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Is there a way that my wife and I could both have digital calendars in a handheld device, that could sync with each other and we could still use when WiFi was not available? I know then they would not be 100% synced, but it would at least be close.

My wife and I have Verizon cell phones without data plans. (We're not wanting to go to a data plan because that is so expensive.) At home we have Comcast cable Internet. At work, I think I have WiFi available. My wife stays home with the kids.

I would be open to small fees, but not $60 a month. I'd also be open to buying the handheld devices. (My wife has been wanting an I-pad recently.)

How can we coordinate our calendars without having to be in the same place at the same time?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about software, not productivity – Raystafarian May 29 '14 at 12:52
I think this question is borderline. Coordinating calendars is productivity. Editing may help. – Dennis S. May 29 '14 at 14:45

My wife and I coordinate calendars using wifi only. We both have iPod Touch devices (I also use a Kindle Fire tablet), and coordinate using Google Calendar. Changes on a handheld device are synchronized when the network is available.

We find it most convenient to have "his", "hers", and "ours" calendars. We each keep our own calendar, and anything we need to coordinate goes on the "ours" calendar. I have "his" and "ours" sync with my handheld devices, I only view "hers" via the web interface, and only if I turn it on. Google Calendar makes it easy to set a different color for each calendar being displayed, so I can tell at a glance what I'm looking at.

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If you and your wife have smartphones that can use wifi, you can sync your calendars over wifi despite having no data plan. Those calendars would then remain available to you when you are away from wifi (just, as you mentioned, no longer guaranteed to be synced). There would be no fees involved for this capability, beyond acquiring the smartphones (or tablets, since you mention iPad).

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I'm pretty sure this is what your looking for Cozi Family Calendar. I haven't used it so I am unsure of overall cost etc but it has what you're asking for and more. If you already have an iPod then you can use the Apple version of their app. If it was more than just my wife and I, I could see a great benefit to using it since our children would be doing stuff but it's just us. Hope this helps.

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