Must be having senior moment, 'cuz I didn't see how to reply to your response, so I'm replying via a new post.
I finally figured out (at least) a way to get ZA to connect w/ my cell phone.
I went to ZA's Alerts & Logs panel (firewall) and watched as I plugged my cell phone up to the USB cable.
I saw one of the ActiveSync executables pop up, r-clicked on the program name, and added it to the 'trusted' zone.
VIOLA! it worked.
Thanks for your quick response.
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)