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Old 02-24-2010, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question what happens to your xxx.blackberry.net email address when you switch devices?

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What happens to your xxx.blackberry.net email address when you switch devices? (BlackBerry to BlackBerry) Also, what happens to your BBMessenger contacts? Would I have to re-request to be added to their device etc? Aren't they sort of connected/dependent on your PIN?

I did some searching on this, but could find nothing other than how to transfer contacts, data and apps... Does anyone know a good site that shows the process?

I am still on my first BB, so hence the question since I have never switched.

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When you switch devices while remaining on the same carrier... nothing, your "yourname@yourcarrier.blackberry.net" address should stay with you.

BBMessenger contacts as well.. you're just changing devices, not planets.

If you want to move devices from one model to another, use Desktop Manager > Switch Device Wizard... works great, moves all data, contacts, BBM contacts, calendar, messages and preferences from the old to the new.
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If you switch carriers, then you will lose the address. One reason not to use the address.
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Thanks guys!

So, all my contacts wont have to reconfirm to see me or I them on BBMessenger?

Yeah, I am not using the address other than for forwarding purposes.
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When I switched devices within the same carrier and accessed BBM, it gave me an option to back up my contacts from one of the emails I have on my BIS account. I believe for my friends they did not have to re-accept me, it just changed my pin number in my profile.

At least that's what my friend says happened after I made the switch.
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You only lose the blackberry address if you switch carriers.If not, it stays with you. On Vodafone BIS (im sure elsewhere too, since the carrier BIS pages are logo-modified frontends on carrier address-space that point back to RIM's BIS page) a window pops up when you login with the same SIM in a different handset asking if you want to use the new pin/imei. You click yes and it's all done for you.

As for BBM your contacts can be exported even to the media card. They can be imported back to the new handset. Your contacts would know you switched devices since they can see the re-invite message but no other action is required from either side since the requests are handled/accepted automatically.

On BES goes even smoother since all contact info exists on the corp infrastructure side.
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If you are keeping your old device, use the Switch Device wizard within Desktop Manger, it works very well.

As for the email, you may have to log onto your BIS page, and there should be a switch device wizard there as well, where you would have to enter in the new PIN and ESN
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