I downloaded the latest Nokia PC Suite software for my ailing Nokia Communicator 9500, to backup everything, and to be able to read the SMS messages on the PC and delete the 1000+ SMS messages I have in my mobile...
After taking a full backup of everything, then another backup of SMS, Calendar and Contacts only, and while the phone was connected to the PC, I was able to view the messages, which made me think that the software downloaded them to the PC, so I proceeded to deleting some of them. After deleting about 200 or so, and having the mobile disconnected from the PC, I wasn't able to read them from the PC!!!
Apparently, the software was reading directly from the mobile and it had kept no copy, other than the backups that I took!
After 5 minutes of a panic attack followed by curses, I decided to restore the SMS messages from the backup to the phone. The software was kind enough to give me the choice to restore the SMS messages only, and not shove everything into my face, or the mobile's. The process took time, and the existing messages were not duplicated! But the process never finished; it got stuck at the end, so I canceled the operation but the messages were back.
I started looking for software to extract the messages from the .NBU backup file, which the Nokia software produced, since they're too retarded to present the option.
I was able to find only one piece of software that is both free and works! It's also able to extract the messages into one file (text, HTML, CSV, PDF, and more), or each message in a file. And to top it all, it can produce a table of contents of the messages!
The software's name is: ABC Amber NBU Converter. Here's a page with some description, but I don't know the software's original site, so I'm not sure if the linked page's file is safe from viruses. Make sure to scan it.
I'm glad Nokia didn't include the option to download the SMS messages to the PC, because it gave me yet another reason why I should dump Nokia altogether, and to find this beautiful piece of software.
Kudos to its creator(s).