First the deals, but if you have a bluetooth phone, especially one you’ve purchased just recently, be sure to read on for more tips on setting up your contact list. Walmart is currently offering a couple of bargains, if you can find them. They have the Net10 T401g, with an accessory kit, for $60. This price is NOT available online.
There is also a bundle deal featuring the Samsung T301g plus DMFL, a year of service, 200 bonus minutes, and an accessory kit for $69.88. This deal is available online, and in stores if you’re lucky enough to find it. Also, there is a rumor that in CDMA areas this same deal is available on the LG 290c but that one is NOT available online and at this point I would call it “just a rumor.”
Now, for the other tips:
After going through the comments on these phones and reading more on various forums, I’ve learned a few more things about the two new Samsung phones I’ve reviewed recently. First, on the T401g, I took the advice of some people who posted in the comments section and tried harder to access extra content on the browser. I was able to get to Facebook, Yahoo! mail, and Gmail.
I did this by using the search bar at the top of the browser homepage. I typed in the name of the site I wanted to access (i.e. “Facebook”) and clicked on the first link that came up in the search results. In each case I was able to get in to the site. I even sent an email from my Yahoo! account just to make sure it worked. Everything worked great. Others have said that you can go to sites that have a dedicated mobile portion by typing in the URL of their mobile site, such as m.facebook.com for Facebook’s mobile version.
Some people had success that way; I had better luck searching for the site name. In either case, once you’ve been to a site it will show up in your history so you can click through to it that way. I have not tried this personally with the r451c, but I’ve read that it works the same way.
The next feature I discovered is using bluetooth to transfer contacts between phones. I was able to send my entire contact list from my T401g to my r451c. I also tested with the LG 290c, 220c, and 600g, and was able to receive contacts by bluetooth on all of those phones as well. How to easily transfer contacts has been an ongoing question among people upgrading phones, and it looks like bluetooth will be a solution for those people.
With so many different phones, I can’t possibly explain exactly how to do this with each model, but I’ll explain what worked for me: I first paired my T401g with the phone I wanted to send the contacts to. Then, I went to my contacts list, chose “options,” and “send business card via…” and then “bluetooth.” After that, I could choose to send just the currently selected contact entry, all contacts, all contacts saved on the phone, or all contacts saved on the SIM. These menu options will vary among phones – on a few other phones I tested, I was able to go through my contact list and check a box next to each entry I wanted to transfer. And on the EM326g and 600g, I could only send contacts one-by-one, but it was still better than entering them by hand.
The phones send the contact list as .vcf files, which might also be referred to as a vCard file or “business card.” If you are having trouble finding the correct menu option on your particular phone, you may want to look for one of those.
This is also interesting because .vcf is a pretty universal standard for contact info. This opens the door for some interesting possibilities of transferring contacts by computer. For example, I like to keep my master contacts list in my Yahoo email account. I was able to download all those contacts in a single batch, with the batch zip file containing a separate vcf file for each contact. I then sent a few of those contacts, one at a time, from my computer to my T401g. It may take some tinkering, but I think this should be possible with most phones that accept “push” bluetooth services, including the t401g, r451c, 290c, 220c, 600g, and possibly the EM326g.
Even if your old phone doesn’t have bluetooth, I think this should work if you have another way to get the contacts list to your computer (such as with a sim card reader). You could then convert that list to vcf format, then send it over to your phone. Even if you have to do some typing on your computer keyboard, for example by manually entering your contacts from your old phone into outlook or an online email service, it should be easier than manually entering your entire list into your phone.
I hope this is helpful to some of you as you upgrade phones. Like I said above, I can’t provide support on how to do this with specific models, but hopefully this is enough information to give you an idea of what’s possible and get you started in the right direction. If you have success transferring files this way, please do share your experience in the comments section of this post (including the “transferred from” and “transferred to” devices).
Finally, before I go I wanted to point out a comment made by “Billy Zimmerman” regarding how he was successful with syncing contacts on his from his new Straight Talk Razr V3a: