of these seem to fail for me, can this just be an issue with my diabolical mobile carrier? Or is there a better way to copy stuff onto the phone without cable or wifi?

Maybe I'll have to buy a cheap cable from ebay? Any suggests for solutions?


  • It ties you down, but can you use a USB connection?
    – ale
    Feb 11, 2011 at 15:45
  • Yeah my thoughts also, I purchased one for 99p from ebay :@)
    – David Yell
    Feb 11, 2011 at 16:17
  • You can get apps which will rescan you SD card to pickup any new files downloaded from DropBox. For example appbrain.com/app/sdrescan/com.bero.sdrescan
    – Alastair
    Mar 8, 2011 at 11:19

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I am using Dropbox and it works fine for me. When you click on a file to see it, Dropbox downloads the content probably in a temp file and it will launch in the right viewer. If you long click an item and select download it will put the file in its own folder on the SD card (SDcard/dropbox) and the file will be available to a file manager such as Astro. If it is not already visible from the gallery application, you can add it by moving the file to the right folder.

I know you already used Dropbox but I would definitely give it another try.

  • This would be my preferred solution. I use Dropbox all the time.
    – ale
    Feb 11, 2011 at 15:43
  • Ah, yes, I'm halfway there. I will reinstall Astro, thanks!
    – David Yell
    Feb 11, 2011 at 16:17

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