I was planning to change my mobile after 2 years of using Nokia E66 to Android, my candidate is HTC Desire. So I was struggling around how to migrate my 500+ contact list properly from Nokia for a long time. It seems that since Nokia Ovi Suite has improve a lot about Contact Sync and Online backup, but there is no any feature to export them.
Nokia Ovi Suite has the function to sync contact with Outlook, but personally I disagree to sync my mobile contact via MS Outlook or Outlook Express (obsoleted anyway) Windows Live Mail. First thing is it feel so monopoly, that you must have single mobile phone with single notebook what if I do not have MS Outlook license? What if I want to migrate contacts for my friend's mobile? I don't want to mixup my mobile contacts and my mail contacts or others contacts. The most important thing is that most of Outlook type software from Microsoft can support only single mobile number per contact. This problem will really mess up my contact for sure.
The reason that I prefer to use Android because I'm heavily use Google Apps, I have 5 working gmail accounts, 5 calendars and so on. No other mobile can handle that easily.
As I refer the very useful iPhone vs Android comparison here: http://lifehacker.com/5559357/iphone-vs-android-showdown-which-phone-is-best-for-power-users
Import Nokia Contacts to Google Contacts
Back to basic - Nokia PC Suite 6.86
So I have to come back to Nokia PC Suite 6.86. It still integrated with Windows Explorer, and see contact list as a folder. We just simply browse in the contact folder and copy them as simple vcf files into our folder. Now I have got all contacts information in 500+ files in vCard or .vcf format.
You can download it here: Nokia PC Suite 188.8.131.52
The Next Challange - import multiple vCards or .vcf files into Google Contacts
In Google Contact import function, it surely support vcf format, but it can upload only one by one. My contacts is 500+, but let's imagine some people who has even much more like 2,000+. So I struggle again to find the way out how to import multiple vcf files to Google Contact at once. Thanks to google again: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=4d25bcd602401cfe&hl=en
- Run cmd
- go to the folder that contains all *.vcf files
- run command:
copy /B *.vcf all_in_one.vcf
- this command will merge all *.vcf files into one vcf file that contains all contacts information
Now we get multiple contacts info in single vcf file, and we can import it to Google Contact easily.
Sync Contacts between Nokia and Google with SyncML
When we search "Google Sync" in google, we will get this result: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/
If you use Nokia S60, then you will fall the trap to sync your contact with Mail for Exchange immediately (same as me) and you will get the classic problem of single mobile number support like in Outlook. It just because GoogleSync use ActiveSync standard and the Known Limitation is
* Limited Contact Informationrefer link: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139635
The iPhone can synchronize up to 3 email address. Phone number synchronization is limited to 2 Home numbers, 1 Home Fax, 1 Mobile, 1 Pager, 3 Work (one will be labeled 'Company Main') and one Work Fax number.
It makes my bad impression about GoogleSync with Symbian S60 for quite a long time, until few days ago I tried to read and learn again about Google Sync, What is SyncML??? Why I missed that???
SyncML (Synchronization Markup Language) is the former name for a platform-independent information synchronization standard. The project is currently referred to as Open Mobile Alliance Data Synchronization and Device Management. The purpose of SyncML is to offer an open standard as a replacement for existing data synchronization solutions, which have mostly been somewhat vendor-, application- or operating system specific.
refer link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SyncML
So, SyncML is support only for contact info, but not for mail, calendar, and task. But contact sync is what all i need. I use Gmail App for Symbian to handle my multiple gmail accounts anyway. It also very simple and very easy to configure as well, and it is working very well, smooth synchronization by far. Support multiple mobile numbers per single contact as well.
SyncML set up instruction for Nokia N-Series and E-Series: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=98230