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HI Guys, I'm about to rollout 25 BlackBerry 8310's. The Exchange server wont be rolled out till probably April, and our sales reps will be utilising the blackberrys for voice only for this stage. Data services will be activated once exchange has been completed. Until then what is your recommendation on rolling out the 25 sims.

This is what i thought i would do: Setup my new sim on my new handset, add all the company contacts, landline numbers etc that will be needed, then using a sim card copier copy the exact details across to each sim card. Then give out the handsets and sims to each user, then once exchange is rolled out push out the up to date contact list.

Or would is there an easier way to do this via the BES? (haven't purchased BES hardware yet have all the software and licenses.)

Also considering i am rolling out a new exchange server from scratch not migrating from anything. Which version of exchange should i rollout 2003 or 2007?

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Just load them into Outlook and then sync the device. Also, once you activate it will wirelessly sync with each users Exchange contact list.
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Wirelessly posted (8320: BlackBerry8320/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

Nevermind.

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Just load them into Outlook and then sync the device. Also, once you activate it will wirelessly sync with each users Exchange contact list.
Load them into outlook for all 25 handsets and sims? or would it be easier to copy sims across with sim copier, i have the little hardware copier that my provider gave me.
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Wirelessly posted (8320: BlackBerry8320/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

JC's advice was better than mine.
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The sim card address book only holds one number per name and nothing else. The blackberry address book is far superior to what the sim card's address book will do.
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If your thought is do distribute a standard contact list to the 25 BB. Setup a BB with the contact you want to distribute. Backup the BB and restore the Address Book to the other BB.

You can use ABC Amber BlackBerry Editor for easy editing.
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If your thought is do distribute a standard contact list to the 25 BB. Setup a BB with the contact you want to distribute. Backup the BB and restore the Address Book to the other BB.

You can use ABC Amber BlackBerry Editor for easy editing.
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Ha ha! I was just coming back to suggest that method as well.
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fantastic guys, ill give it a go tonight...if you have any other thoughts that might ease the pain lol im all ears
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One more thing. You might want to put all the contacts in a category for easy erase later on. When you get your BES and Exchange server up and running you can do lookup against the Exchange GAL.
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Hrrm good point you mean a cat on the device? or in the contacts on the PC before updating to the device?


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One more thing. You might want to put all the contacts in a category for easy erase later on. When you get your BES and Exchange server up and running you can do lookup against the Exchange GAL.
Hi x14, where do you suggest i put them in a category?
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