How did my iPhone get all my contacts?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rizajj, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. rizajj macrumors member

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    When I got my iPhone, all my contacts from my old phone magically appeared in my iPhone. How did this happen? Aren't my contacts stored on my SIM and on my old phone's memory?

    I was an AT&T customer already; did this have something to do with it? It was great that I didnt' have to import my contacts, but also kind of weird that it happened automatically. Did this happen to anyone else?


    I did a quick search on this forum and didnt find anything, so sorry if this has been asked already.
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Do you have a mac and mobileme account. If so, they now "push" for contacts and calendars.
     
  3. XianPalin macrumors 6502

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    The new version comes prebundled with iDentityTheft that automatically stores and steals all of your personal information!
     
  4. njchris macrumors regular

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    It will also sync to windows contacts if you use windows.
     
  5. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    none of the above. i have no mobileme. i hadnt yet even set up my email or anything yet. I'm saying it was all in there WHILE I WAS STILL IN THE APPLE STORE!

    crazy eh? so far i'm the only one?
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Maybe they transfered them from your old SIM card. And No, your contacts on your iPhone are not stored on your SIM card, they're stored in your phone's flash memory.
     
  7. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Must be an AT&T thing...

    I had to let my Mac Book Pro sync to the phone...

    :apple::apple:
     
  8. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    AT&T can transfer your contacts from your old SIM card to your iPhone for you. I thought you had to ask them to do it but it looks like they do it automatically.
     
  9. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    They didn't use my old SIM card; they used the new, included SIM card in the new iPhone.

    my old phone let me store contacts on the phone memory AND the SIM card, though you had to manually copy from one to the other. I usally backed up to SIM once a month on my old phone.

    I guess its an AT&T thing...
     
  10. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    how did you hear about this?

    if its true, then on one hand, that's very cool, but on the other, it's kinda creepy.
     
  11. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Not really. Doesn't everyone do this when they buy a new phone? I know I always ask them to transfer my old contacts to my shiny new phone
     
  12. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah but i thought there was some sort of 'physical' process involved. like swapping SIMs or something. or connecting the phones, or dumping to an intermediary device like a computer.

    it's just sort of weird that AT&T, in their database somewhere, has all my contacts and phone numbers. i always thought it was entirely local to my phone.
     
  13. mac'inmama macrumors regular

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    No, your old iPhone sim card will not transfer your information to your new phone. Sorry. I didn't know until I got there and they couldn't do it. They also did not push my info from my mobileme account. I had to come home and sync from the backup, so be sure that you are backing up your old phone before you switch.

    Maybe it's different if your old phone isn't an iPhone, though.
     
  14. appledrone macrumors regular

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    Hmmmmmmm B.S:eek:
     
  15. daneoni macrumors G4

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    iPhone 2.0 software has import SIM contacts function in sys prefs, so maybe when you were buying the rep just pushed that button for you?
     
  16. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    i searched "automatically import contacts" and found nothing that seemed to match what i was asking. please point me to what you found, so i may be more adequately prepared for future postings.
     
  17. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    no, the rep did not handle my phone long enough to do that, and, furthermore, I didn't use my 'old' SIM. I used the SIM that came with the iPhone 3G.

    I think it must be an AT&T thing.
     
  18. appledrone macrumors regular

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    why do people make these bulls**t stories up?:confused:
     
  19. player2 macrumors member

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    So what is the easiest way to add your contacts if you are new to the iPhone and AT&T?
     
  20. Olleh macrumors member

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    How do you know it's a load of crap, though?
     
  21. appledrone macrumors regular

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    well, the op says that att didnt handle his phone enough, it was a new sim, they didnt touch the old one and he hadnt even plugged it into his computer.

    How did they get there? Black magic?

    'Introducing iphone psycic edition'
     
  22. mcdj macrumors G3

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    LOL @ all these posts. I love when someone has some magical thing happen and no one can figure it out, then after 6 pages of armchair CSI, the OP suddenly remembers that his kid/brother/uncle/dog might have played with the phone for a couple of hours, or some other random forgotten tidbit, and declares mystery solved.

    Otherwise, the only logical answer is of course, iGhost.
     
  23. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a

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    Newb on newb drama.. :rolleyes:
     
  24. appledrone macrumors regular

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    and you've been on here for eternity aswell then i see:p

    I was just pointing out the obvious
     
  25. rizajj thread starter macrumors member

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    look, there ARE systems that exist that do such a thing, though I am not subscribed to them (at least not that I'm aware of).

    http://mobilebackup.att.com/index.html

    I'll continue to investigate, but I wanted to see if anyone else here has experienced this. Given that apparently NO ONE has, then my only conclusion is that, in fact, it IS something I did but am unaware of. But to accuse me of 'making it up' is downright rude. Troll somewhere else.
     

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