A year ago, I posted a step-by-step solution to sync contact data from the Palm Treo to the Blackberry Curve. It should also work well from the Palm Treo 650, 700, 755 and new Centro to a Blackberry Pearl, Curve and other varieties of RIM cell phones.
Since then, that article became and has remained the most frequently read post on my blog. What amazes me is how so many people are trying to transfer their Palm smartphone contact info to or from a Blackberry and unable to get help from the manufacturers and wireless carriers after hours on the phone. The worst “solution” I’ve heard was from an anonymous commenter who said, “[I] just spent 2 hrs with T-mobile/BBerry support. They gave up and told me to transfer contact[s] manually.” Ouch!
Have a look through the original comments about syncing these smartphones. Some are quite entertaining.
The comments have also surfaced other related problems that needed solving. I’ll reprint some of them here since the comment history is getting rather long. But feel free to check out the original list for other goodies.
Transferring data from Blackberry to Palm
Some visitors wanted to actually go the other way, converting their Blackberry info to a new Palm Treo (or perhaps a Palm Centro). That’s pretty easy to do as well:
- Sync your Blackberry with Outlook.
- Export the data to a CSV file (e.g. Contacts.csv).
- Using the Palm Desktop software, import the CSV file from step #2 into the Palm Contacts database.
- If all the contacts look good after step #3 (make any correction in Palm Desktop), then HotSync the Treo.
Transferring data from Blackberry to Palm without Outlook
- Sync the Blackberry.
- Open the Blackberry Desktop Manager.
- Go to Intellisync.
- Click on Configure PIM.
- Select the Address book item.
- Click on Choose and select ASCII Import/Export as the type of address book.
- Select Export under Operation.
- In the file name field, enter Contacts.csv
- Click the OK button, then click on Synchronize Now.
- When the sync is complete, import the file into Contacts in Palm Desktop
- Sync the Palm Treo/Centro, etc.
Syncing from Palm to Blackberry without Outlook
The least expensive shareware/commercial tool to convert from Palm DBA format to CSV is datebookCSV. I haven’t tried it but it looks like it’ll do the job. If you use this tool, post a comment with your experience.
Well, that’s it for now. If you have more tips for Palm or Blackberry users, be sure to post it here.