My Mom's main computing device is now an iPad. It's been working great for several months, but I'm trying to do what I can to get her to make use of its full capabilities.

One of the things I wanted to do was help her organize her contacts. Right now she's just using a dumb phone, but it's got Bluetooth and I'd love to find a way to transfer contacts from her iPad to the phones address book. I'm pretty sure this is a no-go with the built-in iOS functionality, but are there any apps that can do this?

  • What is a Dumbphone ?
    – Simon
    Sep 1, 2013 at 16:17
  • @Simon opposite of “smartphone”, a.k.a. “feature phone”. Think traditional phone with a number pad, no apps, etc.
    – robmathers
    Sep 3, 2013 at 18:47
  • I thought it might be that but i've never heard that term before, thanks for clarifying.
    – Simon
    Sep 3, 2013 at 19:34

2 Answers 2


This is not likely to happen, as you need to mannualy accept a bluetooth data transfer, so it will not sync exactly, what you are doing is basicly sending a contact card to the phone.

Source - my Mom and her really dumbphone.


Take a look at BitPim.

It allows you to connect via USB to the filesystem of many dumb phones and extract address, calendar, etc., data therein.

  • Thanks, but I'm looking for something that only requires iOS.
    – robmathers
    Jan 7, 2013 at 21:29
  • Some carriers allow you to back up your dumb phone address book and then edit the data through a web interface. My Verizon phone years ago had this feature. Wouldn't be a true sync but it would be better than t9 data entry.
    – AllInOne
    Jan 7, 2013 at 21:40

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