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iPhone with Exchange and Google Calendar

I finally broke down and got myself an iPhone. I must say that my initial reaction to the phone was partial excitement, and partial disappointment. You see, I’ve never owned a Smart Phone before. I had high expectations for these devices. I knew there were limitations, such as only being able to run one app at a time on iPhones, and no Flash Player. However, I was still willing to give this device a try.

One of the things that aggravated me was the lack of information on how to set up two separate Calendars on the iPhone. Apparently, the iPhone can only recently do this. I finally found the technical information I was looking for on how the iPhone Calendar/Mail apps actually work on Stephen Foskett’s Blog.

You see, I, like many, use Exchange Server 2008 for work, but I also needed a separate personal Calendar, particularly for reminding me about personal appointments. I had a Google account that would be perfect for this if I could get it to sync onto my iPhone. Google now has an ActiveSync application, which will sync your Google email, Contacts, and Calendar. However, there was one problem. If you read Foskett’s blog, you’ll learn that you can only have one ActiveSync (Exchange) account on your iPhone at a time. Now, the iPhone can easily add multiple Mailboxes without a problem. I added my Gmail account as a new email account on my iPhone, along with my existing Exchange account, and both accounts were kept separate. However, this only added my Google email, and not my Google Calendar.

As of now, I am still left without a solution to this.

Well, there is a solution, but it involves jailbreaking your iPhone using “redsn0w” for 3G and 3GS iPhones. After this is accomplished, an application called NemusSync can be installed using Cydia that will create a second, separate Calendar on your iPhone. You then launch the NemusSync app, and manually sync your Google Calendar. Too bad this isn’t built into the iPhone!