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Old 09-30-2008, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Bluetooth address book transfer from BB 8800 to MBP with OSX 10.5.5??

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Hello all

I have previously transferred my entire address book to my iMac G4 800 running Tiger from my BB8800 using bluetooth (the USB port is broken so BT is my only means to backup contacts!).

I no longer have the iMac or the data on it. I now have a BB Bold and want to transfer the contacts from the 8800 using BT.

I have paired the BB8800 with a MBP running Leopard but, although I first could find the Bluetooth Options --> Transfer Address Book option it dod not work and, after deleting the pairing on both the MBP and the BB8800 and re-pairing, the option is no longer there! I have checked that address book transfers is set to "all entries" and NOT disabled.

I am at my wits end. 150 odd contacts with multiple numbers and email addresses each.... I cannot bear the thought of doing this manually.

Pointers welcome!
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Bluetooth Sharing default Leopard vs Tiger!

Problem solved! Thought I would post to end the torment of others. I was being driven batty..

Apple Store provided the vital tip.

O2 UK (mobile phone service provider) said "it cannot be done"

RIM told the O2 store to advise me to buy "missing sync"...

The answer is :

In Leopard (OSX 10.5) Bluetooth sharing via the Apple Mac OSX firewall is by default OFF. In Tiger (OSX 10.4) it is ON by default.

This means that if you pair a BB via bluetooth with a mac running Leopard the Manage Connections ---> Bluetooth Options menu on your Blackberry will NOT show the option "transfer address book" (on my BB 8800 running OS 4.2) or "transfer contacts" (the equivalent option seen on my BB 9000 Bold) below the "device properties". If you try it with a mac running Tiger it will be there.

The solution is to, on your mac, go to System Preferences ---> Sharing ---> Bluetooth and check the box to switch Bluetooth sharing ON.
Delete and repair the BB and mac to be safe and you WILL now be able to transfer your ENTIRE Blackberry address book of contacts. It will download to the mac as "phonebook.vcf"

Import phonebook.vcf into Address Book on your mac.
Transfer the address book to your new BB if required using the free Pocketmac. I used a USB cable for this part.

The Apple Store stated it IS possible to transfer from a mac to a BB using Pocketmac via Bluetooth but I have yet to succeed in this, presumably via the "connections" tab in Pocketmac. If anyone has succeeded here do post.

As noted elsewhere, the Address book app itself in Leopard (as opposed to Tiger) no longer has a Bluetooth capability available. I shall not dwell on this point..
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool! I just tried this out with my MacBook running Leopard and my BB 8310. Work 99% perfect. All info was transfered minus any contact photos that I had stored. But that's no biggie.

Easy way to keep my mac address book updated. I've tried the free utility pocketmac and it always screws something up causing loss of data. I've heard of missing sync, but refuse to pay $40 just to keep my address book and calendar up to date on the computer.
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Default Transfer Address Book To An Imac

I have a Pearl 8100 paired and connected to my iMac and have enable sharing in the iMAc System Preferences. When I try to initiate Transfer Address Book from the BlackBerry by clicking on the iMac device, it does not offer the option "Connect" which is then meant to offer me a Menu key so I can click on Transfer Address Book. Any ideas on how I resolve this please?
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