PIM 2.0: A Moment with Mobyko

(Continuing my quest for the perfect PIM 2.0 clientclick here to see where it all began…)

Okay, there’s getting to be so many of these things that I’m going to take a page from CrunchBase — literally — and let the company describe their product in their own words:

Mobyko is an online living address book and social media management service for mobile phone users who want to stay connected to their lives on the web while on the move.

Remember that phrase “social media management service”, because that’s about the only thing that differentiates Mobyko from any of the other unremarkable online backup/sync solutions out there.

Sorry, getting ahead of myself here…

Mobyko SyncML Profile

Mobyko can install itself as a SyncML client on your handset via text message, or you can enter the details manually.

What Mobyko SyncsAnd here the unremarkable part: Mobyko will only sync your contacts and calendar — no notes, texts or browser bookmarks.

MK-Fido-PXL...?Somehow Mobyko installs its own data connection. I can’t figure out exactly what “MK-(carrier)-PXL” means, but I don’t like it.

Mobyko on FacebookAnd here’s the “social media” part: Mobyko’s claim to fame is that, with the corresponding Facebook app, it will pull the profile pics of your Fb friends and put them on your phone. Yeah, about that… I’ve got photos of my friends that are more damning than anything on Facebook thanks very much. 😈

Mobyko also offers a web gateway for sending texts, but as the company is based in the United Kingdom users anywhere else will have to pay international sending charges — and if you’re going to do that you might as well just use FishText.

And I may be a bit of a dick for writing this, but I’d be doing you disservice if I didn’t remind you of ongoing privacy concerns in the nanny state. There’s not much you can do about it if you live there (except maybe fight it) but like I said at the beginning of this post, there are lots of these services around — I just haven’t gotten to them all yet!

Sorry Mobyko, moving on…


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