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    Lightbulb HOWTO: Sync Nokia E-series Phone with Evolution via Bluetooth

    This is a howto for syncing a Nokia E-series phone (Symbian 9.1, Series60 3rd edition) with Evolution. This has been tested with Nokia E50.

    Kubuntu-users, you should check this post too:

    For Nokia E65 users (and why not other Nokia phones with S60 3rd edition FP1 too), check this howto

    For most of the systems this works only for contacts. However, as link above states, Calendar syncing seems to work at least for Nokia E65

    1. Add required repositories

    Add following repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb feisty main
    deb-src feisty main
    To add key for the repo, do the following:
    gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys CB210090B029CB84
    gpg --export CB210090B029CB84 | sudo apt-key add -
    2. Install required software
    sudo aptitude install libopensync-plugin-* libopensync0 opensyncutils msynctool mulstisync-qad bluez-passkey-gnome bluez-gnome
    On Gutsy (7.10) the package names are bit different. Run command below instead.
    sudo aptitude install opensyncutils opensync-plugin-evolution opensync-plugin-syncml multisync-tools multisync0.90
    3. Configure msynctool
    You can configure opensync via a graphical interface using multisync-qad (using similiar settings as below) or you can use command line. Guide below is for commandline. Note, that the commandline is reported not to work flawlessly on Feisty. You'll bet better results with GUI

    Add a new group of preferred name (I'll be using nokia in this example):
    msynctool --addgroup nokia
    Add plugins to group. If you get errors in this face, they are propably due to missing plugins so check you've installed all required plugins.
    msynctool --addmember nokia evo2-sync
    msynctool --addmember nokia syncml-obex-client
    Next is the 'trickiest' part. Installed plugins need to be configured. First, you have to find your phone's MAC. Use hcitool to do that:
    hcitool scan
    It should return something like:
    xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx PhoneName
    Now, configure the syncml-obex-client:
    msynctool --configure nokia 2
    Replace the context of the configuration (should be open in separate editor after running previous command) with the following XML:
            <identifier>PC Suite</identifier>
            <!-- This needs to be set to 10 000, otherwise you'll be sending more data than your phone can handle. -->
    Where bluetooth_address is your phone's MAC address you just discovered.

    After configuring the syncml-obex-client it's time to configure evo2-sync. Open configuration file with command
    msynctool --configure nokia 1
    And modify it to look like:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    Replace USERNAME with your username.

    Edgy note: With the latest update from jahn repositories, this works with defaults. You can configure Calendar as calendar_db to syncml-obex-client setup to make calendar syncing work

    4. Sync!
    You should be good to go now, so you should try synchronizing:
    msynctool --sync nokia
    Edit 2007-10-25 Recvlimit (for syncing both, calendar and contacts). Thanks
    Edit 2007-09-04 New repos (thanks to
    Edit 2007-08-12: Added note about E65 howto (thanks
    Edit 2006-10-02: Notes can be extracted, but not yet to Evolution. I'm working on this

    Please let me know if there's some problems with this!
    Last edited by Nailor; October 25th, 2007 at 08:04 AM. Reason: New repos


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