I’ve finally untethered my iPhone from iTunes, at least for keeping my calendar and contacts up to date. I’m using Thunderbird to manage email, contacts, and calendar, and using Google as a back end to keep it all synchronized between the iPhone, my Linux desktop, my Windows Vista notebook, and Google Apps on the web.
This will work with any Google mail account, whether it’s @gmail.com or a google apps account like @sterndata.com and will work with any phone that can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange.
- Import contacts into Thunderbird from Outlook. The steps are .
- Install the gContactSync addon for Thunderbird.
- On the phone, that points to your Google account and enable Calendar and Contacts.
Be sure to back up all of your address books, calendars, and phones first, just in case.