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July 27, 2011

simyo Selects Funambol's Cloud Service for Mobile Devices

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor

The influx of mobile devices has created a concentrated focus on cloud services. The ability to access all of one’s personal data regardless of the time or place, from one central location has become a valuable resource that has turned into a standard. With so much information to keep track of on our multiple mobile devices, mobile users are turning to cloud-based personal digital locker services to sync and store data across their devices. 

Funambol (News - Alert), provider of smart cloud sync solutions for mobile phones and connected devices, powered by open source, provides its customers with a complete solution comparable to iCloud, with one exception: it can support any platform, not just Apple (News - Alert) products.

Funambol and simyo, the mobile brand for a new generation of customers, have announced that the new simyo Sync service, based on Funambol MediaHub, is now live. simyo Sync enables users to keep mobile phones, tablets, PCs and other devices in sync with a digital locker in the cloud. It backs up user data and allows easy access across multiple devices.

"Funambol is pleased that simyo chose Funambol and is now live for its million-plus users," said Amit Chawla (News - Alert), Funambol CEO. "Along with major customers that are deploying it in Asia and the Americas this month, MediaHub is the world's fastest growing white-label digital locker solution for diverse devices."

simyo selected Funambol for its its flexible data and device support as well as rapid time-to-market. Unlike other mobile sync solutions, MediaHub is a white-label solution for mobile operators, device makers and other companies that want to deploy a digital locker to their users. It supports most types of data and devices while simyo Sync initially syncs PIM data and complies with all European data privacy and security regulations.

"simyo Sync extends the simyo brand and value across all of our users' mobile devices," said Nicolas Biagosch, simyo CEO. "The integration of Funambol was easy and enabled us to deploy our service quickly so that we could be the first in our market to offer a cloud digital locker."

Hal Stegar, vice president marketing for Funambol explained the company’s MediaHub to TMC (News - Alert) as just like iCloud except it can work with any operating system.  Funambol provides its customers with a free open source version as well as a commercial version that includes additional capabilities to match the scalability needs for each individual company.

With over 5 billion mobile phones in the world, a cloud solution is necessary for all devices to provide a universal solution for every operating platform out there.

Stegar notes that by 2016, the personal cloud market will become a $12 billion industry.  He explained the monetization of cloud service as encompassing four different models: freemium models like Dropbox (News - Alert) that provide a controlled amount of space that can be upgraded for an additional cost, content models which are also free, but require users to purchase additional devices or programs in order to use them, legal advertising and feature models which provide the basic version at no cost but require a subscription for additional capabilities.

 The new simyo Sync service is now available at no cost for all users. For more information on the free service click here

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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