I have a few questions for you? Prior to your upgrade to Apex did you do a nandroid backup? If you did then what I suggest is doing a restore then you should have all your contacts back. Then I would setup an account on Google. I have tried the Verizon route in the past with only heart ache. With Google it keeps a running real time backup and works great! Then do the Apex upgrade. Now my second question is why do you want to use Apex 1.3.1 when 1.4.1 is out and it is much better than 1.3.1? Now with adding goodies and other features in Apex you would need to reboot your phone and then the added features should work. Also in 1.4.1 most of this is built in on the apextoolbox feature. I think you will like it.