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  1. reinbeau

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    I am going to be moving from a Garmin iQue 3600 (Palm based) to the Samsung Captivate. (My current phone is a Nokia 6126). Is there any way for me to pull my address data from the Palm desktop to the Captivate? Export/Import, perhaps - does it work? The phone gets here tomorrow, I'll be fiddling with it once it gets here. I am techno-savvy but I've never had a Droid based phone in my hand, so I have no idea what I'm getting myself into [​IMG]

    What I really want is to use the numbers and names from my Nokia, but I'm betting I can't do that easily.
     

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    i'd be very surprised if you could not import from a CSV file into the phone.
    I'll wait till someone knows for sure but on Android, anything is possible. :)
     
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    i found this, old but may work for you
    Android Forums - View Single Post - Palm contacts -> Google
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    Palm contacts -> Google - Android Forums

    the steps outlined in the post are

    Step 1: Export from Palm Desktop into *.csv format.
    Step 2: Open file in Microsoft Excel.
    Step 3: Sort rows by category column.
    Step 4: Add first row for Google heading names.
    Step 5: Add/rearrange/combine Palm columns to create those used by Google.
    Step 6: Delete extra columns.
    Step 7: Save result back to *.csv format.
    Step 8: Make one copy of resulting file for each category on Palm.
    Step 9: Edit each of the resulting files by deleting all rows before and after that category. Of course, leave row 1 in place.
    Step 10: Create a Group in Google contacts for each category on Palm.
    Step 11: Import each of the files containing a Palm category one at a time, telling it to place the new imports into the appropriate Google group.


    The poster includes other info so read on!
     
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    Awesome, thank you for all the suggestions! The .csv method will work well, because there are categories in the iQue that aren't addresses per se, and there's lots of 'waypoint' data I can edit out easily with that method. I'll follow the links and get myself edumacated before the Captivate gets here!
     
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    I just transferred my addresses from my Tapwave Zodiac to my HTC Incredible one category at a time as vCards via Bluetooth. Unfortunately the transfer would stop if it ran into a hard return anywhere in an address field, but it would show a snippet of text from the bad field, so I could locate and edit them manually.
     

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