Mike Elgan describes how he was able to dump outlook, move all his data to online services, and can now use any phone he wants:
1. Replace Outlook e-mail with Google Gmail
2. Replace Outlook Contacts and Notes with Plaxo
3 Replace Outlook Calendar with Google Calendar
4. Replace Outlook Tasks with Gubb
5 .Replace phone typing with Jott
6. Rename the .PST file.
Now not only is he free to choose from a wider variety of handsets, his life is no longer destroyed if he ends up losing his phone. In the article, Elgan describes each step and its reasons more in-depth.
How to get rid of Outlook, move all your PIM info online and use any phone you want [ComputerWorld]