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Old 06-07-2011, 07:33 PM   #131
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MyPhoneExplorer seems to be capable, but stops after a hundred contacts. Uninstalled
Finally got Companionling going again once I chanced to USB sync instead of going through Google contacts. Have tried about 5 other products. Could be my large contact list.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:24 PM   #132
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It seems Google does not want to do what apple, rim and other have done and provide a free simple way to sync contracts and calendars:

I can't justify an Android phone until this is fixed

Wake up Google
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:07 AM   #133
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:20 AM   #134
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mcatsr, Please don't take what I am writing personally. I'm just explaining things. Everyone has their own opinion on the matter. I see that Google makes the Android OS and then allows anyone to use it as they see fit. HP makes a controller for their printers from it. China strips everything Google from it. So why is Google off base by not making a free complete sync solution for each and every Office product out there? Where do they start and end? Yes, I know that Outlook is the largest PIM out there. But others want Google to sync with their PIMs as well. Also, will you be satisfied with just contacts and calendar? Others demand that Google syncs notes, tasks, and email as well.

I don't understand why you are blaming Google and not the Android vendor. It is the vendor who made the phone and tailored the OS to their liking. To sync to Outlook, Samsung makes Kies. HTC makes HTC Sync. Dell makes Dell Mobile Sync. Garmin makes Garminfone Sync. They are the ones responsible for the strengths and weaknesses of their own products and providing Sync solutions. I fail to see why Google needs to wake up when the vendors are the ones responsible.

Google took the liberty of making a free Calendar sync solution. That was a good business decision because it makes others want more (like you). The "more" is provided with Google Apps for $50 per year. Other third party vendors also provide a "lite" version of their software for free, but a paid version that does a lot more. Google is awake and has provided what you want. If you don't want to pay $50 per year, then you may use one of the many free solutions or buy one of the third party solutions for a one time cost. I think Google is awake and making a fortune from good business decisions. Cheers!
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:10 PM   #135
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Google does not want to help people sync Outlook with their Android phone because Google wants "Google Apps" to replace Microsoft Office, and Google wants people to put their valuable personal contact information on the Gmail servers so that Google can know everything about you and your contacts so that they can better target you with adverstising and services.

I solved the sync problem by using a Hotmail account to automatically sync contacts and calendar between Outlook and my Android phone, from anywhere in the world. I still use Gmail for email in Outlook and on my Android phone. It's free and it works perfectly. (And it keeps your contact information from being abused by Google.) If you try it and don't like it, you can revert back in seconds by simply changing you sync and view settings.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:26 PM   #136
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Google does not want to help people sync Outlook with their Android phone because Google wants "Google Apps" to replace Microsoft Office, and Google wants people to put their valuable personal contact information on the Gmail servers so that Google can know everything about you and your contacts so that they can better target you with adverstising and services.

I solved the sync problem by using a Hotmail account to automatically sync contacts and calendar between Outlook and my Android phone, from anywhere in the world. I still use Gmail for email in Outlook and on my Android phone. It's free and it works perfectly. (And it keeps your contact information from being abused by Google.) If you try it and don't like it, you can revert back in seconds by simply changing you sync and view settings.
So, "Google does not want to help people sync Outlook with their Android phone", but they offer Google Calendar sync for free AND they offer a paid Google Apps to sync Contacts and Notes for profit. That seems to indicate they don't mind helping people sync Outlook with their Androids because they make a tidy profit from it. In the same way, Microsoft produces Office for the Mac and makes a profit from it.

"Google wants people to put their valuable personal contact information on the Gmail servers so that Google can know everything about you", but you "still use Gmail for email in Outlook and on my Android phone" because "it keeps your contact information from being abused by Google"? So, it's OK for them to look through all the personal and private information in emails, but not OK for them to see contacts? I'm a little confused on that, but OK.

Don't get me wrong. The hotmail solution you mentioned is good. I really like it. Many people who don't like their data going over to Google at all will appreciate it. It's a wireless sync. It's automatic. It can occur anywhere, not just when you tether a USB or around your Wi-Fi. It syncs almost every bit of contact information you would want. And it's free! It's just that people who are on Verizon will find it unpopular as it will cost them $120 per year to use. For that price, they could use use CompanionLink's secure server sync and get the same information synced encrypted from Outlook to Android and it would be wireless and automatic.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone else who uses other carriers like T-Mobile, Cricket, AT&T, or US Cellular. Do they bill extra like Verizon for using Exchange to sync data? Or are they like Sprint who does not bill extra?
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #137
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I just lost all my Contacts.

(briefly.......................(

There is an OS update for my EVO so I wanted to make a copy of my Contacts before I instaled it.

I haven't been using any sync program because of the Android/Outlook sync debacle; I've been updating OL, QB & Phone separately. I did not want to risk loosing or corrupting the db,

I'd added a lot of information to my phone and wanted make sure to update my Outlook Contacts, get rid of duplicate info., and do a clean re-install of them on the phone.

I reinstalled HTC Sync onto my Laptop (wanted to be careful not to corrupt my main computer) and had enabled the "Sync" application to add info from my Phone "if there was any conflict".

I then made sure my Contacts were empty so I could download my data to a "blank" Outlook on my laptop. <It worked once but I had over 6,800 Contacts because of duplicates.>

I could not save the "Contacts" to a separate folder because of the size (probably) and so...I reluctantly deleted them for a clean empty Contact file.

I then added the Data fields that I wanted so that the data from my phone could be imported/copied/synced.....whatever. The standard set of fields in the Contact section was pretty limited.

I AGAIN VERIFIED THAT THE HTC SYNC PROGRAM WAS SET TO USE THE DATA IN MY PHONE IF THERE WAS A CONFLICT.

IT SHOULD HAVE JUST ADDED THE INFO FROM MY PHONE TO THE PROGRAM.....?!???!?!?

Everything is gone.

I CAN'T WRITE CODE....OR SOFTWARE. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT CAN WRITE A PROGRAM THAT WILL SPEAK WITH BOTH OUTLOOK AND ANDROID? HELP! <if I had a white flag....it would go here *~/
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:11 PM   #138
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I'd pay to have my Outlook sync perfectly without it being housed or passing thru the Google servers.
........even if it is partially too late
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:33 AM   #139
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So try MyPhoneExplorer - it works for me and many others.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:52 AM   #140
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So, "Google does not want to help people sync Outlook with their Android phone [because Google wants "Google Apps" to replace Microsoft Office]", but they offer Google Calendar sync for free AND they offer a paid Google Apps to sync Contacts and Notes for profit. That seems to indicate they don't mind helping people sync Outlook with their Androids because they make a tidy profit from it.
Google Apps Sync is Google's clever way to wean people from Microsoft Office onto Google Apps, while making sure that all of your valuable contact information ends up on Google's Gmail servers. Once your Outlook contacts & calendar are on Gmail's servers, of course they'll sync to your phone, but it's not like Google is offering a free app to let Outlook synchronize with Android. It's all part of their strategy to replace Microsoft Office with Google Apps.

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"Google wants people to put their valuable personal contact information on the Gmail servers so that Google can know everything about you", but you "still use Gmail for email in Outlook and on my Android phone" because "it keeps your contact information from being abused by Google"? So, it's OK for them to look through all the personal and private information in emails, but not OK for them to see contacts? I'm a little confused on that, but OK.
For the most part, emails only have email addresses, though I'm sure Google tries to glean contact info and your associations. Contacts have full names associated with email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, work addresses, vacation-home addresses, job titles, birthdates, employers, etc. And contacts associate you to the people in your contacts folder. That's far, far more valuable marketing information than emails. I'm surprised that you're "a little confused on that".

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It's just that people who are on Verizon will find it unpopular as it will cost them $120 per year to use.
According to Verizon's website, Hotmail access is included in their smartphone data plan. I just called Verizon and the rep confirmed that there is no additional fee to use/synchronize Hotmail email, contacts, & calendar.

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