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Old 11-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've tried in vain to find a way to send contact details as a business card from my pearl to other peoples phones by sms (or bluetooth) but can't figure out how.

Does anyone know how to do this? (Even if the sms or message via bluetooth contains just the number of the contact.)
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess not then
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Patience grasshopper....
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Patience grasshopper....
True - On advice from SanFrancisco, I'm looking through the manual for the fourth time.
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I've tried in vain to find a way to send contact details as a business card from my pearl to other peoples phones by sms (or bluetooth) but can't figure out how.

Does anyone know how to do this? (Even if the sms or message via bluetooth contains just the number of the contact.)

Why would you want to do that anyway?
Just sync with your outlook and copy from there.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Why would you want to do that anyway?
Just sync with your outlook and copy from there.

And why would I want to do that when I'm outdoors passing one of my phone book details on to a client or friend.
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I Guess its fair to say that this has everybody pretty stumped!

I've searched the manual over and over and I think RIM has omitted a very important part of the phone book - sending contacts by business card.

Not good for a corporate/consumer phone... Not good at all!
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You can send address contacts thru the BB. See links.

Need help: Can my Blackberry send a vCard
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Thanks,

But this only helps with sending business cards through emails.
I'm talking about sending a business card by sms or bluetooth.

I've been playing around with the phone book, composing sms and bluetooth to see if I would find an option that would allow me to attach a contact. I contacted T-mobile this morning and they are looking into but even the technical guy there was a bit frustrated that it did not illustrate that function in the manual.

I guess RIM expects everything to be done by email when not everybody has an email function on their phone.

a little frustrating..
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seems pretty simple, take a picture or scan of your business card, rotate it, size it, and send it as an MMS jpeg...would that not work?
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RIM made the Blackberry first and foremost as an email device. Do you expect their primary focus to be on anything else? If you get a Blackberry and you don't get a data plan then you're missing the features that make the Blackberry great. Why did you get it at all? I don't expect RIM to really give a crap about people who get a Blackberry just to have the latest fashion accessory or techno-bling.

Kinda like asking how to get your Corvette to get 60 MPG. You don't. Get a Prius and live with the performance.
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You might want to check out Fun SMS. [yes, there is such a site].

funSMS.net - Short Messaging Service (SMS) & Cell Phones Portal - Free SMS

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With this handy tip you can save your friends the trouble of storing your numbers.

A business card is a special SMS message which is composed as follows:
//SCKE2 BEGIN:VCARD N:name TEL:number END:VCARD

The receiver will see the text BUSINESS CARD RECEIVED displayed on his/her. phone.
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RIM made the Blackberry first and foremost as an email device. Do you expect their primary focus to be on anything else? If you get a Blackberry and you don't get a data plan then you're missing the features that make the Blackberry great. Why did you get it at all? I don't expect RIM to really give a crap about people who get a Blackberry just to have the latest fashion accessory or techno-bling.

Kinda like asking how to get your Corvette to get 60 MPG. You don't. Get a Prius and live with the performance.

I don't know that that is a fair statement nor is such criticism.

RIM did NOT make the Pearl as an e-mail device. Fact is, there are 200 million U.S. cell phone users. Of that, there are appx. 5 million BB users [I think it has gone up to 5.8 million with Pearl sales].

RIM had to decide to stay with the BB as primarily a device used by professionals or to grow, otherwise known as going after part of the 195 million "nonprofessional" cell phone users.

With the Pearl they are trying to tap into the casual market, to compete with other multi-media Smartphones out there. The ability to send and receive e-mail is NOT a factor for these people. At best, SMS [text messaging] is what these people care about [as evidenced by carriers having SMS pricing plans. SMS is the favored communication means by the casual, non-professional user, not e-mail].

The Pearl is also NOT being marketed an an e-mail device. In fact, the focus has been to attract new customers with the camera, MP3 player and video player. RIM's focus with the Pearl is NOT to sign up e-mail customers. It's to sell phones first, then after that to see if they might want to subscribe to the BB/data plan. RIM markets its other phones to the professional market, not the Pearl.

Word has it that many users are buying the Pearl for its "cool" factor and ability to do things that all the other phones do. They are not ordering a data plan, at least not for its BB e-mail service.

I would agree with RIM's Pearl approach. One has to admit that the Pearl as a multi-media device/phone is pretty cool and it is inexpensive considering all that it does.

In other words, even if the Pearl did NOT have e-mail capability, it would still be a pretty sharp phone. I recall the days when a digital camera, MP3 or video player would have individually cost $300. Now, I get all these things, plus a phone, for $200 [upgrade price].

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Couldn't have said it better SanFran.

Why make a phone to attract the consumer market that doesn't fully facilitate the consumers needs???

So Rambo, your "corvette", at some point, better do 60mpg or your selling to the wrong market.
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seems pretty simple, take a picture or scan of your business card, rotate it, size it, and send it as an MMS jpeg...would that not work?
Sorry pal, that wasn't my meaning of a business card.

Just so you are clear. A Vcard.
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You can't send vCards via SMS. Thats for deffinate.
Not sure about BT but I would imagine it possible. I'll have to play around with that... later.
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My company uses Lotus Notes r5 so VCF files don't work on it so I can't tell if this works or not but the second link I posted in previous says this...

Address book vCard attachments - If subscribers receive a vCard® attachment, it is converted to a BlackBerry address book entry. If subscribers send a BlackBerry address book entry to another BlackBerry email address, the entry remains a BlackBerry address book entry on the recipient’s BlackBerry device. If subscribers send a BlackBerry address book entry to an email address that is not a BlackBerry email address, the entry converts to a vCard to properly render in the recipient’s email account.
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My company uses Lotus Notes r5 so VCF files don't work on it so I can't tell if this works or not but the second link I posted in previous says this...

Address book vCard attachments - If subscribers receive a vCard® attachment, it is converted to a BlackBerry address book entry. If subscribers send a BlackBerry address book entry to another BlackBerry email address, the entry remains a BlackBerry address book entry on the recipient’s BlackBerry device. If subscribers send a BlackBerry address book entry to an email address that is not a BlackBerry email address, the entry converts to a vCard to properly render in the recipient’s email account.
Thats all if you email. The OP wants to be able to SMS or Bluetooth vCards.
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Old 11-11-2006, 08:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I have tried 100 times to be able to send my card via bluetooth since that could mean adver... while i ride the subway if someone has there bluetooth on and what not(i know we have to pair so dont start) but I have not been able to get it to work period.
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I expected this function to be on phone like this too. It was on my PDAs & PPC. I have to say the BBP just lost a cool point
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