You’re just one step away now. Open up iSync—an application bundled with your Mac that you probably haven’t used unless you’ve synced some other phone or PDA with your Mac—and open the Preferences. Tick the checkbox labelled Show Status in Menu Bar, and then click the menu bar entry and choose Sync Now. iSync will sync your Address Book to Mail2Web, which will in turn push your contacts to your phone.
Now any time you update your contacts from Address Book, just head to the Sync Now option in your menu bar. Once you do that, check out your contacts on your iPhone and you’ll see your newly synced info automatically pushed to your iPhone. Nice.
What About Calendars?
What About Outlook?
I tried setting up Mail2Web with Microsoft Outlook, which in theory it should work perfectly with for all your email, contacts, and calendars, but I didn’t have any success. This may be due to limitations placed on free accounts at Mail2Web. The cheapest version of Mail2Web that I believe would work with Outlook is $US4.45 a month, which—at $US53 per year—is still much cheaper than MobileMe and setting up your ow
n Exchange server. If you have had success setting up Mail2Web with Outlook on the desktop, let’s hear how you did it in the comments.
Either way, as long as you get through the first step of setting up your iPhone or iPod touch with Mail2Web, you’ve got push email, contacts, and calendars ready to go on your device. All your Mail2Web email will push to your device, all your contacts will sync between Mail2Web and your phone, and every calendar change you make between the two will stay in instantaneous sync.
If you don’t already have a desktop contact manager and calendar of choice, that may be all you need. Otherwise we may have to sit back and wait until Google or some other more popular service offers their own similar solution.
NOTE:Yahoo Mail has also offered push email for the iPhone since it was launched, so if you only want push email and don’t need the rest, I’d recommend setting up a Yahoo Mail account and either use it exclusively or forward your mail to your Yahoo Mail account.
Adam Pash is a senior editor for Lifehacker who prefers pushing to pulling. His special feature Hack Attack appears every week on Lifehacker.