Mobile Phone Contact List Portability, Lack Thereof

I just finished re-typing my (admittedly limited) list of contacts, merging the lists from my ancient Virgin Mobile Nokia Shorty and my new-but-defunct Kyocera Marbl into the replacement Marbl.

These things should be able to bag up their internal representation of my Contacts into some standard interchange format, place that file somewhere, download such a file, and poof be up and running.

If Virgin wants me to keep buying phones, why do they make it such a pain to start up a new one? Come to think of it, I know why: they don’t make any money on the phones, so they must maximize the phone’s lifetime, while simultaneously touting new features to entice new customers.

I’m still grumpy from driving too much, even after a mid-morning nap.