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  1. BurnCK

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    Does anybody know how I can get rid of the hyphens that keep getting added to my contacts when I import a Vcard ?

    I noticed that when I exported my contact numbers they went from displaying as 07777123456 to 077-77-123456.

    This is not a format i'm used to so I opened the Vcard and used a text editor to remove all the hyphens and replace them with nothing. Saved the Vcard and imported it, but it's put all the hyphens back in place !!! Arrrggh !! :mad:

    Is there anyway to change this without manually editing each contact ? I'm running GV 1.6, if that makes any difference.
     

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    These are phone contacts? I know how 5to with google contacts but not sure about phone contacts
     
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    Yes it's phone contacts. Thought it was just the export that had added them at first, but the import does too.
     
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    If you import them as google contacts, you can export via gmail to CSV and remove the - then reimport to gmail. But I assume your contacts aren't google contacts for a reason.
     
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    No real reason, I've just never used google contacts. In fact, I don't use my google account at all....apart from accessing the market.
     
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    oh ok.

    Well you can try that then, and then everytime you wipe to install a new rom, once signed in all your contacts will download automatically too.

    -Settings>applications>Manage applications>Contacts storage (Clear data)
    -Contacts>menu>import from SD (Choose your gmail account)
    -Let it sync
    -Log into gmail on a computer with MS excel on it (or maybe Open office will do)
    -Export contacts to CSV
    -Edit it accordingly
    -Delete these contacts in Gmail (you can just tick them all)
    -Re-import the CSV to gmail.
    -Let it sync to phone.
     
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    Thanks, it was slightly easier than that though as I already had an edited Vcard. I just cleared my contacts, logged into Google Contacts on my PC and then uploaded my edited Vcard. This then synced to my phone without the hyphens.....result !!
     
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    Ah thats good then
     
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