Does the iPhone store contacts on the sim or on the phone?

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    yeah

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    I was just wondering :confused:
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    It stores the contacts on the phone
     
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    yeah

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    Thanks :D
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    If u have a gsm version, then the contacts are also backed up onto the sim card. So if u get a new iPhone and put the sim card in u can go to settings and the contacts tab u can press import contacts from sim and u will get all ur contacts on the phone right away.
     
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    Are you sure about that? I have used all iPhone since launch day and all I know is you can only import from a sim card and no the other way around! Unless you sim the jailbreak app that is in Cydia to save contacts/transfer into a sim card.
     
  6. macrumors demi-god

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    Contacts are not backed up on the Sim card. There isn't enough room for all the info in the iPhone contacts. The iPhone can import contacts that have been put there by another phone.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Ya I am sure. U should try it if u have a gsm version. I just got my iPhone replaced two weeks ago and when they gave me the new one it's was empty and all the texts
    came in as numbers rather than names and they told me all I had to do was click the "import sim contacts" button and I had all my contacts, but that's it (obviously) none of the txts or anything came back.
     
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    This is incorrect. You can only import from SIM, you cannot back up to SIM.
     
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    I don't think he's saying YOU can backup to sim, he's saying the iPhone also stores to the sim to allow you to import from sim.
     
  10. macrumors 68000

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    Correct, the iPhone has an import fuction to help you migrate any existing Contacts stored on your SIM from a non-iPhone!

    You should have synced your iPhone before it was replaced. This would allow you to backup your SMS Txt messages and also sync your contacts to one of the iPhone supported Contact management tools.

    Note: In your case since you already had contacts on your SIM, then yes you were able to re-import them but any that you added directly via the iPhone will not be available. The iPhone does not write Contact data to the Mini-SIM or the Micro-SIM.



    Again, the iPhone does not store any contact data to the SIM not as a backup or at all. The iPhone is designed to sync any contacts add to your iPhone to another contact tool on your Mac, PC, MobileMe, Google, Yahoo, Outlook, Outlook Express... or soon iCloud.

    Dave
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    I read this thinking "what a moron you cannot do that" haha.. I've had all iPhone and always thought that. Read your other post - and you're right - you CAN import from SIM!

    Pretty sure MOST do not know this.. even Apple geniuses... because I've mentioned after a few replacements how it's a pain not having contacts until I can sync it. Each time they'd say "yeah, I agree.. wish there was a way"... most do not know this.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    Ya mine even did the new contacts that I added on my old iPhone before I got it replaced.
     
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    aziatiklover

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    You prolly have saved your contacts somewhere else then thought the iPhone saved it for you on the sim. Cuz I just try with an empty sim card, and guess what? Nothing has been saved into the sim from my iPhone.
    PS: Yes I have all GSM iPhones model
     

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