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Registered: ‎12-18-2011
My Device: BB9300 and Playbook
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Contacts from BB to iPhone - - how?

Well I'm afraid the daughter is defecting to iPhone from her BB curve 9300.

She wants a bigger screen and touchscreen, and is sick of the trackpad thing.

I also bought her a Playbook which she likes buts she's never used the BB link thing.

So how do you get your contacts from her BB to iPhone? Any easy wY or have to type them in manually?

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Re: Contacts from BB to iPhone - - how?



A couple of ways that I can think of...


If a desktop PIM (e.g, Outlook) has been in use and synchronizing with the BB, then that is the best source of data for what you desire. See these for reference:

  • KB12268Synchronization support for BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
  • KB03315 How to setup organizer data synchronization using BlackBerry Desktop Software



Otherwise, taking a backup to the computer would include the Contacts database.

  • KB12487 How to back up BlackBerry smartphone data using BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows


That file, however, is proprietary and not "human readable"...you need to seek out 3rd party PC apps to parse and format the file for human use. There are several free ones, though I do not recommend one over another...search on "BBB reader" or "IPD reader" (depending on the version of the desktop software you use to take the backup from the BB).


Note further that my advice stops at providing the data in human readable format on the computer...how to then format/import that into the iPhone is a MAC function, not a BB function.


Good luck!

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