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Is there any way to transfer data from old phone's sim card to iPhone 4?

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I recently got the new iPhone 4 but it doesn't have my contacts and old text messages etc. I previously had the iPhone 3gs. When I upgraded my iphone 3gs to iphone 4 they gave me a new sim card but it was basically a replica of my old sim card (eg.same number).
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Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes and iOS.
Step 2: Connect your current iPhone 3GS to iTunes and sync it. Verify that your original iPhone is backed up.
Step 3: Connect your new iPhone 4 to iTunes (on the same computer you used to back up your current iPhone 3GS).
Step 4: iTunes will ask you if you want to restore from a backup or set up your new iPhone as a new phone. When prompted, select the backup of your current iPhone. If iTunes does not prompt you to select a backup to restore when you connect your new iPhone, use iTunes to restore iOS on your new iPhone and try this step again.
Note: During the process of restoring your old backup to a new iPhone, you may see the iTunes progress bar pause. If this occurs, please allow for additional time for the upgrade to complete.
Step 5: After iTunes finishes restoring the backup you selected to your new iPhone, the iPhone will restart.
Step 6: When your new iPhone appears again in the iTunes window, select it.
Step 7: Click the tabs (Info, Music, Photos, and so on) and verify or change the items you want to sync.
Step 8: Click Apply to sync your new iPhone 4 with iTunes.
Step 9: Verify that your saved SMS messages are present on your new iPhone.
Note: If saved SMS messages are not present on your new iPhone, then restore-from-backup may not have been successful. In that case, verify your current iPhone is properly backed up (see step 3), then use iTunes to restore iOS on your new iPhone and continue following these instructions at step 4.
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Well, I know on the 3gs, you just go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calanders and scroll down to "Import SIM Contacts".
The iPhone 4 does not have this?

I do not know of a way to save contacts to the SIM on either phone though.
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some radioshacks have the data transfer deal, it does that
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You can do with your itunes for it you have to put them on your itunes.iTunes will backup everything on the iPhone.
In iTunes, with the iPhone selected on the left, click the Info tab and make sure Contact syncing is enabled.
Besides,there is a article about How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iTunes, which can help you transfer data from iPhone.
Good Luck.
Edited by yumy - 9/2/11 at 6:51am
post #6 of 8
The iPhone can't actually read messages from the SIM card, you need to back it up to your machine and set the iPhone 4 up with the 3GS backup
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iOS does allow importing of contacts from a SIM card (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM Contacts), but iOS does not store contacts on a SIM card, so if you upgrade from one iPhone to another, there is nothing to import from the SIM card, because there is nothing stored on it to begin with. The correct way to transfer data from one iPhone to another is via iTunes backup/restore.

But you can follow this step by step guide about How to transfer SMS and Contacts from iPhone to PC, including all files such as SMS,Contacts,Music,Photo and video etc.
For Mac:How to transfer iPhone files to Mac
For PC:How to transfer SMS and Contacts from iPhone to PC
It's easy to understand and works pretty well for my iPhone.
Edited by gonner - 12/20/12 at 10:48pm
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Originally Posted by bee505r View Post

I recently got the new iPhone 4 but it doesn't have my contacts and old text messages etc. I previously had the iPhone 3gs. When I upgraded my iphone 3gs to iphone 4 they gave me a new sim card but it was basically a replica of my old sim card (eg.same number).

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Originally Posted by gonner View Post

iOS does allow importing of contacts from a SIM card (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM Contacts), but iOS does not store contacts on a SIM card, so if you upgrade from one iPhone to another, there is nothing to import from the SIM card, because there is nothing stored on it to begin with. The correct way to transfer data from one iPhone to another is via iTunes backup/restore.
But you can follow this step by step guide about How to transfer SMS and Contacts from iPhone to PC, including all files such as SMS,Contacts,Music,Photo and video etc.
For Mac:How to transfer iPhone files to Mac
For PC:How to transfer SMS and Contacts from iPhone to PC
It's easy to understand and works pretty well for my iPhone.
Dude... this thread is more than a year old lol
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