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My mother have got a HTC Wildfire with Android 2.2.

Now I want to import all contacts from her old SIM-card to the phone. I did it and it worked. Then I switched to the new SIM-card, and now when I start the phone, the contacts has disappeared.

How can I import the contacts from the old SIM-card to the Android phone? This is a really annoying problem.

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Possible duplicate: android.stackexchange.com/q/637/2422 –  Daniel Apr 16 '11 at 9:00
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@Daniel: I do not want to transfer my contacts to Google. –  Jonas Apr 16 '11 at 9:04
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Two questions:

  1. Are you sure the SIM contacts were really imported or only displayed.
  2. Is the option to show phone contacts checked after you changed the SIM.

If you go to Contacts, press Menu -> Import/Export -> Import from SIM card.

The SIM contacts should be imported into the phone and remain there. It is then just a matter of getting phone contacts displayed.

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I did exactly this Menu > Import/Export > Import from SIM card and it worked. But all contacts were cleared when I switched to the new SIM card. –  Jonas Apr 17 '11 at 8:34
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When you switch SIM cards, the phone does a factory reset. It thinks you sold the phone to someone else, or something. If you didn't back up the contacts that were on the phone storage, they are lost.

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Ok, so to the question: How can I transfer the contacts on the old SIM-card to the Android phone, so I can use them with my new SIM-card? This is very easy with my old SonyEricsson phone. –  Jonas Apr 16 '11 at 14:26
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You'd export them as a .vcf file or something after moving them to the phone ... I'm not sure whether the stock or other Contacts apps support that, but there should be an app in the Market to do it. –  Matthew Read Apr 16 '11 at 16:30
    
Never witnessed that, are you really about that? –  ce4 Jan 10 '13 at 1:22
    
@ce4 Happened to me a few times. Maybe it's just my Vibrant. –  Matthew Read Jan 10 '13 at 1:26
    
Ok, it's probably only Samsung. What a screw up, that's rogue. I have 3 SIM cards (personal, business, test) that I switch sometimes. Never happened to me, maybe because I haven't booted the Samsung's stock firmware once. Immediately installed cyanogenmod. Maybe worth an investigation? –  ce4 Jan 10 '13 at 1:32
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I found a pre-installed app on the HTC Wildfire Transfer Data that transferred all contacts and SMS from the old SonyEricsson phone, it was exactly what I needed.

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If like most people you use a Google account on your android phone, import your contacts to your google account, then they will be on any future android phone as soon as you sign in.

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Follow these steps:

  1. Open Contacts. You can reach this from the contacts shortcut in your app drawer or home screen, or via the contacts tab in your phone dialer.

  2. Press the Menu button.

  3. Select Import/Export.

  4. Select Export from SIM.

  5. Click Select All, or manually tick each contact you wish to copy to the phone.

  6. You may be asked where to copy the contacts to; select the appropriate option.

It takes no more than a second or two to copy over a few hundred contacts, so you'll be done in less than the time it takes to send yourself just one via SMS.

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