I just renewed my subscription to the 4SmartPhone.net hosted Exchange service after completing my first year of service. As a person who uses lots of mobile devices, a Windows PC, and a MacBook Pro I needed a way to keep all of them in sync with my important data while at work, home, and on the road. I tried syncing via cables and more often than not ended up with duplicates and data being overwritten and lost. I then tried the hosted Exchange solution after taking Jason Dunn's advice and after just a couple of days with the free trial I immediately subscribed. My Nokia E61 and then T-Mobile Dash both supported syncing with Exchange ActiveSync, one with the free Nokia Mail for Exchange client and the other with the Windows Mobile 5 update. The Mail for Exchange client was also working with Nseries devices, although it seems to really be intended for Eseries devices, but the latest version breaks this functionality. There is a solution though that works on Nseries, Eseries and S60 mobile devices from DataViz called RoadSync.
|Image Gallery: Check out RoadSync for S60 mobile devices.|
The latest version of RoadSync, version 3.002, was just recently released and actually has more functionality than the Nokia Mail for Exchange client with support for Exchange Server 2007. RoadSync still works with Exchange Server 2003 too, but now takes advantage of some advanced features of 2007. Some of these advanced features are e-mail flags, faster message retrieval, online mailbox search, and SharePoint and UNC file access. Unfortunately, 4SmartPhone hasn't yet upgraded their servers to Exchange Server 2007 so I can't yet take advantage of these advance features. The latest version of RoadSync also adds features to Exchange 2003, including mailbox subfolders, message zooming, improved attachment handling, improved push logic, and support for S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1.
After you install RoadSync and launch the application for the first time a setup wizard walks you through setting up RoadSync with your Exchange server and then tests your settings to verify success. You can then go in to the Settings and select how often you want your data synced (push, manual, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, and 12 hours) and when (peak and off peak schedules, days and times).
Email settings can also be customized for how far back you want to sync emails (all, 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, or 1 month), the size of email you want to receive on your device, a signature you want to add to emails written on your device, as well as a new feature to manage your subfolders. With the ability to manage subfolders you can manage, move, view, file and synchronize email you have stored on your Exchange server. This is a very useful new feature since I often file emails and then want to go back and read the content in them while on the road.
There are a couple of calendar settings in RoadSync, primarily how far back you want to sync your calendar. Contacts syncing can either be turned on or off.
RoadSync works via WiFi or wireless data connections. Be aware that having your email setup for push email 24 hours a day will impact your battery life. Even if you don't use the push email functionality, RoadSync is a great way to keep your calendar and contacts in sync and backed up to a central server. You can purchase RoadSync for S60 devices for US$49.99.