More than half phone users are terrified of losing their contacts, a study finds
1. downphoenix (Posts: 2881; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
and many of these people are either too misinformed or dumb to actually back up contacts. I get calls daily from Android users that have failed to setup gmail sync so when their phone does a hard reset the contacts are just completely gone. Also its always good to have a hard copy on hand and a local copy on your PC just in case.
4. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
Using the Gmail/Google sync is very easy to use, and it makes getting your contacts back on your phone an effortless process, especially if you change ROMs a lot, or even change smartphones a lot. I have my Google contacts synced on my Android phone, my iPod touch, and even on my old Windows 6.1 phone.
6. odemata (unregistered)
Not ever one is technically inclined so to call them dumb is kind of arrogant on your part. Secondly using the Gmail contact sync is not fail safe for instance it has been my own experience when swapping phones that not all of my contacts are transitioned over seamlessly. This is also a problematic with applications that are have not been paid for, however the options for back are numerous for android owners which makes it a gem nonetheless to use. Picking which one it the best takes trial and error and that goes for any backing up solution whether mobile or desktop.
9. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
Very true. It's always heartbreaking when I help customers and their Gmail account didn't back up their contacts...
BackupAssistant on Verizon can be troublesome as well..
11. stealthd (Posts: 1067; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I'd love hear you explain to your grandmother that's she's an idiot for not knowing how to back up contacts from a cell phone.
If you start out by generalizing the intelligence of millions of people, chances are you don't know what you're talking about.
12. NeXoS (Posts: 286; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Wait, my phone syncs up with my Gmail. Actually, I find it easy to categorize my contacts on my Gmail and have it sync to my phone. I don't get what people are worried about?
I load new ROMS all the time and all I gotta do is log into my Gmail and it brings them all back.
2. gregw93 (unregistered)
is this article a joke? common sense bro.. and you get paid to write these articles? smh
3. stealthd (Posts: 1067; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
55% of users are worried about losing their contacts, but only about 1/3 of cell phone users are using smartphones (or maybe it was 1/3 of Americans, can't remember which). Regardless, if more people had smartphones this wouldn't be a problem.
5. joe567 (unregistered)
ppl are afraid to lose unlimited data/minutes...duh
7. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Any one who uses a computer knows to back up your inforamtion haha and then back that up again. Good picture too haha
8. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Arent we concern more about the entire phone than just its contacts?
14. prestonsmalley (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
Thanks Victor for covering our study. Regarding some of the comments here, for many mobile phone users it is still really hard to backup your contacts. It often involves cabling the phone to your computer and spending an hour or so syncing and updating the software on--pretty time consuming.
Given the lack of good options out there and the fact that as our study shows it is such a hassle to replace a lost address book, we've created mobile tools that make it easier to sync over-the-air in minutes (instead of hours).
Check out Plaxo's mobile apps for iPhone, Blackberry and more goto http://www.plaxo.com/mobile . If you'd like to know more about our mobile trends study mentioned in this article goto http://www.plaxo.com/mobiletre
15. Walsh (unregistered)
One fail safe option that I have found is to visit your nearby RadioShack store. Purchase a flash drive and they will back up your contacts with cellbrite.