Head over to https://www.mobical.net/ right now if you want to sync your mobile and keep your contacts safe. For starters Mobical syncs your Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Bookmarks, and SMS and that too via SyncML using OTA (Over The Air) GPRS or EDGE. The synchronizing itself is two-way i.e. mobile to server and server to mobile something which I find lacking in even Google till date unless of course you are having an iPhone or an Android based mobile phone. Unfortunately contrary to what Google thinks most of the mobile phone world still cannot afford an iPhone or an Android based mobile phone and hence have to do with basic smartphones sporting SyncML and/or ActiveSync.
Synchronizing (especially two-way syncing) is very important because for one it keeps your data safe and also will allow you to add or edit large amounts of data on a PC with the keyboard rather than depending on the mobile phone’s touchscreen keypad. Mobical goes one step ahead and supports multiple mobiles so you can sync your contacts and the rest of the information across multiple users. A lot of potential here in case you want to share your contacts details with anyone be it a business colleague or just your spouse.
The process itself is very easy, just visit https://www.mobical.net/ and create a free account. Then you can choose your mobile if its listed and Mobical will send the sync settings to your mobile. Fret not if your mobile is not listed (mine wasn’t), just enter settings manually for all generic devices. The settings themselves go like this…
Sync server URL: http://www.mobical.net/sync/server
Contacts database: con
Calendar database: cal or caltask if your phone synchronizes tasks to the same database as the calendar. If you can't specify the tasks database separately you should probably pick caltask.
Tasks database: task
Notes database: vnote or pnote if you get an error while synchronizing notes.
Bookmark database: bmark
Some phones require that you add a dot and slash before the database names, e.g., ./con. Example of such phones are NEC and Panasonic.
Once this is done you are all set to go. Just run synchronization OTA (Over The Air) and Mobical will import all the data from your mobile phone. Once this is done you can login online and make changes or add new data and run a sync for the same to be reflected on your mobile, and like I said Mobical lets you setup multiple devices so you can share the contacts database or get them on a new mobile device if you should end up losing or changing your mobile phone.
I have done my share of online syncing and trying to backup all sorts of data and nothing else I’ve come across is as impressive as Mobical. Hassle free and free to use, works with practically every mobile phone that has an inbuilt SyncML client and works in syncing and backing up Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Bookmarks, and SMS. Simply put nothing more you can ask for and yes very much highly recommended.