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  1. dylan88

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    Ok, so I honestly know nothing about android contacts and google accounts or any of that.. But right now I have a Pre. Does my memory serve me correctly that I can transfer all my contacts from my Pre to my Evo online at sprint.com?
     

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    good question. i'm in a similar boat, but i would like to know how to do this via window mobile to andriod
     
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    for your first android phone, sprint can port over all your contacts, then after that when you sync with your google account your contacts will be saved there and as long as you buy android in the future all you have to do is sync your new phone and it'll have all of your contacts
     
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    With my smart phones, (palm and WM) I have saved my contacts as a *.csv that can be opened by any spreadsheet program (eg. excel) and imported it to the other phone. I am confident that if you search you will find an Android app that can import/export *.csv.
    You can also use the *.csv file to import / export Google or Yahoo contacts.

    Good luck ! :)
     
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    how do you save your contacts as .csv on windows mobile? I need to prepare
     
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    for my preparation all i did was hook my instinct up to my computer, back up the contacts, then move the ones from my phone to my computer via contact share option when sync'd and then once on my computer i exported through windows 7 to .csv and the uploaded to my google account and edited the whole list so it's perfect (first name AND last name and all numbers i have for that person)

    yea it took some time but i am now totaly prepared for my evo and feel COMPLETELY organized. now i just have to tell the sprint rep NOT to transfer my numbers to the evo, else ill be doing factory reset as soon as i get it lol
     
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    why hasn't anyone written an app for this yet? mac compatible would be nice please. thanks =)
     
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    As long as your mac has application to open .csv, then it is ok.
     
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    Another way to do this is through bluetooth. The only thing im not certain about is if you have to approve each and every contact as it transfers or can you do it all as one big transfer.
     
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    would be nice if it was isync compatible
     
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    google "missingsync" or "Mark Space" (same thing, first is app name 2nd is dev name). intergrates w/ contacts on your mac (or whatever windoz computers use) but thats if you already have the contacts on your computer to begin with (but you can "find" ways to get them there either use other versions of missingsync for each phone OR the vCard way - and by find i mean "download" the pre version from somewhere, then pay for the android version that you can/will continue using)
     
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    seems like missing sync is missing calendar syncing for mac as it's listed as a future feature. damn. close, but no cigar.

    that would've been it but the only things i really want synced is contacts and calendar.

    i guess i'll just have to upload my ish to google. i'm already synced with my current phone and my desktop. probably gonna purchase spanning sync.
     
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    Where the Sunshine is!
    I used a free utility called TBExport. :)

    The Bluetooth idea is also good.
     
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    hmmm, forgot they had not put that into it yet, i use google for all those, just use missingync for stuff google wont sync
     
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    I too have a Pre. Are you using Preware? There's a patch out there that will allow you to dump and e-mail all of your contacts into a vcf file, which can then be imported into virtually anything else. That is your most viable method of "doing it yourself."
     
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    I would recommend just using Google since Android is very integrated with it anyway. Pre syncs seamlessly with Google and Exchange so just get a Gmail account if you don't already have one (PM me I can invite you if you need one), sync your contacts from your Pre to Gmail, then when you get your Evo, sync that to Google.

    I haven't done any kind of desktop sync since I had phones that integrate with Exchange (work contacts) and Google/Gmail (personal contacts).

    I guess I could export them somehow if I really wanted to but it's almost as pointless as a floppy disk these days what with free services like Google providing the kind of contacts, calendar, email, etc. sync you used to have to pay for with Exchange or Blackberry.
     
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    I should point out, the initial obstacle for Pre users is if you've just been using your Palm Profile to store your contacts, there's no direct way to export them to transfer over to Google, Outlook, etc.

    The easiest method at this time, to rip your contacts out of your Palm Profile, is to use the Preware patch I mention above.
     
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    I am having trouble getting my contacts in to google. Currently I am using a Touch Pro 2 and WinMo 6.5. I used Google Sync (which is really just setting up an exchange server on the device) and it imported my contacts, but it did not import the catagories (I have almost all of my contacts organized into catagories), and it also did not import the calendar, or the tasks.

    Anyone know the best way to get all of this into gmail so I am ready to go when I get the Evo?
     
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    I was originally going to just set up exchange server with Outlook and then, have the contacts/calendar sent OTA. Problem was, I already had 1 account set up for exchange (Work account) without emails. So, I went into Outlook at saved my Contacts and Calendar to a .csv file.

    When I went into the gmail account that I'd be using as the primary account, I just deleted all the contacts that were in my gmail account and then imported the .csv file into google. Worked perfectly and saved me some time from getting rid of (or merging) duplicates. The only thing I don't like on Gmail Contacts is, it doesn't allow you to display a "nickname," like on Outlook. So, any contacts that I have set up with a "nickname" or "display name" show up with their full name. I'll have to figure out how to work around that. I did the same thing for my Google Calendar, but I didn't have any prior appointments in my google calendar, so that was pretty simple.
     
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    Bump is an app on Android and iPhone OS that allows this type of sharing. They claim it works across platforms too, but I haven't tried that. I have bumped from iPod Touch to iPod Touch and it worked flawlessly. Does apps (free) and pics as well as contact information.

    Not sure I'd want to try it for every contact I have, but I'd choose bumping over re-entering any time if there isn't another single-button solution.
     
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    Will Android just pull contacts from Exchange as well as Gmail?
     
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    Well the only exchange server I have setup right now is the one for Google Sync, so that could be an option for me. That leads me to a couple of questions though...

    #1: Does anyone know of a free exchange server that would work for this? One that does contacts (with the notes, all the entry fields, contact picture, and catagory), calendar, and tasks?

    #2: When you do that CSV file and import it- does it bring the notes field, the contact picture, the catagory, and all the fields?

    The Google Sync brought my contacts, and it has the contact picture, notes, and all the entry fields- but it didn't bring the catagory. And it didn't bring any of my calendar or tasks.
     
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    1- I would like to know as well, will leave this for fellow members to answer.

    2- No contact picture, but should have all fields, it is basically a text file.
     
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    Can't answer #1, cuz I don't know.

    #2 - It brought over the contact picture, I believe. Not sure 'bout the notes, as I don't have any notes attached to contacts. It brought over the "group" for sure (just added whatever group name that didn't already exist in Google contacts). I created a CSV file for my Contacts and Calendar. I don't think Google has Notes or Tasks, but I didn't look for it, so I could be wrong.
     
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    is there a way to use microsoft myphone to export the contacts?
     
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