Happy New Year!

On New Year’s Eve Eve, I went to Newark’s Prudential Center with my six year old son to watch the Harlem Globetrotters play. Somewhere between the parking lot (one of the farther ones, since I was too cheap to pay top price for parking) and my seat, my phone tumbled out of my holster.

While it was a bummer that I couldn’t check in to Foursquare for the event or send pix of my son having a good time via Blackberry Messenger to my wife, I wasn’t devastated.

For one, I still had my previous Curve. One call to Verizon and they switched my number back to the older model.

Two, I just did a backup of my SD card, so my pictures and music are on my computer.

Three, I make and receive most of my cell calls via Google Voice. So, just about all of my contacts are saved via Gmail/Google Voice/Google Contacts and Google Mobile Apps makes it easy to search for contact info (especially now with the enhanced gmail plugin)

Four, Verizon Wireless has Backup Assistant, which regularly backs up the native Blackberry contact list to its site.

Five, YouMail handles the voicemail for people who call my cell phone number instead of the Google Voice number.  I get emails (with the audio link) when someone leaves a message.  I don’t need to have my phone at all times to get notified of new voicemails.

While I like the increased memory in the unit I lost, I can deal with my older model without losing a step (I was out of pocket for 3 hours) until the next Blackberry sale.

We all know how important it is to backup, but I think we are also seeing how key it is to go to the cloud as well.  Your data doesn’t have to be held hostage to a physical unit.

So will one of your New Year’s Resolutions be about spending more time in the cloud?