How to transfer contacts between Nokia, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and more

A new phone is brought and there is an excitement to use it but we have all the contact information on the old phone and we don’t want to go ahead entering phone contacts one-by-one, There are various ways to transfer contacts between Nokia, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile etc.


Here are a few ways to transfer contacts between Nokia, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and more

1. Sim Card based Transfer

If the  address book  of your old phone is relatively small and you only want to copy the  phone numbers  to your new cell phone, simply use the SIM card.

Just copy the  phone numbers  from the old phone’s memory to your SIM card, insert this SIM card into your new phone and then copy the  phone numbers  in your new phone’s memory


2. Memory Card based Transfer

If you phone allows you to copy the number to a Memory card/SD Card, copy the contact information to the memory card, remove the memory card from the Old phone, insert it into the new phone and import the memory card contact  information  to the new phone


3. Using Desktop Software

The SIM card based approach is good only for transferring basic  phone numbers  but if your phone’saddress book  includes long names, email addresses, and other details of your contacts, you need some sort of software to help you with  the transfer  process.

For instance, if you have a Nokia phone but are shifting to a BlackBerry or an iPhone, you may use  Nokia’s Ovi  Suite  application  to copy your phone’s  address book  to Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer. You can then use BlackBerry’s  Desktop Manager  software, or iTunes in the case of iPhone, to transfer contacts from the PC (Outlook) to your new phone’s  address book.

Windows Mobile users, like  Samsung Omnia or  HTC HD2, may again use Microsoft’s  Device Center  (or ActiveSync for XP) to copy their phone  address book  to the desktop via Outlook. If you are simply switching from one Windows Phone to another, you can transfer contacts via the cloud itself using Microsoft’s  My Phone  service.

If you have an old CDMA based mobile phone from, say Samsung or LG, you can use the free  BitPim  utility to copy the phone book to your computer. BitPim is available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines and it can export address books in standard vCard format (.vcf) that you can easily import into Outlook and other  contact managers.

Similarly, there are a lot of utitlities available on various OS platform.


4. Transfer Contacts “Over-the-Air”

If you have an Internet enabled phone, you can easily copy contacts from your old phone to the new phone over-the-air without even requiring a computer.

Google Sync, a cloud based service that works with BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia and most other mobile phones that are SyncML capable. Google Sync keeps your phone’s  address book  in sync with your Google Contacts. Therefore, if you now install Google Sync on both your old and new phone, they’ll have the same phone book entries automatically.

Android based phones  can sync with Google Contacts out of the box you can then export Google Contacts out as a CSV file and copy it to any other phone manually via the  desktop tools. HTC even offers a desktop utility called  HTC Sync  that you may use to synchronize Outlook contacts with your Android phone. This will be handy when you want to copy your HTC’s phone book to another phone that is not web-enabled.

Dhawal D

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