Now I’m probably going to get myself in trouble here for speaking out of my own ass, so kindly correct if I get this wrong. But best as I can tell, Funambol is actually a platform upon which at least three separate products are built:
- The Carrier Edition – for service providers, portals, carriers and device makers
- The Community Edition – an open source sync solution for devices connected to Linux and Windows servers. (This, by the way is where I’m stumped. By “server” do they mean a computer, a web server or both?)
- The myFUNAMBOL portal – an ad-supported introduction to the Funambol platform. I think.
That last one is what we’ll be looking at today. myFUNAMBOL also includes push email — that’s where the ads come in — but I’ll be reviewing just the sync part.
Here’s what Funambol looks like installed on my E71. You’ll find it in the Sync Folder of your S60 handset.
I should point out that it’s not actually an installed app, per se, but rather a bunch of settings for connecting to a standard SyncML server.
At present, the myFUNAMBOL portal will sync with your handset’s calendar and contacts only…
… Though as you can see, SyncML can also support the syncing of notes, texts and bookmarks from your web browser.
Syncing happens over-the-air via whichever data connection your phone supports, and your data ends up here, on the myFUNAMBOL web portal.
Kudos to the Funambol team for correctly choosing the white-coloured handset as their default E71 icon. 😉
Another nice touch is that you can make a Skype call to any of your contacts just by clicking on the phone number. I had no idea about this until I found my cursor hovering over an entry quite by accident.
Unfortunately this is where the love ends for me and myFUNAMBOL. Like vufone there is no way to export your PIM data to a desktop computer file. Such a feature will be important to you if, like me, you’re running Linux on your desktop computer and wish to bypass local sync entirely, but still want to back up your data.
Of course, myFUNAMBOL may well be just a technology demo and this is probably where the Community Edition of Funambol steps in — I just need someone to explain it to me…