When trying to sync a new iPhone to my Google Apps account it seems that it’s no longer possible to use Exchange push mail, address book and calendar syncing. By signing up for their service for free I paid by letting Google rummage through my mail for later use in targeted advertising. But now they killed yet another service that I come to depend on. My trust in Google is totally gone. Now I have to spend hours setting up a mail server, getting passwords from my users and sync all accounts using IMAP. Then I have to help everyone to set up iCloud sync for the address book and calendars instead. Because Google can’t be trusted. All these problems can easily fixed buy paying Google, but why pay twice? Money AND my private life? WTF?
How the decision makers at Google management thinks is beyond me. You don’t provide services for people and then pull the rug from under their feet, that doesn’t instill trust in any of your products. But lesson learned, no more depending on paid by selling my privacy to Google…
If you still want to sync your stuff, there is a way of syncing in the link below. Not nearly as good or convenient, and you have to change the settings on all your iOS devices.
We announced that starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. You can read more about the Google Sync End of Life on the Google Blog. I’ve put together a list of common questions/concerns.