@eastldn: yes, I know. I had the same problem. It's a bug that they know about. There is supposed to be a drop down box in Contacts to let you decide what sort of contact any entry should be (ie. Phone or Google), but it is missing.
When you import contacts from your SIM, they are imported as "Phone" contacts, while any NEW contacts you make on the phone are, by default, "Google" contacts (as are any that you have in you Gmail account)>
What happens is, you import the contacts from your SIM, and they are marked as "Phone". You sync with Gmail contacts online, and it deletes the contacts on your phone marked as "Phone" and only keeps the ones marked as "Google".
ContactSync allows you to change all the contacts marked "Phone" (that you import from your SIM) to be "Google" contacts instead so they won't be deleted.
as for the availability of ContactSync, it is possible it is not available to your market. Like I said it is a problem a lot of people are facing. In Canada we have no paid apps. In australia some users are blocked from apps as well. You will either need to check with your cell provider's tech support, or ask the Dev of ContactSync if he/she knows whether or not it is blocked from your area. Since it is free, he/she might be willing to send you the .apk file for it to install on your own.
BTW: Looking at the Dev's web site (HappyDroid
) I noticed at the bottom under ContactSync it says that it only works on phones running cupcake (1.5) version of Android.
What phone/ver of Android do you have? If you are at 1.6 or above, that might explain why you can't see it in the marketplace.