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# 77738 21-Feb-2011 22:14
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So got a u8150 today after having a nokia 1800 and put in my 2 degrees sim. Everything is running great apart from i can't find any of my contacts on the android. I am 99% sure the contacts where saved to sim on my old phone but nothing is here which i find strange. When i go into contacts it just tells me i have none.

Now i am a bit of an android noob so may be doing something, so any pointers would be great?

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  # 442142 21-Feb-2011 22:19
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Is there a option to copy SIM contacts to phone?



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  # 442145 21-Feb-2011 22:22
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johnr: Is there a option to copy SIM contacts to phone?


Ahh yes thats the one, still getting used to this whole android thing and forgot to check the menu in the contacts for an import option.

Thanks for your help :)

 
 
 
 


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  # 442180 22-Feb-2011 00:22
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I took the liberty of hardcopying all my contacts into Gmail, so they got automatically synced to the Contacts app. Much easier than doing it on the device itself. ^_^
But if all you want is the names and numbers, disregard my post. :P

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  # 442186 22-Feb-2011 01:08
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in the contact page, under setting
I believe you can choose whether you want the gmail contact, sim contact or phone contact
you might want to manually configure this on your ideos




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  # 442218 22-Feb-2011 08:12
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wanghou168: in the contact page, under setting
I believe you can choose whether you want the gmail contact, sim contact or phone contact
you might want to manually configure this on your ideos



Yea i'm confused too,
The contacts system on the android is different than other OS.

THere's 3 "display" option for contacts, but 'm still confused:

If i tick 'system group' as the display option it displays nothing.
If i tick a blank option it displays the contact that i added from the phone
If i tick the "other" options it displays all contacts from SIM.

WHAT IS THE BLANK OPTION ??

AND Where does Android save contacts that we create new from the phone? Sim or phone memory ? My old nokia gave me the option for where to store it. 

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  # 442220 22-Feb-2011 08:23
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Android saves them on the phone but syncs them with your GMail [Google account] contacts list so be very careful if you ever decide to delete all your contacts from your phone with the idea of re-importing them as I found out. After I deleted the phone contacts and synced to my Gmail it [obviously in hind sight] deleted all my contacts in gmail completely. Fortunately I had already expoerted them to a CSV file from Gmail and was able to re-import them into Gmail and then sync my phone again.

You can also add more contacts if you have a facebook account in your sync accounts list under Menu>Settings>accounts & sync as it will import contacts fom there also.
You can choose to only show facebook contacts with phone numbers which will cut that list down a bit.

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  # 442221 22-Feb-2011 08:27
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thats my question though,
We can't access the sim card from our phone ??? omggggggg

Also in contacts theres a menu to backup contacts to SD card in vCard format, is that format compatible with gmail account ? 

 
 
 
 


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  # 442222 22-Feb-2011 08:28
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You can choose where you want to save newly created contact.
The options are phone, gmail and sim too
I stored all my contact in gmail, so when I get a new phone, all I need to do is sync my gmail account. And you do need to connect to wifi or a 3g network to do the sync.




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  # 442223 22-Feb-2011 08:31
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wanghou168: You can choose where you want to save newly created contact.
The options are phone, gmail and sim too
I stored all my contact in gmail, so when I get a new phone, all I need to do is sync my gmail account. And you do need to connect to wifi or a 3g network to do the sync.


Wow, really ? where's the option for that ? all i see is the 'done' button.

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  # 442224 22-Feb-2011 08:33
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I just checked the ideos which I bought for my parents.....
There is no sim card contact option either....
Quite different to my lg optimus one......
Then you will have to creat all your contact in gmail and sync them then




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  # 442226 22-Feb-2011 08:41
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So it looks like LG has modified the android to insert that functionality.

ONe of the upside of NON-vanilla android. 

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  # 442254 22-Feb-2011 09:54
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The problem with copying back to the SIM is that you can only have name and number. I don't know about you, but my contacts are chocka with info. It just can't be stored in the SIM entry. It's more useful to export from Google I think.

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  # 442269 22-Feb-2011 10:26
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Yea but the problem is this:

Consider this scenario,

You buy an android phone, met some new friends (say 15 new buddies) and you store their cellphone number in the android (the only way if u dnt hv an lg p500 and dont hv the app to do that.).

Then 2 years later you want to switch to a blackberry or a windows phone 7 .......guess what your extra 15 contacts that you have on the droid phone and google server cannot be ported to the new nonDroid phone. 

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  # 442272 22-Feb-2011 10:31
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miamiheatfan: Yea but the problem is this:

Consider this scenario,

You buy an android phone, met some new friends (say 15 new buddies) and you store their cellphone number in the android (the only way if u dnt hv an lg p500 and dont hv the app to do that.).

Then 2 years later you want to switch to a blackberry or a windows phone 7 .......guess what your extra 15 contacts that you have on the droid phone and google server cannot be ported to the new nonDroid phone. 


Is this switch precipitated by someone stealing my Android phone and me being so desperate for a phone that I would go back to either a Windows phone or Blackberry untill my new phone arrived? Tongue out

Why wouldn't they be portable to either?
Windows phone: You can just import your contacts into outlook from a csv which you can export from your Gmail/Google account.  I would imagine BBerry has the same facility.

Or you can look in your Gmail account and manually put them in.

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  # 442273 22-Feb-2011 10:34
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You should be able to export to a csv or somewhere else and import them to your new non-droid phone

Both gmail and nokia ovi allow you to export/import




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