How to Get Contacts Off of SIM Cards

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Importing your contacts from your cell phone shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

When it comes to replacing an old phone, one of the most common problems is how to import your contacts from your old SIM card into your new phone or SIM card. It can be done, but it will depend on the type of SIM card you are using and whether it is compatible with the new cell phone. Different cell phone providers and manufacturers may also have restrictions on importing contacts, but most make it easy for the user to import contacts. Below are three options for removing your contacts from your SIM card.


Step 1

Install a third-party software application such as SIMport if you are transferring your contacts from your SIM card to a smart phone. You can find this by going to "Applications" or "Apps" on your smart phone and tapping "Install." Once the program has been installed, the application will allow you to import your contacts. Open the application on your smart phone and click "Sources" and then "Edit." Select "Add" and Go to "Install," click on the "iFon International" category and then click "Install SIMPort." Tap to open "SIMport" and follow the Wizard to import your contacts from your SIM card to your smart phone.


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Step 2

Insert your SIM card into your new phone. You may receive a notification advising you that you have contacts or data to import. Most SIM cards will allow you to import your data and contacts by selecting "Yes." If you don't receive a notification, go to your phone's settings to find the settings for the SIM card. This will differ depending on the make and model of the cell phone.

Step 3

Notify the manufacturer or sales person if you are purchasing a new phone and want to transfer the contacts from your SIM to your new phone. Many manufacturers have software that can instantly transfer your contacts from the SIM card to your new cell phone.