Copy Contacts from iPhone to Sim Card

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jetheat, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    Is there a way to copy the contacts from the iPhone to the sim card.

    I then need to use this sim card in another phone.

    Isim and Simport don't exist for iPhone 3G so can't use them.

    If you're thinking about synching, I have an iMac.

    Any ideas?

  2. macrumors 68040

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    As stupid as it is, I don't think this is possible with the iPhone. I've never been able to find a way.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    It's another one of those senseless feautues missing on the iPhone.
  4. macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Unfortunately, your best bet is probably to find a way to sync the other phone using isync.
  5. Tomaten, Apr 5, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 11, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2008
    This is ****ed up :mad:
    My 5 yeah old nokia can do it - but the "oh so faboules iphone" cant do it... geesufreakingchrist :mad:
  6. Tumbleweed666, Apr 5, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 11, 2012

    macrumors 68000

    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    True but possibly 'so what' as there's a 'gotcha' here, very little work has been put into making SIMs have a larger capacity. so its very easy to have many times more contacts on a PDA/Phone than you'll ever get into a SIM. I have an old Nokia with what at the time was a larger SIM, but it would never store the number of contacts I have on my Treo.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Why do you need to? Everything is copied to iTunes and your contacts on your computer.
  8. macrumors 601


    Aug 29, 2006
    Free mobileme, sync contacts, export them out, cancel mobileme.
    You could use funambol to get them too.
  9. macrumors 603

    Mar 20, 2007
    The other person may have a secondary phone that isn't an iphone that they may swap the sim in. So iTunes isn't much help there...
  10. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Even my wife's old RAZR can sync contacts with the computer over bluetooth. And it's a couple years old.

    There are actually still phones out there that won't sync with Outlook or Apple's Address Book?
  11. macrumors 603

    Mar 20, 2007
    I think my nokia 2610 doesn't support that. Of course I only use the 2610 when I am going to a place where camera phones are not allowed...
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    My crappy backup nokia doesnt sync with outlook, but i can save contacts to the sim card. Another oversight by apple.
  13. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    That looks pretty similar to my last phone and I didn't think there was anyway to change the SIM card in that yourself. Can you actually open that up?
  14. macrumors 603

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yup the battery cover comes off, the SIM is under the battery.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Michigan, USA
    Haha, add that to the "missing" list. :p
  16. macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    It's obvious that the omission of this feature wasn't just an oversight since the iPhone allows you to copy your contacts stored on your SIM card to your iPhone, so obviously they thought of the reverse of that feature. The only reason why you can't do this is so you're stuck with the iPhone once you switch to it since there isn't a simple way to keep your contacts on your current phone, unless it's an iPhone.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2009
    Clearly the iPhone CAN write contact to its SIM - it's just cr-apple that are making it hard for everyone. See iSIM check your App Installer press Sources, then Edit, then Add. Next, type
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2005
    You are unfortunately right - Apple want to take control - else I could not explain why this simple feature is missing!

    Think different => Think like Apple
  19. macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    Yeah, until they straighten this out Apple will probably never sell any iPhones.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2007
  21. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2010
    can this be done by

    Sun Valley Co have an application called Cloud address book
    Can this be done by uploading the data to the contact store that cloud book supply, swapping the new SIM into the iPhone and restoring it?

    B**** silly way to live life ... come on Apple -- give us the feature everyone else has -=- sigh!
  22. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    easy solution

    Use "Share Contacts" to MMS the contact to your phone. Then Add new contact, then delete the old one.
  23. macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2011
    Ugh! I wish there was a way. I may have to get an old phone just so I won't have to deal w/ this *****. iCloud deleted ALL of my contacts the other day... And I thought the entire point of iCloud was to back up everything I had? Now I have to start from scratch and am afraid this will only happen again, and I didn't even do anything to my phone! This is a perfect question and with technology being so flaky nowadays I don't think I trust it so much anymore. Now I am manually adding people to my Address Book so at least I have that to fall back on if I ever lose my contacts in the future.

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