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When I transferred my SIM to my new phone I also transferred all my contacts via bluetooth as V-cards.

For some reason, after restarting my phone after a software update, it lost all the phone numbers I had transferred. I went to the Bluetooth received files folder, and the list of all the V-cards was still there, but when I clicked on any one of them it said they didn't exist.

Foolishly I no longer have the contacts in my old phone. I thought they would be safe after a successful transfer.

Having googled, it seems a hell of a lot of people have problems with the HTC Desire randomly deleting phone numbers from contacts for no apparent reason.

This, and having to charge it twice a day even after calibrating the battery, the lack of a decent podcast app, the horrendously bad mono speaker, the inability to set different tones for different notifications and the inability to delete pointless apps that came with the phone and stop them from running in the background and eating up precious resources (seriously, who wants shares constantly checked? Sure, some people do, but EVERYBODY who buys the phone? And you can't disable the inbuilt twitter app after installing a replacement. And what the fuck IS Footprints? I wouldn't mind them being there if they didn't all automatically start up and run and could be disabled...) is making me seriously regret getting this phone.

Why didn't I play safe and get the N8?

Anyway, the point of this post is that if you don't have your phone number stored on your facebook profile, and/or you're not on my facebook friends list, I no longer have your phone number. Sorry. Yes, this includes my mum.

ETA: because this seems to be causing some confusion, SIM storage was not used at any point. transferring the SIM and transferring the numbers via bluetooth were two seperate actions. Also, yes, it claimed to have backed up my contacts to google, but clearly it was lying.

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Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Didn't it back up all of your contacts to google? Or do you have to explictly tell it to do so?

In any case, horribly frustrating/annoying.

Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trialia
I hate to say it, but even with my issues with Android 2.2, sounds like I was better off getting the HTC Legend than the Desire. With mine I can change the ringtones for notifications no problem, and it only needs charging once a day if I'm not online on it all day - this tends to be a problem with most smartphones though, that they use a lot of battery power.

One thing, though: even when I get a new phone, I never delete my contacts from the old one unless I'm planning to sell it. Just in case.

Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
unless I'm planning to sell it

Bingo. Can walk to Sainsburys right now and get £70 for it. Or can give it to a friend who's been an incredibly good help over the last few months and needs a phone that works reliably.

Seriously, we can see the contacts files there on teh phone, but they won't read as anything at all. I'll be sending her stuff from mine, but that's not a huge overlap :-(

Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Have texted you, so i assume that means you have my number.

Date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoniedelt
I dont think you'll be far wrong with the N8. A hint, though. go into settings -> connectivity -> settings and set data use in home Network to ALWAYS ASK, and turn the switch to wlan to MANUAL, and Data Use when roaming to ALWAYS ASK.

and give it a few recharge/discharge cycles, try running it flat if you can a few times. that will set the battery up pretty well.

i get about 30 hours out of mine between charges with normal regular use. Heavy use, its a 24 hour nightly charge. thats about what most people get.

if you want a list of the best programs to get, shout. the ovi store offers a lot of nice ones but http://forum.dailymobile.se/index.php?board=85.0 has a pretty good forum going, keepss you abreast of all the updates (which i recommend you entirely update the software and try the FOTA too - it wont be ready yet i dont tihnk but its worth trying) and some homecooked software and mods too. Nothing on that site is illegal/cracked so that's good news.

Good luck! i dont regret it one jot, coming from the 5800, though i miss the 5800's removable battery, stylus, and green/red buttons. I ♥ the n8's camera though. utterly.

Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
My contact details are in this LJ post.

Battery issues

Date: Saturday, January 8th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tommybblog.blogspot.com
I'm loving my Wildfire so far, and my friend/colleague who was playing with it in the pub last night is tempted to go for it's older brother, the Desire on his contract renewal in a month.

I've found the change from the Nokia interface and style to be taking a bit of getting used to, but it's not crashing every 10 minutes so it seems worth the effort so far. In fact, the only thing I'm not too happy about is the battery life, but I've found an app via the Android store called Advanced Task Killer Free. Once you manage to make sense of the slightly convoluted settings, it automatically closes everything that's running in the background (apart from those apps you've put in Task Killer's 'ignore' list) when your screen blanks. I only installed it last night, but it seems to have done something for the battery life. I'll be able to comment better after another day at work which really tests a mobile's battery due to being in a weak-to-no signal area. There's also 'airplane' mode for when you can't/don't want to be contacted- in the cinema or, in my case, at work (that fulfills both conditions!) This turns off all wireless communication devices within the phone which therefore saves a bit of battery life, and is fairly easy to activate and deactivate.

Task Killer has also solved the issue of the in-built social networking apps- I've downloaded and installed the official Facebook & Twitter apps and 'ignored' them within Task Killer. Now if 'peep' opens up it will be killed next time my screen blanks itself.

There are also widgets I have found which enable you to easily turn off individual wireless types when you're not using them- I'm not allowed the wireless key for the network at work, for example, but my phone still spends battery juice on detecting it, so I will also try turning off my Wildfire's WiFi adapter while I'm at work and see what effect it has. I've been told that other people have found their battery life to have been doubled and sometimes tripled depending on circumstances using this feature alone.

As for the contacts issue, I'm not sure about that one. I did read about some users new to Android/HTC having issues with the initial sync between their phone and Google contacts. My contacts were all already in Google contacts (I synced my Nokia with it too), so the sync went the other way for me; maybe there aren't so many issues this way round.

Re: Battery issues

Date: Saturday, January 8th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tommybblog.blogspot.com
Crikey, you weren't joking when you said you'd written a grumpy reply!

'pologies if it came across as mansplaining, but I really was only outlining what I've tried so far. There was nowt smug about it and It's not my fault you've bought a phone that you don't get on with :-p. I have no idea what you've tried so there's a chance that something I have tried might not have been on the list of stuff you've tried. If not, never mind.

For info, the following is just an idea of things I've managed to achieve today, and not in any way a 'mansplanation'. Feel free to read or not as you wish.

I've managed to demote ATK from my main app-closer to a safety net; haven't heard a peep out of peep for a few hours now- it's not running according to Android's "running services" menu, and that's with ATK disabled. The same thing's true for other core apps that I don't want to use except Mail. I'll try it this week on different days with and without ATK supporting to see if it appears to make a difference either way. I haven't had a problem setting individual notification tones for relevant apps and for phone calls and SMSes but I haven't tried setting an mp3 or other sound file in place of the included ones.

I'm glad to be rid of my Nokia. It was monumentally buggy and frustrating which is why I opted to pay the early upgrade fee and replace it, but I'm assuming that my change to the Wildfire is a bigger step up than your change to the Desire which may explain our differing experiences.

In the interest of playing devil's advocate, I had a less dramatic but nevertheless similar issue with my contacts syncing (or not) to google, but with my Nokia. It makes me wonder if it's not necessarily an issue at the handset end.

Re: Battery issues

Date: Sunday, January 9th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tommybblog.blogspot.com
O.k, just tried it: All apps -> Music. Navigate to your song (seems that it must be in the main 'album covers' view). Menu -> set as ringtone.

I don't really understand why you need to use a different route to get to it, though.

I've set a different tone for emails, texts and tweets in the settings for the individual apps that I'm using for them.

It does seem that there are some contrived paths you have to wander to get it set up a sensible way. I think the Nokia settings system is a bit more user-friendly due to it all being in the same place. The Android system seems a lot more spread out with each application having its own distinct settings, which is infinitely more confusing. There's one important thing that my Nokia did out of the box that my Wildfire didn't, though: Crash a lot, restart itself far too often for no apparent reason, and forget what the keypad was supposed to do!

Re: Battery issues

Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
I do actually get crash/reboot problems with my 5800 BTW, but I've been fairly sure for some time that it's got more than a few problems that probably aren't Nokia's fault.

Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nwhyte
Just caught up with this sad story. I stupidly bought a HTC Desire from a shop that wouldn't take it back, and have been living with the consequences for the last four months. Like you I have been having huge problems with its management of contacts - not as catastrophic as yours but equally indicative of its crapness. (By the way I use Plaxo to back up my contacts online, though it's not popular with everyone.)

The killer came at 4 this morning when the bugger woke me demanding to be fed. One you have to keep your mobile phone plugged in at all times, it is no longer mobile.

Will be interested to hear how the replacement works.

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