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Question: does iSync not support your mobile phone? try this.

Recently I got a Samsung A777 mobile phone. I wasn't able to learn everything about it before buying, but in absence of the information I couldn't get, it was the best choice for me. When I attempted to sync it with my Mac, iSync told me in so many words "This device is not supported by iSync". Well, there's more than one way to skin a cat.

So I did a little research. First I found this site http://blog.jayfields.com/2006/08/sync-your-samsung-phone-with-your-mac.html which links to this app http://homepage.mac.com/gaz/FileSharing13.html

After some experimenting, I discovered I can export in vCard 3.0 format, skip using the app, export a group of contacts to one file, and send it to the phone. Done. The address book on the phone contains one entry per name, each entry contains all of that person's numbers, and each number bears the correct icon for home, work, mobile, fax. Email addresses copy too.

This method of syncing is so easy I think nothing of deleting the entire address book from the phone, and uploading the whole contacts group again. Since that's what I've been doing, I don't know if uploading the contacts twice back-to-back would create duplicates. And as far as I know, there's no way to sync back from the phone.

But I don't care much about that. I'm fine recording a voice memo reminding me to make certain changes to an address book entry on the Mac and sync the whole thing again. Takes just a moment.

Perhaps in the future Samsung will be more SyncML and OpenSync friendly.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Aug 7, 2009 8:07 AM in response to Howard Schumacher In response to Howard Schumacher

You can make this process a bit shorter by doing this:

1) Drag the *Bluetooth File Exchange* application to your Dock.
2) Set-up a Group in *Address Book* containing the contacts you want on your phone

Then, whenever you want to re-copy the contacts to your phone, just do this:

Open *Address Book* and drag the Contact group onto the *Bluetooth File Exchange* icon in your Dock.

(BTW, for true bi-directional syncing with iSync you might like to contact http://www.novamedia.de as they do iSync Plugins for over 60 existing Samsung phones, and may be able to do one for yours).

Aug 7, 2009 8:07 AM

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Aug 8, 2009 7:19 AM in response to Purple Poise In response to Purple Poise

Try changing the vCard format in Address Book preferences.

EDIT: According to this phones specifications () it doesn't even support the industry standard vCard / vCal formats! So looks like you'll have to resort to manually entering all your data on the phone itself.

Aug 8, 2009 7:19 AM

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Question: does iSync not support your mobile phone? try this.