If you’re moving from BlackBerry to the new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S/4 and even 3GS), it’s a great move considering the market trends today. Despite all efforts, BlackBerry is facing a gradual death while iPhone is experiencing historical growth both in revenue and market share.
One of the most important things that smartphones need are contacts. When you are moving to an iPhone from a BlackBerry mobile phone, you will need to move all or most of your contacts too. There are several ways you can do this.
How you can transfer contacts from your BlackBerry phone to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 4/4S.
The Age-Old Method
Perhaps, one of the most easiest methods (when you have SIM contacts) is to just use the SIM to transfer the contacts. If you are going to use the same SIM (after, may be cutting it to Nano size for the iPhone 5), you can simply copy contacts to the SIM from your BlackBerry phone and then when you put that SIM into your iPhone 5, all the contacts get transported.
Of course, this method has serious limitations. First off, not everyone is going to use the same SIM. Even otherwise, the amount of data a SIM card holds is limited and so, this might not fit the purpose. That’s why, you can use Gmail sync option.
Gmail sync with Google Sync
To follow this method:
- Get a Gmail account if you don’t have one
- Visit m.google.com/sync to download Google Sync on your BB
- Launch the app, enter your credentials to login
- In the screen, check ‘Sync Contacts‘ and select ‘Sync Now‘
- All your contacts will be synced with your Gmail account Contacts (you can test this periodically to verify if contacts are being copied)
- Now, setup a new Mail account in your iPhone
- Choose Microsoft Exchange Mail account
- Enter the details of your Gmail account with the Server field being ‘m.google.com‘
- Set ‘Sync‘ to yes under Contacts
- All the contact information on your Gmail will be synced to your iPhone (which effectively transfers all the contacts from your BB to your iPhone)
The one little downside to this option is that many of the email addresses in your Gmail will also get synced to your iPhone. If you’re not much bothered about this, this method should work fine for you as this doesn’t involve iTunes or cables.
But if that’s a bother, follow the below method:
Blackberry Desktop + iTunes Sync
If you have a BlackBerry smartphone, you would use BlackBerry Desktop to sync contacts, calendars, apps etc. You can use the same to sync contacts too and then use iTunes to transfer them to your iPhone. Here’s how:
- BlackBerry Desktop will automatically sync your contacts to Address Book.
- Make sure all the contacts are saved up in your Address Book by taking a look at it.
- Now, open iTunes and connect your iPhone
- Select the iPhone under the Devices menu (sidebar)
- Click on Info tab
- Make sure ‘Sync Contacts’ is selected
- Click Apply and the contacts will be synced to your iPhone
Below is a quick video tutorial that will walk you through how to transfer contacts from BlackBerry to iPhone:
There! That should do it.
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Another method is to do it with IntouchApp Contacts