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import contacts from vcf file in a media card

Hi. For some reason I cannot setup an email account on my blackberry (only the option to activate an enterprise account shows up, but not an option to setup a gmail account).

 

I have a vcf file with my contacts in it. When accessing that vcf file from the browser (i.e. in the browser, downloading that vcf file hosted in a dropbox public folder), it says it cannot display the page properly. So I've resorted to downloading that file. The vcf file is now in the media card in the blackberry. I can find it in the file browser. My problem is that I can't find an option to import contacts from that vcf file. Again, the file is already in the phone, I just need some way of importing the contacts stored in it.

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Re: import contacts from vcf file in a media card

Hi and Welcome to the Community!

 


tier4 wrote:

Hi. For some reason I cannot setup an email account on my blackberry (only the option to activate an enterprise account shows up, but not an option to setup a gmail account).



To use the proprietary BB services (including Push email capability, BBM, etc.), you must have an adequate data plan from your carrier. The carriers host BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) for their BB users. Typically, BIS is not available via generic data plans. Many carriers call what is necessary The Blackberry Data Plan. Whatever they call it, it is the carrier who delivers BIS to their BB users -- contact them for assistance. Once you have a Push-email enabled BIS-capable data plan on your BB (at whatever fees your carrier will charge, btw), your BB-proprietary services will function (e.g., you will have Personal/Internet Email added to the email setup wizard, your BBM will function, etc).

With hundreds of carriers in the world, each with dozens of different data plans, it's impossible to tell you specifically what any service plan might actually provide. Only the carriers can answer that question. The best thing to do is to decide what services you desire, and then talk to your carrier about obtaining (from them) a data plan that enables what you desire.


tier4 wrote:

 

I have a vcf file with my contacts in it. When accessing that vcf file from the browser (i.e. in the browser, downloading that vcf file hosted in a dropbox public folder), it says it cannot display the page properly. So I've resorted to downloading that file. The vcf file is now in the media card in the blackberry. I can find it in the file browser. My problem is that I can't find an option to import contacts from that vcf file. Again, the file is already in the phone, I just need some way of importing the contacts stored in it.


A vcf file is typically just one contact...not multiple contacts. Hence, as per your wording, you'd actually need multiple vcf files in order to achieve importing your contacts that way anyway. But, it's moot...for there are much better methods.

How, exactly, do you have your contacts stored on your computer? Hopefully in a desktop organizer app...something like Outlook. If so, you can instead configure for USB synchronization between Outlook and your BB, which will be much better than a one-time import.

 

See this KB for compatible PIM's:

  • KB12268 Applications supported by BlackBerry Desktop Manager for synchronization

BlackBerry also 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

If your old device is not compatible with the wizard, or if your data is not in a compatible desktop organizer, then BlackBerry 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 a CSV file to the BlackBerry device

If you indeed have a compatible desktop organizer, or can get one and get your data into it, then you can configure the BB to sync with the PIM:

  • KB03315 How to synchronize organizer data (calendar, task list, memo list, and contact list) using the BlackBerry Desktop Software

Good luck and let us know!



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