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Chances of porting SMS & Contacts from crashed Win Mobile phone to another working phone

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I used to 'sync' my Windows mobile 6.1 SGH780 phone to
my Windows XP's Outlook 2003 : I suppose it's only the
Contacts, Calendar/Reminders that are being sync'ed over.

I only use my Win 6.1 phone for SMS texting, phone calls,
less than a dozen photo taking, reminders & nothing else.

Did not sync for a year & that Win 6.1 phone just crashed
& could not boot up anymore.

Question:
Someone offerred to sell me his old working SGH785 for US$75:
is there any chance of transferring the "flash" or "non-volatile"
memory from my non-bootable SGH785 which stores the SMS
messages & Contacts to the good SGH785 & I can get back the
SMS messages plus the latest Contacts?

If the  phone can't boots up & it also means those SMS & Contacts
are gone/irrecoverable, then I won't invest in that $75
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sunhux,

I know this isn't good news, but I am going to say almost certainly not. Your contacts and SMS messages are typically stored on the memory on-board the phone. Although that phone has the capability of having a microSD card, it is set up mostly for storing files (music files and downloads) and backups if you were using a backup app. If you have a MicroSD card installed on the phone, you can access that via a computer and card reader, and see what's on it.

IF you specifically copied contacts to the SIM card, then you could use another phone to access them. This would have been a one-at-a-time thing on this phone, where you selected the contact and specifically copied it to your SIM card. You'd remember if you did this.

Hope that helps in the decision.
LHerrou
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by:sunhux
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> memory on-board the phone
Is this onboard memory just a chip on the CPU board which
can be easily removed & transferred to another same model
phone?
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> Is this onboard memory just a chip on the CPU board which can be easily removed & transferred to another same model phone?

It is a chip on the phone motherboard, but the miniaturized scale at which modern phones are built means that the "easily removed & transferred" bit is not exactly "easy." It may be worth a try, if you are very skilled (or have a friend that is) at soldering. I consider myself decent at soldering and working at the standard circuit-board level, but wouldn't attempt this myself. It may also be that once you open the case of your current phone, you might see some other reason why the phone isn't booting, and can repair that.
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