DO NOT PULL THE CABLE OUT OF THE PHONE WHILE OPERATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE (even just reads). If you do, you could end up with bad data when you read the phone book. You can only fix that by writing good data back again.
The phonebook editor allows you to have more than one number of the same type (eg multiple 'home' numbers). The phone allows an upload of this. The phone appears to work fine with this. However the user interface on the phone doesn't allow you to enter multiple numbers of the same type. There might be some deep dark reason. BitPim will correctly set the first 'home' number as 'home' and the second as 'home2'. Any extras will also be saved as 'home2'
BitPim saves a new groups file when saving your phonebook. The file is limited to 9 entries plus one for 'No Group'. BitPim picks the 9 most frequent entries and uses those.
The phone requires that each entry have at least one phone number or one email address. Entries without neither will be ignored and not written to the phone.
I have not tested to see what happens if you fill up the phone's filesystem. It has 1.5MB of space available. The protocol doesn't look like it will result in partial files.
If you use downloaded wallpapers, the phone can take a really long time to shutdown (around a minute or two). It will appear as though it has hung. It hasn't - just be patient. This was fixed for some people in firmware version 06.
The various fields have maximum lengths when writing to the phonebook. Currently if you edit a value to be longer than the maximum field length, there will be an exception while saving the phonebook. I will be making this user friendly shortly (most probably by silently truncating the value). Opinions welcome. Here is a listing of field lengths:
Only digits are allowed in phone numbers (ie you can't have punctuation such as parentheses or dashes). BitPim will remove all non-digits when saving the number. (The letters P & T
The order you see entries in the phonebook editor is not the order they are written to the phone. Existing entries remain in the same order, and new ones get added on the end. (This is due to limitations of the phone).
BitPim Online Help built 17 January 2010