| | Re: Can't download photos from 8900 Curve
On the contacts issue, open the app, open the menu, select Filter . . . Make sure nothing is checked. If it isn't a filter, I don't know, especially if you happen to be on BES.
On your problem with mass storage mode, I don't know what else to tell you. If it isn't IT policy messing you up, then retrace your steps again and figuring out what you aren't doing right. Other option is to not enable mass storage mode and use the media sync feature of Desktop Manager and sync your pictures to your computer.