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Old 02-12-2011, 04:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to synch/backup my BlackBerry Phone Contacts to Outlook 2003, but keeping them separate. I don't want to get them confused with my current Outlook Contacts, and, worse, I don't want them all to be subsequently synced back to my Blackberry!

Basically I want to backup (possibly be able to edit) the Contact List on my new BlackBerry, but keep my Phone Contacts List stored as a separate entity.

I use Outlook 2003, and still run Windows XP Service Pack 3
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Welcome to the Forums.

Groups can be created in the contact list for some email / contact applications but it does not work well in Outlook. When you move the contacts from the BB to Outlook they will be merged and when you do a subsequent sync you will get the entire list back on the BB. You can experiment with different options on the Desktop manager and the BB. Groups can be made and kept separate on the BB but again will flow to the Outlook list when you sync. The other option you might research is using a separate App for the personal list and keep everything separate.
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What I did when I didn't want the contacts to mix was use Outlook Express/Windows Live Mail just for syncing/backing up the contacts.
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That's most helpful - I have Outlook Express, of course, and I don't use it, so 'dedicating' it to keep my BB contacts separate sounds good.

When I synch to my PC, using the Outlook Express option - to backup my BB contact list - if I were subsequently to make some amendments / additions to the list while on Outlook Express - e.g. add an email address, and extra phone number etc - would that then screw up the list if I then synch it back to the BB, or should I make all amendments on the BB, and just use Outlook Express for backing up. For example, I have photos associated with each entry in my BB contact list - presumably this wouldn't get synched across, so that, if I synched back from Outlook Express, the pictures might then get 'confused' or even lost on the BB afterwards.

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