My wife recently got a Samsung Exhibit II 4G Android phone to replace her aging Nokia E63. Migrating her contacts was accomplished fairly easily by exporting them to CSV with Nokia PC Suite and then importing them into Google Contacts. Migrating SMSes was not so trivial however.
There are a couple methods floating around the web, but none were suitable. This one uses Gammu to retrieve the SMSes from the Nokia, and then a script to convert them to an XML format readable by SMS Backup & Restore. It turns out that Gammu doesn't work on Symbian S60v3 devices however. This script can convert SMSes exported by the MsgExport app to XML for SMS Backup & Restore, but I didn't feel like paying for it or dealing with the Ovi Store. VeryAndroid is a Windows application which can convert SMSes from Nokia PC Suite CSV format and sync them directly to an Android device, and Nokia2AndroidSMS can convert SMSes from the OVI Suite database to XML for SMS Backup & Restore. I didn't want to deal with more Windows software though, so I just decided to write my own.
I already had the Nokia PC Suite installed and was using it to migrate contacts, so I decided to work with the CSV output it generates for messages. A received SMS looks like this:
and a sent SMS looks like this:
The fields are:
Fields 4 and 6 are always empty for SMSes (they are probably used for MMSes, one being the message subject).
I also decided to generate XML for the SMS Backup & Restore app. The XML format looks like this:
but can be reduced down to this:
The attributes of the
I implemented a script called [nokia2android.py] in [Python] to convert one or more CSV files to this XML format.
The XML file can then be transferred to the Android device (using USB or Bluetooth) and stored in
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