If you're not using iCloud, or you turn iCloud off, you can continue to use iSync v3.1.2 from Snow Leopard in Lion for now.
Alternatively, you can probably just transfer contacts as vCards via Bluetooth.
I'm using the iSync app from the link Julian has provided ..I have a Nokia phone and I don't like Apple for trying to force me into buying an iPhone by discontinuing the iSync ..
All you need to do is download that app (or if you are paranoid you can extract your own from snow leopard disc using pacifier) and stick it in the applications folder .. it works perfectly ..
and also you'll need to download your phone's plugin from manufacturer as usual ..
Apple aren't trying to force you to buy an iPhone. In the Windows world it's the phone manufacturer that provides sync support for their customers, not the computer OS provider. Phone manufacturers should do the same for their Mac customers.
iSync served its purpose well when non-smartphones were the norm and many of them adhered to the industry standard SyncML protocol iSync utilises. Most phones released in the last year or so and going forward would not work with iSync anyway, even if Apple still developed it. So there's little point Apple spending their own development time and money doing something the phone manufacturers should be doing, and are better placed for doing so.
I find your post informing and well educated , thanks .. Could you also share with me your ideas on why would Apple remove a 21MB , otherwise perfectly working not really conflicting with any new frameworks etc. application from their new operating system ..
Such a move would certainly upset a number of customers (like ou have two in this thread) while at the same time I doubt there would be anyone who says "thanks apple for removing iSync" ..
Your thoughts ??
iSync has been removed from Lion because it relies on the underlying SyncServices framework in Mac OS X.
SyncServices is a proprietary Apple-only framework which handled inter-app syncing of contacts and calendars. Instead of continuing to develop a proprietary sync framework that is not compatible with anything other than Apple computers, Apple has decided to use the cross-platform, open and industry-standard CardDAV and CalDAV protocols. These industry standard protocols are in use by most other companies offering contact and calendar syncing, and utilising those means Apple's syncing is instantly compatible with any other CalDAV or CardDAV client on any computer or mobile system, regardless of manufacturer.
Also, SyncServices could only sync local data, whereas CardDAV and CalDAV work over a network connection. If you have multiple devices to sync, using SyncServices each device has to be physically connected to the host computer storing the data. With CardDAV and CalDAV syncing can occur anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
SyncServices has been deprecated in Mac OS X Lion. That means it is scheduled for removal and developers should not be using it any longer. It will be removed completely in Mountain Lion, due for release this summer, so iSync will stop working completely then.