My home PC hard-drive crashed and my iTunes backup was on the hard-drive - everything was lost so no backup. I want to make a backup of my iPhone before doing any kind of upgrade or syncing - since there is nothing to sync with. I am mainly concerned about losing my contacts. I created them on the phone and want to back them up for the first time to a brand new Gmail account (no contacts in Gmail - empty). Everything I have read says iTunes will make a backup when it syncs, but I don't want to sync I have nothing to sync with. I want to be sure I have a good backup. How can I ensure that I wont loose my contacts? Is there backup software that would help, should I get a MobileMe account? Is there a way to backup contacts WITHOUT syncing??? I'm a newbie and would appreciate any info!