Sunday, July 22, 2007

AT&T wireless Motorola RAZR V3xx import contact list

Of the several million people who have purchased this phone, I may have been one of the few that wanted to import a Comma Separated Value (CSV) contact list into my Motorola RAZR V3xx cellular phone? Before handing over my Blackberry Pearl to my former company I had exported my contacts for importing once I got another mobile phone. A practical solution, right? After all who wants to re-enter 75 contacts through a mobile phone's interface?

This address book import turned out to be a little more challenging than it should have been. First off, Motorola provides an application to do all variety of communication to ones phone, for a price ($40). I've already paid for the phone and this didn't seem practical/economical for a single use.

Not my solutions
Hence I wandered the internet in search of an open-source solution. After stumbling across KMobilePhoneTools (linux), P2KTools (Windows), and P2K Commander (Windows). I found that I had spent a number of hours discovering the following tidbits:

  • Put your Motorola RAZR V3XX Phone into DATA Mode while talking over USB for KMobilePhoneTools. Main Menu - > Settings -> Connection -> USB settings -> Default connection
  • Get the driver download (single install) from (you'll need to register) rather than attempt all the varieties of drivers provided on the Motorola Modding sites. They worked immediately rather than sitting around and tweaking like I ended up with the other way. This is for P2KTools and P2K Commander (Windows).
  • Neither of these three tools provided an easy way to upload my contacts. Maybe it is there and I missed it, but I looked around and these tools were developed for a different purposes.
The solution? Use the Mac and the built in OS X Tiger's iSync.

Sadly I didn't try this right away with my Mac book Pro (OS X): use iSync. Unfortunately the connection to the Motorola RAZR V3xx phone isn't built in yet, but there is a forum that appears to develop the plugins for the phones rather rapidly. the link to the RAZR V3xx plugin:

Once I installed this plugin for iSync, I could sync the phone's contact list with the built in address book for the MAC. This address book of course has an import functionality. I imported my CSV and hit sync and within 20 minutes from start to finish I had my old contacts imported. However, I will not get back the minutes I spent trying to attempt this on Linux/Windows :(.

Just hoping to save you time...

Happy iSyncing.

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fondfire said...

Ever try the 'moto4lin' program? I don't have access to a good Mac and would like to do this in Linux.

Anonymous said...

use kaddressbook + gnokii.
gnokii needs ~/.gnokiirc file. if this is not there, copy it from /etc/gnokiirc.
then use your favourite editor (vi, kate, gedit, ....) to set the port in .gnokiirc to the /dev/foo where dmesg tells you that your phone is located (likely /dev/ttyACM0). and set the mode to AT if your phone is not nokia. see:

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

Any chance you're 1) still updating this blog and 2) willing to post the iSync plugin? The Clocksew link doesn't work any more and that blog doesn't seem to have been updated in almost a year.

Paul Cooley said...

I am pretty busy these days with life, but I am watching.

I am willing to provide you with the binary I had downloaded back in the day.

Please leave me some contact info and I can email it to you.

Andrew said...

Awesome, I'd really appreciate that. Maybe if you have time also with a mini how to on what I need to do with the file? I get operating iSync and all that, just where exactly I'm supposed to plop this thing. Thanks a million!

e-mail address is


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