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Device: MMX A89
Android: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

Whenever I switch off the phone, then switch it on, SIM card contacts takes a long time to load. They don't load properly. In the call list, only phone numbers are shown and not the names associated with them.

How can I fix this problem?

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    When you say "after switch on Android 4.0.4", do you mean you changed from a lower version to Android 4.0.4, or do you mean turning on your phone?
    – geffchang
    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:02
  • Turning ON (from switched off) my phone Aug 28, 2013 at 6:27
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    OK, edited the title to make it clearer.
    – geffchang
    Aug 28, 2013 at 6:32
  • @geffchang, Any solution for that? Aug 28, 2013 at 6:40
  • No idea. Did this happen only now? How about before? Are you using a 3rd pary app for contacts?
    – geffchang
    Aug 28, 2013 at 7:22

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That's normal behaviour for the SIM card phone book, not just for Android, but on older dumbphones too. I remember my old Nokia 3310 took about a minute after booting before the phone book (and other SIM card functions) became available. The problem wasn't really noticeable on early Android phones because they took so long to boot anyway. While the phones are a lot quicker now, the SIM cards are still the same old technology.

If you want to get at them more quickly, either leave your phone turned on, or copy them to the device.

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  • Is there any app exist which can load Sim Card contacts fast? Aug 29, 2013 at 9:22
  • An app can't make your SIM card power up faster. It would be possible to make an app that caches the SIM card phone book on the device's storage, to allow faster access to it (even when the SIM card is removed), but I doubt one exists. It would just be a different way of storing your contacts on the phone instead of the SIM card.
    – Dan Hulme
    Aug 29, 2013 at 9:25
  • It's basically like a desktop OS which would need to load all your programs and files and etc... It's not the world of DOS any more, where you'd just hit the switch to turn on and start working immediately and then turn it off just as fast.
    – Ihsan
    Oct 1, 2013 at 11:29

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