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Once upon a time, RIM appeared to be on the verge of joining this century and offering native Mac syncing support for Apple-friendly users of the BlackBerry smartphone devices. Unfortunately, nothing has yet come to pass with regards to this tantalizing release, so BlackBerry owners are stuck, for […]

blackberry-mac-bluetoothOnce upon a time, RIM appeared to be on the verge of joining this century and offering native Mac syncing support for Apple-friendly users of the BlackBerry smartphone devices. Unfortunately, nothing has yet come to pass with regards to this tantalizing release, so BlackBerry owners are stuck, for better or for worse, with third-party solutions for the time being. One such solution is Mark/Space, Inc.’s The Missing Sync for BlackBerry 2.0, whose name actually depends on RIM continuing to ignore their Mac customers.

The Missing Sync recently received a major update that will likely leave BlackBerry owners much more content to wait while RIM drags its heels. One of the most significant new features introduced is over-the-air syncing via Bluetooth, which is something I really wish my iPhone could accomplish, since it has everything needed to do so except for the software implementation.

Not only can you sync via Bluetooth, but with Proximity Sync, you can do so automatically whenever your Mac and your BlackBerry are in range of each other. As an added bonus, Proximity Sync does not interrupt anything else you happen to be doing on your computer or your phone at the time, either.

The Bluetooth features may be the show stopper, but there are other new features as well. The Missing Sync now supports iTunes playlists, syncing of other media, and video transfer to and from your BlackBerry device. Not to mention storage and archiving of your SMS and call history, which can be very handy if you bill clients for call time and/or need to settle a lover’s quarrel with hard evidence that yes, she did in fact say that, and you have the text to prove it.

The Missing Sync for BlackBerry 2.0 is available now for $39.95. Existing users of version 1.0 may qualify for a free upgrade, depending on when you purchased it, or special upgrade pricing of $29.95 is available.

  1. Jose Antonio Suarez Estevez Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Interesante que apple permita sincronizar de forma tan simple via bluetoth
    A una bb antes que al iphone, entiendo que para sincronizar musica videos
    E incluso aplicociones, se tenga que usar el itunes pero para sincronizar los
    Contactos , calendaros correos etc, las cosas basicas del dia a dia deberia
    Poderse usar un sistema tan util sencillo practico y transparente como es el
    Sync 2.0 via bluetoth.

    Saludos.

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  2. Whatever you do DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE MISSING SYNC FOR BLACKBERRY V. 2.0 unless you want a disaster syncing your BlackBerry to Address Book and iCal. This app is clearly not ready for prime time. I have experienced missing data and constant syncing errors. In addition, instead of a minute or two for a sync with Missing Sync for BB v. 1.0, this now takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes (!) depending on how much data you have. The benefit of using Bluetooth is certainly not worth the pain of downloading, paying for and trying to configure a disastrous upgrade. Mark/Space, shame on you for releasing such a flawed piece of software.

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  3. I’ve had zero problems with Missing Sync for Blackberry v2.0. Both iCal and Address Book appear to be fine and doing well. Right now I’ve got about 1100 cards in my Address Book, which is also synching to my contacts and organizations in Daylite.

    Not sure why you’re having such a huge problem with it.

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  4. Jeff is not the only one. I’ve used version 1 for years. I upgraded to 2.0 and everything broke. I can’t get an initial sync via USB to happen. It only allows a bluetooth connection – but when you connect via bluetooth, it tells you first sync must be done via usb. So nothing. Very very disappointed.

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  5. I agree with Dan and Jeff. This program in a piece of crap. It says to first sync via the USB cable and then Bluetooth after that. The problem is that it requires Bluetooth to even hit the sync button and completely ignores the USB. This is a chicken and egg situation. It has driven me completely crazy. The people at Missing Sync are no help either. Their support is only online and I posted my tech support ticket over 24 hours ago and haven’t heard a word back. They were quick to process my credit card and now I am stuck having paid 30 dollars for something which doesn’t work and I have no recourse from them. STAY AWAY FROM MISSING SYNC and MARK/SPACE. They are and their product are LAME.

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  6. i’m having the same major issue. Any one resolve this? the first sync says quickly “fixing id records” and then in an instant it shows that the sync can’t be done. This is taking up a lot of time to try and figure out. I reinstalled the app a few times yet still having major trouble.

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  7. cliff, did you get a response from them? my friend has it working on his Bold/Mac and I bought it because of him… I’m having the same problem you are… Just wrote the software company but I was wondering if you heard back! Thanks.

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  8. me too – 2.0 is a nightmare – no trouble with 1, but lots with this…

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  9. The Great Missing Sync rip off. Mark Space fails to mention it requires a USB cable for the first sync, yet still takes money for the supposed feature of wireless bluetooth sync.

    The company’s technical and pre-sales support is non-existent.

    I am thinking this entire thing is a thieving scam. This product is awful and they declare all product sales are final. I hope they and their company goes to hell soon.

    Mark Space are thieves. Do not buy from them.

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  10. I just can not get missing sync to connect va usb. Have tried reinstalling but still the same problem. Have treid contacting Mark Space but have not heard a thing from them. I am now stuck. Anybody have any ideas?.

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