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Old 02-25-2010, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I've got a BlackBerry Tour 9630 and I'm trying to get email configured. I can send and receive messages just fine, my Outlook contacts have synchronized, calendar is good, etc.

I'm trying to figure out how to import my existing Outlook messages to the BlackBerry. Been googling for a couple hours now and there's surprisingly little information on this topic (or it's sufficiently obscure I can't seem to find it). I've tried reconciling email, importing, synchronizing, visiting every possible settings window and tab I can find, nothing seems to transfer my existing Outlook email to the device.

Can anyone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong?

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DM will only sync PIM data (Calendars/Contacts/Notes/etc), not email. Email is pushed. The only way for you to do so is to resend the email to yourself.
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Oh.. yeah that would explain why I can't find any instructions. Thanks for the quick response, too. I'm assuming then there's no en-masse method to sending those emails, and that I'll have to forward them individually?

The developer in me sees a need for an application that can migrate Outlook emails to a BlackBerry. This is my first one though so I've no idea how plausible / difficult that would be for me write
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There's nothing like that to my knowledge. I believe you will have to forward them individually.
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Ok, thanks for your time, you've been Very helpful
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Just curious, if that is the case why would Blackberry Desktop Manager has the option under "Reconciliation" to "import moved or deleted email from my computer to my device". It is grayed out though.
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I have heard that if your Blackberry is getting email via a BES that it might be possible to transfer somehwere around 200 of your most recent messages to the device. However we're just using BIS and connecting to Exchange via IMAP, so that wasn't an option I pursued.

As a side note I never found instructions on how to transfer those "most recent 200 messages" from a computer to a Blackberry, so this whole post should be taken with a grain of salt.
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Pre-population only happens with BES. Not BIS.
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If your email account you're trying to repopulate on the BB is an IMAP account there is a trick you can try. I've used it with Apple's MobileMe email account on BIS and it has definitely worked.

On your computer, move the old messages you want to transfer to another folder. You can create a new folder called "saved" or something like that, just for the procedure. When the messages are all there, mark them as unread. Then drag them back to your inbox. You might have to wait, but sometimes (depending on your email provider) this will trick RIM's servers into thinking they're new messages and they will download again to your BlackBerry.

edit: I just confirmed this with my MobileMe account.
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IIRC, the instructions for moving 200 or so messages to a BB is a tweak for BES activations to move those to the device on an Enterprise Activation. I've never heard of it for other email methods.
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