Funambol has today launched the first wireless sync application for BlackBerry. What this application does is pretty much what MobileMe does for iOS users. You can sync contacts with Outlook without the need of Exchange or BES. You can share these contacts with other devices through the Funambol portal.

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But it doesn’t end there, Funambol also includes back-up and restore services, as well as wireless sync of images from your BlackBerry device to social networks, such as Facebook, Picasa and Flickr.

The Funambol application was released today in Beta stage, and is available for you to download from the App World. It includes 50 MBs of free storage at www.mm4bb.com. Additional storage will be available at a later date.

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Press Release Below:

Funambol delivers missing link to PC and the cloud for BlackBerry users

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 3, 2011 – Funambol, the open source mobile cloud company, today launched a mobile cloud service that wirelessly syncs a BlackBerry with a PC and Outlook®, and it allows users to upload pictures to social networks and photo sites. The service is available in ‘beta mode’ via BlackBerry App World™ or at http://www.mm4bb.com. Wireless sync of BlackBerry PIM data has previously only been available to enterprise customers using dedicated software and hardware. Funambol provides the missing link for BlackBerry consumer users to wirelessly sync pictures and for business users to sync key data with Outlook, even without Exchange.

The Funambol BlackBerry service syncs contacts, calendars, tasks, notes and pictures on a BlackBerry with the cloud. Once in the cloud, PIM data (e.g. contacts and calendars) can be automatically synced with Outlook. Device photos can be synced with popular cloud services such as Facebook, Flickr® and Picasa™ as well as a PC. The Funambol service is designed to support the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet once it becomes available. Funambol already supports iPad and Android tablets.

The service is based on the award-winning myFUNAMBOL Portal and provides beta users with a nominal amount of free cloud storage, sufficient for the wireless sync needs of most users. Plans are underway to provide additional storage space. Users will be able to access a premium service from either Funambol itself or a wireless service provider.

“Connected devices are flooding the market – handsets, tablets and cloud services are essential for people to wirelessly sync core data like contacts, calendars and pictures,” said Amit Chawla, Funambol CEO. “iPhone has MobileMe, Android has Google but until now, BlackBerry hasn’t had an equivalent service. Funambol is delivering the missing link by giving BlackBerry consumer users a simple way to sync pictures to the cloud and PCs, and prosumers a way to sync contacts, calendars and more with Outlook, without Exchange or cables.”

He added: “The service offers a wide range of features, including wireless back up of data and content for BlackBerry devices on the cloud. It allows BlackBerry users to stay in sync with the apps and cloud-based services they use every day, such as Outlook, Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.”

“The ability to wirelessly sync contacts, calendars and pictures between BlackBerry devices, Outlook and the cloud, without Exchange and BES, has truly been a missing link,” said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., Principal Analyst at MobileTrax. “The Funambol mobile cloud service will be highly beneficial for BlackBerry users.”

The Funambol BlackBerry service provides numerous benefits, including automated cloud backup of PIM data and pictures, Outlook PIM sync with BlackBerry devices (without Exchange), and an easy way to move contacts and calendars from other phones and systems onto a new BlackBerry (called “onboarding” in the industry). For example, the service lets users of other mobile devices, such as iPhone, Android and Symbian, easily migrate contacts and other data to BlackBerrys (as well as with other devices).  The service also includes a ‘time machine’-like (data backup) feature that allows users to recover mistakenly deleted data.

About Funambol

Funambol is the open source mobile cloud company for billions of mobile phones and connected devices. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed by top mobile operators, device manufacturers, internet companies, service providers and ISVs. For more information, visithttp://www.funambol.com.

Set-up instructions, if needed, are as follows:

Download the Funambol app from the App World on your BlackBerry

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1. As a normal precaution as with any beta service, it is recommended to have a backup of your mobile phone data before using Funambol.

2. Download the Funambol app from App World on your BlackBerry (search for Funambol) and run it.

3. The first time the app runs, it asks you to enter your mobile phone number (this is your Funambol username) and a password (remember these to log in later online).

4. Once complete, use the app to sync your data.

5. After syncing, you can log in at http://www.mm4bb.com or http://my.funambol.com to see your contacts, calendar and pictures on the online portal.

6. On the portal, you can share your photos with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa as well as sync Outlook (see below), import your Facebook friends’ profile pictures and more.

IF you want to sync Outlook

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1. Once logged into the portal, from the My Desktop area, follow the on-screen steps to download the Windows/Outlook Sync client to your PC and install it.

2. In the client, enter your Funambol username and password (that you created during sign-up) in Tools -> Options -> Account.

3. Using the sync client, sync your Outlook data, which will be synced to your account on the Funambol portal.

4. To sync this data from the portal to your BlackBerry, go into the Funambol app on your BlackBerry and sync.