What's the easiest way to sync the iPhone with Google Calendar?

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We use Google Calendar for all our calendaring. Is there a cheap (free) and easy way to sync to the iPhone? Someone suggested Plaxo, but....
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I recently heard about Spanning Sync, which looks like exactly what you need. I haven't tried it myself, but it seems worth a shot: http://spanningsync.com/
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Anyone have any update on this? Surely people are sync'ing their Google Calendars to iPhones. Spanning Sync or Plaxo?
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I've started using the following method:

Set up iCal to subscribe to my various Google calendars as webcal. This works for any calendar you've set up from a regular Google account, not a domain hosted one (iCal won't do https). Launch iCal and let it download your calendars. Sync the iPhone with your iTunes, allowing it to sync all calendars.

It's free, but it suffers from some drawbacks: pushing changes from iPhone to gCal, the aforementioned lack of support for hosted calendars, and the fact that you have to remember to launch iCal to get updates before you sync.
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I've used Spanning Sync and it worked perfectly. Lane recently paid the rather high price to license it. I'm still waiting for a free version, but I may have to break down and buy it soon.
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it did cost, but it works with multiple computers -- it's tied to my gmail account info.
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I, also, paid for spanning sync.

The thing that pushed me over the edge was that they don't automatically rebill.
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I've been using Plaxo for this. Right now I have it synching iCal (which syncs to iPhone), Outlook (for work stuff), and Google Calendar. Overall it's working well but I've seen some issues with deleted or modified events in Outlook not getting picked up in Google Calendar & iCal.
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I've beta tested Spanning Sync before.. Worked great, (although at that time it was just 1 of your google calendars)...
If I actually was organized, it'd probably be worth the buy...
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I've been checking out Spanning Sync myself. It works perfectly. I'm planning on paying for it when the trial runs out. It's well worth the money they are asking and works without even thinking about it.
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I strongly recommend Spanning Sync. It syncs all five of my Google calendars seamlessly, including shared Google calendars. I had some pretty serious problems syncing shared calendars with an earlier version of Spanning Sync but those problems seem to have been resolved in the newest version.
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Yeah, Spanning Sync is the way I sync it all too. Love the app, just works, and is worth the cost IMHO.
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Everyone's mentioned Spanning Sync (which I use) but I'm going to give you another easier (and free) but not as flexible option. You can go to "Calendar Settings" in Google Calendar, take your "Private feed" and import that into iCal. Then set iCal to update it every 15 minutes or so. It won't let you synch iCal stuff to Google Calendar, but it works otherwise fairly well.

The other option is to just use Google Calendar's mobile site on the iPhone.
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Andy, I went that route for a while too. The problem was that I couldn't push changes I make on the iphone back into google calendar.
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The problem I had with Spanning Sync is that I have around 5 different calendars going on in iCal (work, personal, etc.). After around two days, Spanning Sync changed every single appointment in iCal to be on the same calendar. It took me many hours to set things to rights, and of course I uninstalled Spanning Sync.
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I've been using Spanning Sync for just over 2 weeks now with 5 calendars syncing to 5 iCal calendars. No problems what so ever.

You description sounds like the beta version, but I am assuming you got the most recent version when you looked at it.
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I'm using gSync since a couple of days. Has the advantage that it doesn't need a third party server, like spanning sync to synchronize your calendar items. Performs very well so far. Even if you're not registered you can sync manually for free.
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I'm a fan of spanning sync too. Works seamlessly, never had any trouble. Syncs with multiple macs, several calendars. Very easy and effective.
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And for us PC users out there who don't use Outlook?
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See my post on this at http://thebenderhome.com/blog/. With the new 2.0 software for the iPhone and a new (BETA - CAREFUL) service from NuevaSync (www.nuevasync.com), syncing Google calendar and iPhone calendar can be handled seamlessly (if not in completely fully-featured way), even with Windows, without any fees or additional software. It's true (finally).
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Not only do I sync with Google Calendar through NuevaSync I also sync my contacts with Gmail now. Awesome recommendation. Thank you Peter.
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thanks for everybody answer, but i still want to find a free solution on sync problem.
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Google recently published their free alternative to spanning sync and other software: see http://www.google.com/support/calenda... for the details - basically they have exposed support for the CalDAV protocol used by the latest versions of iCal.

Personally I am using BusySync instead of Spanning Sync. I've tried Spanning Sync in the past but BusySync seems to be more solid - or was when I evaluated the two of them.
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By far the best option for mac users (and free) http://www.google.com/support/calenda...
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CalDAV mostly worked for me. I can add an event in my desktop iCal to one of my Google Calendars with no problem.

However when I add an event on the iPhone iCal, I can't add it to one of my Google Calendars. So when I sync with the iPhone, the event shows up in my iCal calendar and does not sync up to Google.
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CalDAV mostly worked for me. I can add an event in my desktop iCal to one of my Google Calendars with no problem.

However when I add an event on the iPhone iCal, I can't add it to one of my Google Calendars. So when I sync with the iPhone, the event shows up in my iCal calendar and does not sync up to Google.
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I just setup the Google Calendar CalDEV with iCal and for me it has worked perfectly. Once you have your calendar in iCal it will sync with the iPhone. This won't sync over the air, but with the iPhone you can access your google calendar on their mobile web site any time.
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I just posted about this today:

http://www.zenbox.org/lifestyle/using...

Works great!
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What about Windows? How do you sync your Google calendar with the iPhone calendar on Windows?