It’s the age-old conundrum (well, a couple of decades old at least). You just got the hottest new phone on the market, but your mom’s number, roommate’s number, and the blonde’s number who you met last week at the bar – along with 300 other contacts – are trapped on your old phone. Sure, you could spend half of your Saturday painstakingly manually transferring contacts between phones. But surely there must be a better way.
Luckily, there is – several, in fact. Depending on your phone and provider, you may be able to transfer your contacts in just a few minutes.
The process differs depending on your device, but if both your old phone and new phone use a SIM card, chances are pretty good that you can download your contacts right to your SIM card and upload them to your new phone. You will likely find an option within your settings menu to save your contacts to your SIM card. Consult your device’s manual for step-by-step instructions.
Your wireless carrier may be able to quickly transfer the numbers for you in-store. Give them a call and see if they are able to transfer your contacts from your old device to your new phone.
It may be possible to wirelessly transfer contacts to your new phone using a Bluetooth connection. Refer to your user manuals to see if your old and new devices support sending and receiving contacts over Bluetooth.
There are a number of online tools out there that may solve your dilemma. A company called ZYB offers a free way to transfer your contacts and calendar between phones, as well as backup your contacts on Gmail. Best of all, the service works with hundreds of popular mobile phones, and is always adding more to its list of supported devices.
Your wireless carrier may also offer a contact synchronization and backup service for a nominal monthly fee. For $1.99 a month, Verizon offers a service called Backup Assistant that will back up your existing phone’s address book and synchronize with your. AT&T offers a similar service called Mobile Backup for compatible devices. Sprint and T-Mobile also offer online services to backup and transfer your mobile phone’s contacts.
A gadget called CellStik works with a fair number of phones. The device looks just like a USB thumb drive – with an additional jack that plugs into your phone. Just plug in the device, push a button, and your contacts will be downloaded to CellStik in just a few seconds. You can then plug the drive into your computer, and edit or save your contacts with some simple software. Alas, you will likely have to buy a separate CellStick for your new phone as well.
If your phone isn’t compatible with any of these solutions and services, you may be able to purchase synchronization software and cables for your device. There are quite a few websites out there that sell software and cables that will allow you to download your contacts to your computer and then upload them to your new device. Just run a quick Google search for ‘your device + synchronization software.’ Unfortunately, if you opt for this solution, you will likely have to shell out the Benjamins for separate cables for both your old and new device.