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What apps do I need to add to get desktop access?

I just got a Blackberry Curve 8330.  My boyfriend bought it for me because I needed a new phone and he thought it would be a good way to eliminate the need to carry a Palm Pilot and a Phone.  The Verizon people told him you could access the Blackberry from your computer with the cable, but all I can manage to do with the software provided and hooking it up is to create a back up file on my desktop. 


What I need to be able to do is open the tasks list, calendar and address book on the computer.   I need to be able to add entries to the address book from my PC and then sychronize them back to my phone.  I also need to be able to copy addresses out of the address book and into files on my computer to create mailing lists for invitations or guests lists for parties or even simple Christmas Card Lists.


I also need to be able to open, edit, add and delete calendar appointments on my desktop and sychronize them back to my blackberry and vice versa.  I need to be able to make changes in both places that I can update via synchronizing in both places.  The same for the task list. Without the ability to go back and forth making changes then the phone and it's extra billing fees are a waste of money to me because I still need carry a Palm Pilot to stay organized and I really don't want to have to type all those names and addresses into my phone by hand when I could just copy and paste them from my computer.  


Is there an application I can add to make this happen or am I just doing something wrong, or did I just completely waste my money on something that the Blackberry is completely incapable of doing?



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Re: What apps do I need to add to get desktop access?

Hi and Welcome to the Forums!


A few things to discuss...so bear with me...


1) Contrary to how others do things, RIM does not provide a desktop PIM. Others force you to use their PIM and only their PIM. RIM provides a conduit software that functions as a bridge between your chosen PIM and the BB. See this KB for compatible PIM's:

  • KB12268 Applications supported by BlackBerry Desktop Manager for synchronization


2) RIM provides a Device Switch Wizard to migrate from another SmartPhone to a BB...but only for compatible devices. See this KB:

  • KB05459 How to use the Switch Device Wizard to switch from another smartphone to a BlackBerry smartphone


3) If your old device is not compatible with the wizard, then RIM further provides the ability to import from ASCII and CSV files. See this KB:

  • KB04312 Create and synchronize with an ASCII export file
    KB11194 How to import contacts from an CSV file to the BlackBerry device
  • Sorry, but RIM provides no assistance on how to get your data out of your old device and into the ASCII or CSV format...that's a function of your old device.


So, your choice is, IMO, to keep using a desktop PIM to manage your data (and you should, IMO)...then choose a compatible PIM (from above). Then, get your data out of your old device and into the desktop PIM. Then, configure the BB to sync with the PIM:

  • KB17022 How to configure organizer applications for synchronization using BlackBerry Desktop Manager


Good luck and let us know!

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