Public folders alernatives for smartphone syncing

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Our company keeps all our shared contacts in a public folder.  This works really well, we keep notes on each client in the contacts section.  We've been using chapura's pocketmirror to sync these to our windows phone.  However we just upgraded to windows 7, and pocketmirror is no longer compatible.  We've also been looking at possibly upgrading to android phones, but I don't see how they sync public folders either.  I've tried diditbetter's sync software also it seemed pretty buggy (it's been a few years though).  

I know Microsoft's long term strategy is to remove public folders.  I've heard sharepoint is a replacement.   Are sharepoint contacts directly accessible from Outlook?  How do sharepoint contacts sync w/ android or windows mobile?  

In summary: what's the best way to have a central list of contacts accessible to mobile phones.  
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Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/Virtualization

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We are now using the GOOD application..

www.good.com

You can also spin your contacts into Sharepoint or the GAL. Activesync can easily access all contacts in the GAL.

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I've only used the GAL for email, not for phone numbers, addresses, and notes (we have lots of notes in each contact)- are those available in the GAL?  

When you say I can spin it into sharepoint, are you saying contacts in sharepoint will sync to phones?  Or do I need good to do that?
Sr. Engineer - Windows Server/Virtualization
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You would need good or another 3rd party for that

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We found this product, that seems to work well:
http://www.davton.com/davsync.html

I'd still prefer a non 3rd party solution, why is Microsoft recommending sharepoint if you sill need another program to sync contacts with it?

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3rd party application we're using for over a year now is smartafone.com. Simple server side application which is easy to maintain, add user, one way - two way syncing. Cannot speak highly enough about it. Have a look at it whether it will fit your needs just as it fits ours.

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