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So work have finally delivered the replacement iPhone 6S for my elderly Blackberry Q10.

It's all setup and running fine. I will, in time, get used to the virtual keyboard after my beloved Q10 physical keyboard - but hey, gotta keep up with the times.

My current main issue is that all my telephone contacts reside on my Blackberry, and my iPhone 6S contact list is only populated with what appears to be all my wife's contacts since it's synched with iCloud.

According to the man from the helpdesk - there's "no way" to move my Blackberry contacts to my iPhone 6S. I will have to re-type them. Yes... that's not happening. I have hundreds of them.

Before I go scouring the big ol' web - Has anyone else done this in the recent past? I'm sure there must be a way I can plug my Blackberry into my iMac at home, download the contacts somewhere and then shove them up the iClouds how's your father so they appear as contacts up there and then down on my iPhone. I have WiFi still enabled on my Blackberry too - and I'm an Outlook user... can I synch to Outlook on my Blackberry maybe and then use Outlook Onedrive to synch to Outlook on my iPhone. Surely. Shirley.
 

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I'll ask colleague at work how he switched from BB to iPhoney.

Pretty sure it involved syncing contacts to the Exchange server.
 

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Who do you work for?
Your BB should be connected to a BB Enterprise Server which syncs mail, contacts & calendar.
If you switch to an iPhone that also connects but via active sync and so your mail, contacts & calendar should be there for you.
Obviously if you have a **** IT dept then this may not be the case. We'll assume the worst.

You need to get hold of BB desktop manager and backup your contacts from the BB. Then you need to import them to a system the iPhone can read. Gmail should work but I'd ask your it people before you start.
 

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I don't necessarily believe our IT dept is **1t, but I do think they are not happy with the choice of iPhones for staff as they still consider Blackberry to be the most secure, enterprise manageable and reliable device for business use. From my coffee machine chats with some of them they think we've only moved to iPhone because people want the fancy shmancy handsets. I consider therefore their reluctance to assist with easy transfer as an admirable but ultimately futile show of defiance in the face of the Apple onslaught.

Anyway - I found a utility that converts my Blackberry backup on my iMac to an iCloud uploadable version so I'm doing that at home at the weekend rather than break the barricades of my brothers in arms in IT.
 

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Your IT department is correct.
iPhones are deployed for one of two reasons:

Manager level want the shiny
and/or
Grunt level have been moaning so much
management cave in just to stop the belly-aching.
 

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Your IT department is correct.
iPhones are deployed for one of two reasons:

Manager level want the shiny
and/or
Grunt level have been moaning so much
management cave in just to stop the belly-aching.
Over time I have deployed BB, iPhones & Androids - easiest and most secure was BB but the build quality of the devices was rubbish (I have about 30 in a cupboard somewhere all broken in some way or other). Android's are an absolute no no for business - far too easy for a user to install dodgy software that can brick the phone. Which leave iPhone's as something in between. Build quality is generally good -I have had the odd breakage of the home button and screens of course but thats about all. Everyone knows someone who knows how to do stuff on an iPhone so the helpdesk hit isn't very high either. At the moment I prefer Apple.
 

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As you may have gathered I work in IT. We specialise is IBM Notes but also do general IT stuff for SME's hence the fact I have deployed BBs, iPhones and to a lesser extent Androids a number of times but to date I have never used any MDM (Mobile Device Management) software as it has always been someone else's area or for the SME's beyond budget of the customers I have worked with.

Yesterday I tripped over Cisco's Meraki subsidiary - https://meraki.cisco.com/ - it appears that they offer free cloud based MDM for up to 100 devices (or perhaps companies with up to 100 employees). I signed up for one of my customers and am investigating.
 
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