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Old 02-24-2010, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wandering if anybody could help me. I have 20,000+Locum contacts all over the UK. I am looking for a device that will let me do the following:



1) I want to organise all My contacts into post code sectors. E.g. All my Contacts that fall under SW post code region. Each Contact will have the following info:



Full Name

Full Post Code

Contact. Ref

Mobile Phone Number



2) Be able to sent a SMS to all the contacts within a group



3) The device should be able to not only store 20,000+contacts, but allow me access these contacts in real time without messing around.



If there is a device that will access contacts stored from a micro SD card that would beeven better.



Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have spent days trying to find answers. I have a nokia e72 but it doesnt let me access contacts from MIcro SD card I think the term is ("memory in use).

I want to migrate to a Blackberry
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You can't store contacts on a media card on the BlackBerry either.
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The newer devices (8900 and up) have a large supply of memory. They may be able to hold them all. I am not sure...
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Best bet IMHO would be an excel file or a small database. Searching on a handheld would take forever.
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Use a netbook to store your client data and tether it to a BB.
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I have never heard of ANYTHING that will hold 20,000 contacts.
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Use a netbook to store your client data and tether it to a BB.
Tether a netbook? Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of owning a netbook?
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I have never heard of ANYTHING that will hold 20,000 contacts.
You never heard of a BlackBerry before?
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So which Blackberry can hold the amount of contacts I have? Any1 know?
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You never heard of a BlackBerry before?
They can hold 20,000 contacts?! Locally? Or only by accessing a GAL file?
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I havnt got a clue when it comes to Blackberry phones. Whats a GAL file.

I basically have all contacts on an excel spreadsheet. So I would be looking to transferdirectly from excel to Blackberry.

I would also like to know if the contacts would bestored on the phones internal memory or accessed via a micro sd card?

I appreciate you help. Not even the technical guys @ Blackberry have dfeinitive answers.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:08 AM   #13 (permalink)
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As said in post #2:

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You can't store contacts on a media card on the BlackBerry either.
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They can hold 20,000 contacts?! Locally? Or only by accessing a GAL file?
Locally. Contacts are small and barely take up any device memory. We have users still carrying an 8700 with over 30,000 contacts on them. Takes up a few megs of space on the device last time I checked.
They chose to have to have our entire CRM contact list pushed to their device. Personally, I think it's silly... but they "needed" it and the sales team typically gets whatever they want in my company.
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I havnt got a clue when it comes to Blackberry phones. Whats a GAL file.
GAL is the Global Address List in Microsoft Exchange. I don't think it applies to your scenario.

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I basically have all contacts on an excel spreadsheet. So I would be looking to transferdirectly from excel to Blackberry.
That's not going to happen. You'd first need to export your Excel data into a supported PIM that can sync with the device. Most Windows users would use Outlook to do this.
Import your Excel list into Outlook... then sync Outlook to the device.
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I don't see what complicated about this either.

Excel imported to Outlook > synced via Desktop Manager to BlackBerry
or Excel or CSV file synced via Desktop Manager to BlackBerry device

I would get a newer model 9700, 8900 or Storm2 which have the 256mb application memory.

You an create groups on your device each named by the postal code. This will be the glitch, I think, as groups are not synced to Outlook, but someone else here might know if a group field can be created in the Excel file and mapped to the BlackBerry when syncing. I've never tried it.
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Locally. Contacts are small and barely take up any device memory. We have users still carrying an 8700 with over 30,000 contacts on them. Takes up a few megs of space on the device last time I checked.
They chose to have to have our entire CRM contact list pushed to their device. Personally, I think it's silly... but they "needed" it and the sales team typically gets whatever they want in my company.
HOly smokes!! I had no idea BB's could do this. I guess I'm still thinking of the limitations of Nokia phones and such. But then I suppose if anybody could do it, RIM would be the one!
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How about his desire to bulk SMS people. I suspect that is going to be a problem as well.
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Yep, well.
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How about his desire to bulk SMS people. I suspect that is going to be a problem as well.
Yes, it will be problem. I doubt there's a good solution to that piece of it.
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