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Copying Mac Address Book to LG Viewty (LG-KU990)

My phone contract was up recently, and as an incentive to sign on for another year, my provider offered me a free upgrade. So I took the LG Viewty also known as the LG-KU990.1 I’ll do a full review later, but for the moment, I want to talk about one issue I’ve experienced with it.

LG Viewty (LG-KU990)

LG Viewty (LG-KU990)

I go through so many phones that I like to keep my address book on my MacBook and sync it with my phone. While the Viewty does have Bluetooth, it’s not supported by iSync. Even worse, Bluetooth File Exchange couldn’t see any of the files or folders on the phone2.

I had the same problem with my Nokia 3120, so I was somewhat hopeful that I’d find an iSync plugin to get me up and running.

After a lot of searching, I discovered that LG use their own OS on the phone which is overlaid with Flash screens to enable interactivity. Worse still, LG don’t implement the SyncML protocol used by the other major manufacturers, and by iSync. So there’s no way to sync my brand new phone with my MacBook.

My only concern is the phone book, I don’t use iCal, and I really don’t want to have to manually enter every name in my Address Book. Luckily, there is a work-around, and here’s how:

  • Open Address Book,
  • Use CMD-A to select all the entries in your Address Book,
  • Navigate to “File” -> “Export” -> “Export vCard…”,
  • When prompted save the vCard.

The next step involves connecting to the Viewty via Bluetooth. If you have not paired the devices before, then you should do so now.3

  • Click the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar and navigate to “Browse Device”,
  • Select your phone name from the list and click “Browse”,
  • Tap “Yes” on the Viewty to accept the incoming connection request,
  • On your Mac, click the “Send…” button in Bluetooth File Exchange,
  • Locate the vCards file that you saved earlier, and click “Send”,
  • Once the transfer has completed, the Viewty should prompt you to “Restore Contact backup file”, tap “Yes”.

And that’s it. Your Address Book has now been copied to your phone.

  1. I’d usually link to the official site, but it’s flash based and doesn’t work on Mac OS X – and there doesn’t seem to be a text based version available []
  2. Even though Bluetooth File Exchange won’t display any files or folders, the phone is still connected via Bluetooth and files can still be transferred in the normal manner. []
  3. Short and simple explanation: Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac, turn on Bluetooth on your phone, click the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar, select “Set Up Bluetooth Device” and follow the Setup Assistant. []

Using iSync to Connect to a Nokia 3120 Classic

Update 9th November 2009: This is my last attempt at trying to get the Nokia 3120 classic working with iSync in Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6).

  • Download the modified iSync plugin here.
  • Unzip the plugin.
  • Open your Applications folder and locate iSync.
  • Right click iSync and select “Show Package Contents” from the menu.
  • In the new Finder window navigate to:

Contents/PlugIns/ApplePhoneConduit.syncdevice/Contents/PlugIns/

  • Copy the Nokia-3120c.phoneplugin that you download from this site into this folder.
  • When prompted that the plugins folder cannot be modified, click “Authenticate”.
  • Enter your password.

I have no idea if this will work or not, but it’s the best that I can do.

Update 29th October 2009: I’ve had a look at the plist file format for iSync on Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6), and there have been some changes. I’ve updated the 3120c.plist file to reflect these changes, but I’m unable to test the new file. If you’d like to test the new file, you can download it here and please let me know how it goes in the comments. Thanks, Paul.

Update 19th October 2009: As posted in the comments below, this plugin no longer works with Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). As I no longer have a Nokia 3120c to test with, so I’m afraid I have no way to update the plugin. If anyone does have a working plugin for Snow Leopard, let me know and I’ll link to it from here. Thanks. Paul.

I lost my phone a couple of weeks ago, so I went out and bought a new one. I plumped for a Nokia 3120, because it had what I wanted – a basic camera, bluetooth, and a memory slot – and was cheap.

As with all Nokia’s connecting it to your PC is achieved by using Nokia’s PC Suite, however, connecting it to my Mac via iSync didn’t seem to be possible. I could browse the device via Bluetooth, but iSync would report that it could not use the device.

Thanks to James Lloyd, I was eventually able to get it working. James has a great post about using iSync to connect to Nokia’s Series 40 phones, and helpfully provides plugin’s for nearly 40 models.

While the 3120 classic is not listed, I was able to modify one of the plugins to get it to work. You can grab the 3120 iSync plugin here. Just follow James’ instructions and iSync will happily connect to your 3120.

Edit: The original instructions on James’ blog have disappeared, so you can now find the installation instructions here.

  • Right click iSync from the with applications in the finder and “show package contents”
  • Navigate to: ContentsPluginsApplePhoneConduit.syncdeviceContentsPluginsNokia-6131.phonepluginContentsResources

!!! make a backup of MetaClasses.plist !!!

  • replace contents of MetaClasses.plist with the iSync plugin (text file downloaded from here) for your nokia mobile!