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Old 02-25-2007, 12:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi folks,

i shuttle between 2 countries - to avoid long distance charges i use 2 devices (treo 750 and pearl 8100) and 2 sim cards - i keep my contacts in 2 outlook folders - 1 for 750 and 1 for 8100.

since both the devices use 2 different programs to sync with outlook, its quite easy to keep them updated.

now if i need to give up my treo 750 and switch to 8800 - how do i ensure that both the blackberrys sync with a different outlook contacts folder? can 1 desktop manager manage 2 blackberry devices with different settings?

or does that mean i have to give up the pearl and stick with treo 750 and bb 8800 combination?

sorry if the question sounds stupid ... have'nt been able to figure out a way..

any help would b greatly appreciated.

by the way, bb8800 - does it still have the issue with the calender where it does not show full day events like birthday's etc. in the home screen? i know that issue remains unresolved with pearl 8100 using the vodafone today theme.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hi folks,

i shuttle between 2 countries - to avoid long distance charges i use 2 devices (treo 750 and pearl 8100) and 2 sim cards - i keep my contacts in 2 outlook folders - 1 for 750 and 1 for 8100.

since both the devices use 2 different programs to sync with outlook, its quite easy to keep them updated.

now if i need to give up my treo 750 and switch to 8800 - how do i ensure that both the blackberrys sync with a different outlook contacts folder? can 1 desktop manager manage 2 blackberry devices with different settings?

or does that mean i have to give up the pearl and stick with treo 750 and bb 8800 combination?

sorry if the question sounds stupid ... have'nt been able to figure out a way..

any help would b greatly appreciated.

by the way, bb8800 - does it still have the issue with the calender where it does not show full day events like birthday's etc. in the home screen? i know that issue remains unresolved with pearl 8100 using the vodafone today theme.
The SIM card is really just your key to connectivity and shouldn't have anything to do with what your BB is connecting to. You SHOULD be able to use two SIMs on one BlackBerry. (Unfortunately the BB does not support two way SIMs).

Your BB connects to both BES and BIS using its PIN and IMEI numbers - both of which are on the BB - not the SIM, so once you've set it up with one SIM, it should work with the other - as long as you have BlackBerry Data Service on both SIMs.

That said, you should check with both Cingular and T-Mobile. Both have excellent global coverage. It might be worth the extra $ to not have to swap SIMs which is not the easiest thing to do! In fact, I'd recommend taking the SIM out of your Pearl to see how easy/difficult it is for you before even perusing it.
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thx for your comments - appreciate it.
i'm in hong kong and shuttle between hong kong & china.
i understand that i could change sim cards but the contacts in my outlook address book include long distance dial codes ...out here we use diff companies to dial diff countries depending on their pricing.
so if i change the sim card - every time i dial, i'll have to amend the number to delete the dial out codes - hence the need to have 2 separate address books.
sorry to get long winded....
my question still remains :-
a) can i sync 2 bbs with the desktop software with DIFFERENT sync settings?
b) is the calender problem on pearl still existing with 8800?
thx again for your help.
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thx for your comments - appreciate it.
i'm in hong kong and shuttle between hong kong & china.
i understand that i could change sim cards but the contacts in my outlook address book include long distance dial codes ...out here we use diff companies to dial diff countries depending on their pricing.
so if i change the sim card - every time i dial, i'll have to amend the number to delete the dial out codes - hence the need to have 2 separate address books.
sorry to get long winded....
my question still remains :-
a) can i sync 2 bbs with the desktop software with DIFFERENT sync settings?
b) is the calender problem on pearl still existing with 8800?
thx again for your help.
If you're NOT on a BlackBerry ENTERPRISE Server, you MIGHT be able to sync without much trouble (no promises). However, only one BB is allowed per BES account, and switching devices would mean doing an Enterprise Activation every time you switch - something you don't want to do.

Have you checked the Smart Dialing options? Go to the Pohone, click the weel (or menu button) and select Options, then select Smart Dialing. There you can set the Country Code as well as the local Area Code and the length of a phone number (including the area code).

Here's what the 8800 User Guide has on it:
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About smart dialing
You can specify default country and area codes so that any numbers that are specified as links, or any numbers in your address book that do not contain these codes, are dialed correctly.
If you call an organization frequently, you can also set your smart-dialing options so that you do not have to type the main number for the organization.
Set the default country code and area code:
  1. In the phone, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Smart Dialing.
  4. Set the Country Code and Area Code fields.
  5. In the National Number Length field, set the default length for phone numbers in your country.
  6. Press the Menu key.
  7. Click Save.
Note: When you calculate the default length for phone numbers, include your area code and local number, but do not include your country code or the National Direct Dialing prefix.
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many thx for the reply - i'll look into it and hopefully it should solve my problem - this forum and the people here are v.v.v.helpful. THANK U.
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(Never mind -- started to reply and realized that my suggestion wouldn't work)
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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How about adding the numbers with the unique dialing codes as additional entries in one main address book? (i.e. Company X from China, Company X Regular Dial).
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