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Retrieving old contacts and text messages from SIM card

by doomspider / September 25, 2012 5:52 PM PDT

Is it possible, through your cell phone provider, to retrieve old contacts and text messages that were once on a SIM card? I had always thought that they might have a index of sorts, showing whom you've added as a contact and whom you've texted. Does that exist?

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Re: old contacts
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 25, 2012 6:08 PM PDT

Your phone service provider (say, AT&T or Sprint) doesn't know the contacts you put in your phone. Just like they don't know what music and pictures you put on it. They only know what you send and receive, and there are limits to what they keep of that (for privacy reasons).


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not too familiar with SIM cards
by jonah jones / September 25, 2012 6:14 PM PDT

but as it's basically a "storage unit", maybe connect the phone
to your PC/laptop and try to browse to the file/s you need?



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a google link that may help
by jonah jones / September 25, 2012 6:41 PM PDT
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Which to choose from
by doomspider / September 27, 2012 1:46 PM PDT

Which one would you recommend there?

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The quick method....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 25, 2012 10:12 PM PDT

to remove information on an old SIM that you will not be using any longer is to cut it up and throw it away. You can delete contacts/data stored in your phone by deleting it using the phone setup menu.

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sim card recovery
by CK2014 / January 20, 2014 11:52 PM PST

hi doomspider or whoever is reading this new, i'm sorry to say, but NO, the cell phone providers don't store your data.

i know it's an old topic, and i don't think it matters to 99,99% of people...but here we go:

The only way to get your lost messages from SIM card, is a software like this:

i didn't need my contacts (don't know if it even recovers contacts), but i did get my messages back! so can give it a try, if that helps.


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Yes, they do, but...
by Pepe7 / January 21, 2014 1:02 AM PST
In reply to: sim card recovery
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