I'm still transferring phone numbers from my old cell phone to my new phone. The
new phone has BlueTooth, so with any luck I'll never have to
go through this nonsense again. Actually, I shouldn't have
had to go through this at all: the old Nokia 7160 has an IR port
and I was able to get a sketchy and unreliable connection to
it now and then, but I was never able to transfer its address book
that way. Oh well, I still have fingers.
Once I have everything in, I can easily transfer it to Apple
Address Book using iSync. On the Mac side, you just go to
System Preferences->Hardware->Bluetooth and tell it to find
your mobile phone. I couldn't remember how to make my cell phone
"discoverable", but fortunately Motorola has very nice online, interactive manuals. After
refreshing my memory there, I
was able to quickly iSync the phone's data to the Mac's Address Book.
As chance would have it, I then happened upon BluePhoneElite. This is a $20.00
app that logs incoming and outgoing phone calls. It also lets you
initiate calls using entries in Apple Address Book. However, it
unfortunately doesn't have the ability to use the Mac's speakers
and microphone. From their FAQ:
Can I use my computer's microphone and speakers to talk on my cell phone?
This feature is not currently possible given Apple's Bluetooth
implementation in Mac OS X. Once it becomes possible, it will added
as a feature to BluePhoneElite 2. Please DO NOT email as to when
this feature or BluePhoneElite 2 will be available; BPE 2 is still
in the early stages of development.
SMS and SMS chat can be done through your keyboard, though that's
not a feature I have much interest in. I really would like to be
able to use the mike and speakers though, so I'll be keeping
an eye on this for stage 2.
You can run Applescript scripts at the start of a call, when
it's answered and when it ends. Obviously this could be used
for custom time tracking and other applications. For those
who aren't necessarily working, there's a separate "integration"
setting that can pause iTunes, the DVD player and set iChat away messages as well as automatically exporting the call details to iCal or Address Book.
A free download lets you try this out for 10 days. Payment ($20.00)
gets you an activation code. They do allow payment by PayPal, so I
used that, and received my activation within seconds.