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Announcing contacts mobile phone sync, public alpha
Hello fellow Ubuntu One users!
I'm excited to finally be writing this email. For over a year now, the team has
been working on an address book contacts synchronization service that will
raise the bar for what's currently available on Linux desktops.
Getting contacts on CouchDB and replicating between desktops and the cloud was
the first big step. The second, and much bigger step, is to actually get those
contacts from and to mobile phones. To achieve this, we have partnered with a
company called Funambol, who share our views on open source, and have an
established a proven software stack that synchronizes thousands of mobile
phones and other devices. They have built a community around different client
plugins, virtually supporting the majority of the existing software on all
platforms that have contacts (Thunderbird, Outlook, Mac OS X Mail, etc). We are
excited to be working with them.
Due to the costs of implementing the Funambol server, the phone synchronization
service will only be part of Ubuntu One paid plans. But everyone (free and paid
users) will have the opportunity to try the service and get all of their
contacts onto their desktop for free with a 30-day trial!. The 30 days will
only start counting once Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is released at the end of April.
More information about the mobile contacts synchronization service can be found
Right now we're at a stage where we feel confident opening up the service for
wider testing. We strongly recommend that you have a backup of your contacts
since we've only tested with a hand-full of phone models at this point.
We're still ramping up our servers to support new record level loads, so we
expect the next week or two to be a bit bumpy. We should have these
infrastructure improvements ready before the Lucid release.
All of the information to start testing is available at:
No matter how successful or unsuccessful the mobile contacts synchronization is
for you, we would like to ask everyone to please fill out the test cases. They
are critical to improving this new service for everyone.
At this point of testing, we favor IRC chats (freenode, #ubuntuone) and replies
on this mailing list rather than creating new bugs in Launchpad. We would feel
better if the developers filed the bugs with the proper debugging information
rather than having dozens of bugs we can't act on. This will change in the near
future, but for this stage, it's easier for us.
Thank you! We look forward to getting your testing results.
Martin and The Ubuntu One Team