Sync services by Microsoft, Apple and Google

MyPhone: they host your data on the web and sync contacts, calendar and photos with Windows Mobile devices.  This is a free service offered by Microsoft.

MobileMe: they host your data on the web and sync mail, contacts, calendar and photos with iPhone devices.  This is a paid service, currently $99/year.

Google Sync (Beta): syncs Google contacts and calendar (hosted on the web) with iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.  This is a free service offered by Google.

We’re excited at the introduction of these services!  It gives users a reliable and affordable way to sync to their phones, over-the-air.

So do you still need CompanionLink with the introduction of the services mentioned above?  The answer is Yes.

For example, if you’re using ACT!, Lotus Notes, Outlook BCM, Palm Desktop, GroupWise or any other PIM/CRM that’s not supported by the cloud services above, you’ll need CompanionLink to sync this data.  The cloud services can’t access your data.

While our software can sync directly to your phone and bypass the need for the cloud services above, we’re also looking for ways to work with Microsoft, Apple and Google’s sync services.  This will allow you to use CompanionLink to get data from your PIM/CRM to the services above, and then rely on their push-sync to get that data to your phones.

This is what we’re working on:
PIM/CRM <> CompanionLink <> Cloud services (above) <> your phone

Stay tuned to this blog for the lastest developments and a timetable for when we’ll support these mobile sync services.  In the mean time, if you need to sync your PIM/CRM data with your phones, just use CompanionLink’s direct sync.

CompanionLink to support the Acer Tempo smartphone series

Acer just announced a new line of smartphones called the Acer Tempo series.  All devices will be based on the Windows Mobile platform and will span the spectrum from low-end consumer devices to high-end business devices.

One device will even boast dual-SIM card capabilities so users can associate two different numbers (e.g., business and personal) with one phone.

Since CompanionLink supports all devices on the Windows Mobile platform, we will support these Acer devices from Day 1.

More info about Acer Tempo can be found here.

$129 for 12 months of Premium Support

UPDATE: As of June 1, 2011, Premium Support is now $129.

Free support is great when you have time. But what if you’re in a hurry to get answers?

CompanionLink’s Premium Support is like hiring a personal technician for your sync needs. Get in front of the support queue and speak with a single dedicated specialist. It is the fastest way to get your support issues resolved!

Here’s what you get:

# Front-of-the-line privileges for phone and email queues
# Single point of technical contact
# Senior customer-focused specialists on specific PIM/PDA setups
# Dedicated toll-free number
# Guaranteed next-day service on voice messages left during non-business hours

Read more here.

CompanionLink works with Google Sync (Beta)

This week, Google launched their free over-the-air sync service with iPhone and Windows Mobile devices.  They already offered this for BlackBerry devices.

Google Sync (Beta) allows you to wirelessly sync Google contacts and calendar events with iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.

CompanionLink fits this puzzle by allowing Outlook, Lotus Notes and other PIM users to sync their desktop data with their Google accounts.  Once this data is in their Google accounts, it’s automatically pushed to their phones using Google Sync (Beta).

So essentially, with one license of CompanionLink for Google (runs you $29.95), you can have a complete two-way wireless sync solution between Outlook, Google, and your phones.

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iClink is now free

iClink, our application that runs on the iPhone and allows users to wirelessly sync with their PIM/CRM data, is now available for free from the iTunes Store.

This means that anyone who has a 14-day evaluation of CompanionLink Pro can download iClink for free and configure their PIM/CRM to sync with their iPhone.

For full details of how to wirelessly sync data with your iPhone using CompanionLink, visit: companionlink.com/iphone.

CompanionLink to support Palm webOS and Palm Pre

At CES 2009 in Las Vegas, Palm announced their new mobile operating system called Palm webOS.  They also unveiled the first smartphone based on that OS – Palm Pre.  You can read about it here.

CompanionLink will provide full two-way sync support for Palm webOS based devices, including the Palm Pre.  We’re committed to being the first to do so!

CompanionLink software update for BlackBerry Storm

BlackBerry Storm users will need to update their CompanionLink Express or CompanionLink Pro software to version 3042 or later. The update addresses a change in the new version of the operating system – BlackBerry OS 4.7 – that ships on BlackBerry Storm devices.

The update is only required if you have a BlackBerry Storm phone. You do not need the update if your current version of the software is working with your phone.

Customers can download the free update from here:
http://www.companionlink.com/downloads/updates.html

CompanionLink software update for BlackBerry Bold users

BlackBerry Bold users will need to update their CompanionLink Express or CompanionLink Pro software to version 3041 or later.  The update addresses a change in the new version of the operating system – BlackBerry OS 4.6 – that ships on BlackBerry Bold devices.

The update is only required if you have a BlackBerry Bold phone. You do not need the update if your current version of the software is working for you.

Customers can download the free update from here:
http://www.companionlink.com/downloads/updates.html

The first to release two-way sync with Google Android

In staying true with our corporate culture, CompanionLink Software is the first company to annouce and release a two-way sync solution for Google Android phones.

Our software synchronizes contacts, calendar and tasks between Android phones and desktop software like Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, ACT! by Sage, FrontRange GoldMine, and Palm Desktop.

Read more details in the press release.