FusionOne’s MightyBackup software is designed to back-up the contacts held on phones using the Symbian operating system, which is used by the majority of Europe’s mobile phones, including a number of business-orientated smart phones that carry many hundreds of contacts.
When new contacts are typed into the phone they can be backed-up onto a server held in the mobile operator’s datacentre, which also gives the user access to a copy via a web portal too.
If a phone is lost or stolen, the contacts held on the server can be downloaded onto the new Sim. To make the process work, a small memory application is loaded onto the phone. A user can view their contacts via the web portal at any time and also print the contacts out whenever needed.
FusionOne chief executive Rick Onyon said that MightyBackup will be available in the nest couple of weeks once operator trials are carried out.
Alternative methods to back-up a phone’s Sim contacts include using devices that involve inserting a Sim and downloading the data onto a PC via a USB connection. Synchronisation of data between phones, PDAs and PCs can also be completed wirelessly using the SyncML protocol, but relatively few products are loaded with this technology.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia
This was first published in May 2004