Apr 8, 2007
I recently bought an A900, and discovered that if I wanted to sync contacts with it, I would have to:
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1) Get a bluetooth dongle for my laptop
2) Load all my contacts into Outlook
3) Somehow use Bitpim to transfer them
Well, screw that. I don't have a bluetooth dongle, and I don't use Outlook. I do have a USB data cable, I want to use that. If you want to use it, you will need to download one or both of these:
You might just need the Contacts Copier program, if not the drivers for the phone are in the first link.
First thing to do is use Contacts Copier to backup your phone's contacts. If you can't get that working, none of this is going to work. The only advice I have is if it's sitting at the "trying to connect" countdown screen, click "Back", unplug the USB cable, plug it back in, and try again. It seems to forget the phone's there about half the time, and doing that always works for me.
Now that you have a PBO file, download this:
This is a Visual C++ project with an EXE file in the folder. To use the program, type "A900_contacts.exe file.pbo" where "file.pbo" is your PBO file.
At this point, all the program does is parse the file and print your contacts to the screen. As I have time this week I'm going to modify the program so it can take contacts from my Samsung i500 (probably in the form of a CSV file) and generate an appropriate PBO file.
The bonus with doing it this way is you can ignore the phone's built-in character limits for fields. More than 20 characters for a name, etc. I'm not sure what happens if you try to load a file containing more than 500 phone numbers yet.
In the meantime, if you run into problems, or the output isn't correct, or have any other questions, let me know. I haven't tested this with an A900m (because I don't have one) so if someone could let me know if this all works with those that'd be great.