Convert PBB files to CSV / Copying your SIM contacts onto an iPhone
I've notice the newer iPhone software has an "Import Contacts from SIM"
option, rendering this obsolete. I'll leave it up for generic PBB->CSV
The AT&T support
site documents 3 ways to copy your contacts from your old SIM card to
your new iPhone. None of them worked for me. I re-worked option #3, and
present it here for others who have similar problems.
This documents how to get the contacts and their phone numbers off your
current AT&T SIM card onto your new iPhone. Handy if you can't sync
them onto your PC, or don't have Outlook/Excel (as the provided utility doesn't
work with Outlook Express as advertised), or have a Mac. If you have
Windows & Outlook, you can download the "official" program from the AT&T directions
that should properly export your contacts (though I don't have Outlook or Excel to
know for sure).
If you're not comfortable uploading your contact list to me (your contacts
are deleted from my server immediately after processing), or interested in
knowing how this works, the source is here: pbbreader.c (though if that doesn't work, I drop back
to a dumber algorithm that just extracts strings, and tries to make the
numbers come out sane).
- Take your phone to the nearest AT&T store. Ask them to copy the
contacts onto a USB thumb drive. This will cost $15 for the drive, as they
will not use one you give them.
- Upload the file on this drive (will be of the name Backup_date_.PBB)
here. You will get a .csv file you should save to your hard drive.
- Import this .csv file into your Yahoo! Address Book as Yahoo CSV.
- Configure iTunes to sync with your Yahoo! Address Book.