I am having a Moto G and Nexus 7 (2012, WiFi only) devices which have my contacts synced with my Google account.

My Moto G suffered a hardware issue because of which I am using a very basic phone for my calling needs. I have given the Moto G for service and it would take a week for them to fix.

My basic replacement phone (Nokia 1800) does not have Bluetooth, no WiFi, No packet data support. Since my SIM and the new phones are devoid of any contacts,I could not see who is calling me and to make calls, I resorted to pen and paper method.

I am just wondering whether there could be any means of sending few of my contacts from my Google account to the SIM via SMS.

Another way I could try is to use someone else Android phone to access my google account and copy selected to my SIM. But I see that's too much of trouble to others as they might not be willing to lend.

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Here is a relatively simple description of the desired process:

  • Download your contacts from Google by following the simple instructions here
  • Open your e-mail program and start a new e-mail message.
  • Enter the cell phone number in the To: box using the format [email protected], where "number" is the phone number of the cell phone to which you're sending the message. For example, to send a text message to cell phone 123-456-7890, enter [email protected].(in this case you want to enter your own cell number) Please see source for more information
  • Type a message of up to 160 characters in the message box and then click Send (in this case, attempt to attach the contacts file that you exported from your Google account instead of a message!) .
    Congratulations! Your message will shortly appear on the cell phone. Hope this helps! Good luck
  • Thanks, my operator (BSNL,India) seems not to have any such way to send an email and receive it as a SMS.
    – Narayanan
    May 3, 2014 at 7:08
  • Not even "your_number"@teleflip.com works?
    – reubenjohn
    May 3, 2014 at 7:10
  • Attempts like [email protected],in, sms.bsnl.co.in, .bsnl.in, .sms.bsnl.in and the same combination with absense of country code 91 tried. All resulted in bouncing email. Sending to [email protected] and [email protected] does not bounce, but no reply nor sms.
    – Narayanan
    May 5, 2014 at 7:05

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