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It’s hard to beat the utility of Google Calendar. The app allows you to share and collaborate your calendar with others, makes it possible to view colleagues’ schedules and availability, and generally keeps your hectic life in order. Google Calendar would be even more useful if […]

It’s hard to beat the utility of Google Calendar. The app allows you to share and collaborate your calendar with others, makes it possible to view colleagues’ schedules and availability, and generally keeps your hectic life in order.

Google Calendar would be even more useful if you could have mobile access to it. For BlackBerry users, there’s Google Sync, a tool that will seamlessly sync the BlackBerry calendar with Google Calendar. However for Nokia/Symbian phones, useful options are a little more difficult to find. But they do exist; below are three:

GCalsync

Gcalsync is a freeware java program that will sync multiple Google Calendars with your Symbian calendar. Unfortunately, this open-source project lacks an intuitive user interface. Downloading and installing is straightforward, but operation of the application is clunky at best. Each time the application is launched, you must grant it permission to your Symbian calendar, which takes a considerable amount of time and multiple keystrokes. The application does, however, allow for two-way sync, meaning an event you create on your smartphone will be uploaded to your Google Calendar and vice versa. But if an appointment is changed on your phone and the changed parameters are pushed to your Google Calendar, they won’t be reflected there. Also, time zones appear to be problem for GCalSync, with events getting slotted hours later or earlier than intended.

GCalSync shows some promise, but at this point it’s not ready for prime time. Om first wrote about this product back in October 2006; it doesn’t appear to have matured much since then.

Calsync60

A new entrant into the Symbian software market, CalSync60, is winning fans in the Nokia blog community. This S60 native application runs quickly and is dead simple to use. Download and install the application from their web site, enter in your Google credentials, and the sync process will begin. CalSync60 also supports two-way syncing and the application will set calendar item alerts as they are configured in your Google Calendar.

Keep in mind that CalSync60 is still in a beta testing period. However, the feedback regarding stability and performance has been positive thus far. CalSync60 recommends you back up your Google Calendar before attempting a sync with their application.

GooSync

GooSync is a commercial web service that comes in two flavors — free and premium. With the free service, you can sync only one Google Calendar and can only sync events 30 days out. The premium service, which is £19.95 ($40) a year, will allow you to sync contacts, set categories for calendar items and contacts, sync up to 365 days out, allow you to sync multiple calendars, and execute autosync.

To set up the service, go to GooSync and create an account. Through the sign-up process you grant GooSync access to your Google Calendar. You are then given access to the GooSync installer file for your Nokia phone. After installation and set-up, GooSync is an option in your Tools->Sync menu, making syncing quick and painless.

GooSync is by far the most seamless service. I have been using the free version and have found that it meets my needs. The most provocative premium service, in my opinion, is the ability to autosync. Having to manually initiate a sync is too time-consuming.

Even though there are options for syncing your Google Calendar with your Symbian handset, the process is still a bit convoluted. GooSync is the closest option Symbian users have to a seamless solution, if you’re willing to pay to use it. My hope is that with advancements in the API, more software developers will develop business-ready solutions for the Google Calendar syncing issue.

  1. I use Scheduleworld (free service) which syncs Gcal, any SyncML phone, Outlook and Thunderbird. The Web interface is not that beautiful but the engine under the hood is the most reliable one I know.

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  2. I use Synkia at http://www.synkia.com

    Synkia is an easy to use information management service for your mobile phone. Here is a list of supported phones: https://www.synkia.com/WWW_SupportedPhones

    With Synkia you can back up contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, notes and SMS by a click of a button. You will always have a fresh copy of the information available on our server. If your phone is lost, stolen or breaks down you can easily restore the information on the new phone.

    If you have several phones you can use the service to synchronize information between them – all phones will have the same contacts, appointments, etc.

    In addition you can log in at http://www.synkia.com to view, add and modify your data. The next time you synchronize the changes will be transferred to your phone.

    Synkia is easy to get. Just go to the sign up page, choose phone and send an sms to our short number. The phone configuration will be sent to your phone and you are ready to sync.

    The information is transferred Over-the-Air; you don’t need any cables, software or anything.

    Synkia works with all SyncML enabled phones. This includes most models from Nokia and Sony Ericsson, newer phones from Motorola and Siemens, and some models from other manufacturers. Devices based on Windows Mobile and PalmOS, BlackBerry phones and iPhone do not have preinstalled SyncML protocol but you can install additional software which allows you to synchronize your phone. You can download it from the producer’s, Nexthaus and Synthesis AG , site. Please click here to see if your phone is supported.

    In addition your phone needs to be able to send and receive data (the same connection you use to browse with wap or download a ringtone).

    Disclosure; I work for Synkia AS

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  3. Just tried GooSync, seems to be working great with my Nokia E61! :)

    One major issues though; AutoSync is NOT supported on Nokia S60 devices (the Sync ML application on S60 does not have the AutoSync feature)!

    AutoSync only works with Palm OS or Windows Mobile.

    More at http://www.goosync.com/AutoSyncHelp.aspx

    One great thing is that you do not need to hand over you Google username/password to GooSync since they use “Non-disclosure authentication” to get API access to you Google Calendar.

    More at http://www.goosync.com/AuthenticationHelp.aspx

    Thanks for a great tip Jason! :D

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  4. GooSync just added task sync too :-)

    Chris (GooSync)

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  5. OggSync is cheaper than GooSync (29.95 US) for the premium subscription that gives you contacts and multiple calendar syncing and automatic syncing.

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  6. I’m going to buy a new mobile phone with Verizon service in the next 2-3 weeks. I want to be able to sync my Google calendar to the new phone’s built-in calendar. I don’t think I need a fancy palm type of phone, just one with good reception, sound, and a calendar. If anyone out there has Goosync working for them on their mobile phone, please let me know which phone model you are using and how well the phone performs. This would steer me in the right direction when I shop. ….. Also, I’ve never synced my old phone so I don’t know much about this. I beleive that syncing allows me to periodically copy all the information from my Google calendar a phone’s built-in calendar so that I can look at the last version I synced to anytime I want to. I don’t have a data plan so I assume Verizon will charge me each time I sync the calendar. Is this correct and does anyone know about how much it will cost to sync?

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  7. As a follow up to my earlier e-mail, I am also considering buying a Motorola phone and using Synccell to sync to my Google Calendar. Has anyone out there tried SyncCell? If so, are you using Verizon wireless? What phone are you using and how well does it work?

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  8. Yes, I’ve been using SyncCell successfully with Google Calendar for some time on my Verizon V9m. If you’re using Bluetooth, you can set it up to automatically sync anytime the phone is in range of your computer. There are no over-the-air costs.

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  9. [...] Nie synchronizuje aparatu z w.w. programami. jeszcze raz dzieki. znalazlem odpowiedz tutaj: http://gigaom.com/2008/03/20/connect…ogle-calendar/ — Pozdrawiam Alek JID:efreet Every dog has its day, but the nights belong to the [...]

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  10. what type of syc too i shoud use for my nokia 3110c mobile

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