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Import Contacts to Kin TwoM [Tutorial]

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By tjacoby2006, Junior Member on 1st November 2011, 03:42 AM
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Ok, so I have had this phone for about a month now and was far too lazy to add my 270 contacts to my phone by hand, so I developed a webpage to convert the contacts from a Backup Assistant CSV to a Kin compatible XML file. This will NOT work with an Office CSV file (maybe in the future, we will see).

Ok so here is how it works. First, log in to your "My Verizon" account on http://verizonwireless.com/



Click "Select All" (1), then in the "Actions" dropdown, select "Export Contacts" (2)



Click "Ok"



Save the csv file it sends you. Now, go to my website http://www.craigslistcounter.net/KinContacts.aspx and select your file in the upload section, then click upload. Save the Cellebrite XML file it sends you back.

Now, use johnkussack's most excellent KINO application to upload the Cellebrite XML to the root of your phone (instructions for setup there).

Restart your phone.

From the phone app, hit ##77647266488 and press call. Enter 000000 in the code box. Go to the "Contacts" menu at the bottom, and click "Import Contacts".

All of your contacts should import. 270 took me a few seconds. If it is taking too long you probably didn't restart after uploading the file to your phone (tisk tisk), so just shut it down and turn it back on.
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2nd November 2011, 11:35 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by tjacoby2006

Ok, so I have had this phone for about a month now and was far too lazy to add my 270 contacts to my phone by hand, so I developed a webpage to convert the contacts from a Backup Assistant CSV to a Kin compatible XML file. This will NOT work with an Office CSV file (maybe in the future, we will see).

Ok so here is how it works. First, log in to your "My Verizon" account on http://verizonwireless.com/



Click "Select All" (1), then in the "Actions" dropdown, select "Export Contacts" (2)



Click "Ok"



Save the csv file it sends you. Now, go to my website http://www.craigslistcounter.net/KinContacts.aspx and select your file in the upload section, then click upload. Save the Cellebrite XML file it sends you back.

Now, use johnkussack's most excellent KINO application to upload the Cellebrite XML to the root of your phone (instructions for setup there).

Restart your phone.

From the phone app, hit ##77647266488 and press call. Enter 000000 in the code box. Go to the "Contacts" menu at the bottom, and click "Import Contacts".

All of your contacts should import. 270 took me a few seconds. If it is taking too long you probably didn't restart after uploading the file to your phone (tisk tisk), so just shut it down and turn it back on.

Im not being rude in any way, but I think most people wouldnt want to send all of there contacts to a website....a lot of things can happen...
4th November 2011, 03:09 AM |#3  
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Can this be done with a kin ones?
7th November 2011, 06:37 PM |#4  
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Can this be done with a kin ones?

I believe the One/OneM has the same fundamental operating system as the Two/TwoM line, so it should work.
15th November 2011, 06:02 PM |#5  
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Im not being rude in any way, but I think most people wouldnt want to send all of there contacts to a website....a lot of things can happen...

Totally understandable. It is my website and the data isn't even saved anywhere for a moment (other than in memory, then it is dumped). I know that's hard to take at face value, but its truth.
26th December 2011, 07:20 PM |#6  
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Cant upload contacts
When I try to upload my contacts to convert the csv to xml I get a server error. Is there any other way to convert the file?
28th December 2011, 11:18 PM |#7  
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I can't seem to get it to work. I'm running kino as admin under windows vista, kino works fine, but the import contacts button wont seem to work, I always get a non-compliant xml error. I've tried filling in the last name field, removing the email field and funny characters, and removing the header at the top. Nothing seems to work. Any ideas or help?
31st December 2011, 02:40 PM |#8  
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I can't seem to get it to work. I'm running kino as admin under windows vista, kino works fine, but the import contacts button wont seem to work, I always get a non-compliant xml error. I've tried filling in the last name field, removing the email field and funny characters, and removing the header at the top. Nothing seems to work. Any ideas or help?

From what I remember, the Kin was very picky about the format of the file. Even if you were to export your contacts and re-import them, you would still have issues with it. If you can, try removing all but one contact, and make sure that contact only has a first and last name and phone number.

Are you trying to do this to add contacts to your phone, or back them up for restoration later?
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2nd January 2012, 08:05 PM |#9  
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Im tempted just to tinker around in the "admin" settings... Is that wrong?
5th January 2012, 11:18 PM |#10  
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well i was trying to add them. I would try it with just one, but unfortunately i ended up just entering them by hand :P, also i believe i have a Kin two, not a kin twom.
12th January 2012, 10:21 PM |#11  
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I needed to soft reset my Kin recently due to some random crashing (which I believe was caused by a long text message I was unable to delete). I wanted to backup my contacts and import them after I cleared the phone. I used the same procedure you mention here expect that I downloaded the contacts_export file created by using the "Export Contacts" button on the developer menu.

I renamed the file from "contacts_export" to "cellebrite.contacts.xml" and uploaded it to the phone. After a restart I tried using "Import Contacts" but continually got error messages about Invalid XML. I have spent a decent amount of time trying different things, but I think I have narrowed down the source of those errors (at least in my case).

Each entry must have a first and last name. If you had any contacts in the KIN without that they are exported without a <LastName> tag, and this causes errors during import.

A simple solution for this is to open the exported file and add in empty tags <LastName></LastName> after </FirstName> for any entries without a last name. The same could be done if any of your contacts didn't have a first name.

Once I did that, I was able to use JohnKussack's tool to upload "cellebrite.contacts.xml", restart, and "Import Contacts".

Just another thing to mention, all of my entries only have one number (mobile), a First/Last name (after I fixed them), and nothing else.

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