Okay, it’s not really an app. It’s a service… but it’s pretty cool.
I don’t know if you are like me, but I have multiple email account synced to my phone. Four to be exact. Now that I live in the smart phone era of the 21st century, I host all my contacts though my gmail account. No more contacts living only on my phone so that when the phone dies or I get a new phone, I have to worry about contacts that are on my phone. However, I have four gmail/google apps account synced to my phone. There have been times when I’m on my phone and I can’t find one of my contacts. I know I have their email address, but its not in my phone contacts? Why, because my contacts with my phone syncs to the contacts of one of my gmail accounts, but the contact I want is in the contacts of another google account. Frustrating!
Forget the phone for a second. I have a lot of contacts and many of them I’ve only connected with them through one email account, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want access to their information regardless of the email account I’m using. It sure would be nice to sync all those contacts.
One thing I’ve done before is literally export the contacts from all my email accounts, cut and paste them to one document, eliminate the duplicates and then import the combined lists into all my email accounts. The only problem is that it is out of date as soon as you enter a new contact. Bummer.
About 3 years ago, I came across a web service called Soocial. You can sync up to 250 contacts on up to three source accounts for free. Even though I had far more than 250 contacts, it worked. It gave me warnings telling me that I needed up upgrade my account for it to keep working. Eventually it stopped syncing and today I found myself needing to sync. I decided to give it a try. I ponied up a whooping $5 for a month of syncing and within minutes, I had all four google accounts connected and it was importing my contacts. I let it do it’s thing and forgot about it. Later, I logged in to check in. All my contacts were synced across all my accounts, meaning that all my contacts were now on my phone.
So, if you’re looking for something like this, give Soocial a shot. You can pay a year in advance at a discounted rate or simply pay by the month. Not sure I’ll keep it or not, but it’s good to know that this service exists and works well.