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AT&T: How to migrate contacts to the iPhone

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2007

Moving contacts to iPhone

Cotinuing the influx of information from AT&T, the carrier has also explained the means of transferring contacts from other devices to the iPhone, which does not read contacts from a SIM card like other GSM devices. The most efficient and inexpensive method is to make sure the contacts are in format that can be imported by iTunes, which means that users must have a Mac, or else Microsoft's Outlook or Outlook Express. If none of these are an option, AT&T will insist that customers either manually transfer the contacts themselves, or turn to help from one of the company's storefronts.

Their solution is the Universal Memory Exchanger, or UME, which siphons the contacts from the old phone. This method is not free; the process involves a USB flash drive, which AT&T will not allow customers to provide on their own. Instead the company will sell its own flash drive, holding 512MB and costing $15.

by MacNN Staff




  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I've been

    I've been using iSync and AddressBook for years to sync my old cell phone. When my iPhone comes, I'll be good to go. Advantage of being a mac user I guess :-)

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about BlueTooth?

    Couldn't you easily transfer all contacts through bluetooth (assuming your old phone has it)? I've done exactly this between my four last phones and it is a 3-minute straightforward operation.

    I would imagine AT&T is talking about phones without BT, where you must use your desktop computer for the transfer. That might be a hassle, then.

  1. todds6776

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone and Bluetooth

    I believe that David Pogue had a FAQ about bluetooth, and he claimed the iPhone will not be able to use bluetooth for connectivity other than wireless earphones and such. The iPhone does not support wireless synchronization. The only way to get contacts on or off of an iPhone is by connecting it to iTunes through USB.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: i've been

    No, more of an advantage of having a phone that you can sync.

  1. jenjon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ota sync coming mon

    i hear that funambol will have a limited, free beta for OTA syncing of contacts on monday. i'd watch the site

  1. heatfan03

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ok well i went to the store and got my contacts put onto a flash drive how do i get this into outlook?

  1. UME fan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AT&T and Apple screwed up

    I work in an AT&T store. AT&T didn't have the foresight to make sure the UME solution (which we have in all of our stores) supported the iPhone before launch. If they did, we would be able to offer a quick transfer of contacts to anyone that wanted it. AT&T and Apple should have made sure Cellebrite (the makers of the UME) were given an iPhone a few days in advance and they could have easily developed support.

  1. latenights

    Joined: Dec 1969


    syncing contacts

    If you guys want to sync contacts just use datapilot its alot easier -

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