Forwarding Contacts via iPhone

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On iPhone, why can't I forward a contact record as an email or a text? I have this issue weekly. Someone asks me "what was the name of your dentist/lawyer/plumber/accountant/hair stylist/breeder again? I have to open my address book, take out a pen, write the info down and email or text it from my phone rather than clicking on a contact and clicking a button that says something like "email contact info" or "SMS contact to..." etc.
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Posted 7 years ago

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I agree this feature to forward a contact would be very useful.
However, in the meantime , here's a workaround I use which is slightly easier than writing things out by hand. Though it relies on email not SMS.
-go to the contact details and select the contact so that the details take up the full screen.
- use the iPhone screen capture facility (press home button with power button) to automatically capture the details to your photo roll as a JPEG
- enter the photos application and then you can email the picture you just took of the contact details page to your friend (by tapping on the picture to bring up the email photo dialogue)
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awesome work around! thanks for the tip. apple needs to figure out a way to make this iphone work like every other basic phone in the world or it's going to lose business people who need these functions to conduct business everyday. it's the coolest device i've ever seen, but i've been paralized by it's lack of basic features like cut and paste. i really love the phone and i hope they figure out a way to get these features or i'll have to go back to blackberry
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yes
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I am amazed that iphone does not support texting contacts. It's something that even the most basic phones have been able to do for years.
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In the same way, the iPhone could send your personal card to someone else. When we meet someone, have a talk, and the "gimme your phone number" goes out. Gasp ! "Do you have a pen?"...
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Perhaps one of these might help? I just bought vCardMailer, Email Contact and Send Contact to check them out. I'll come back and let you know how it went.
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There are workarounds, but what we ARE waiting for is someone from Apple acknowledging the problem and saying they're working on it. Yeah I know, not going to happen.
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This isn't really an official Apple support forum. It's more of a community effort with 14 Apple employees (of various levels in the company) that stop by every now and then, so you probably won't get any acknowledgement from Apple here.
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Yes James, I know. That's part of the problem. Apple has official support forums but ultimately, they are no more than user communities with little to no feedback from Apple. The fact that we end up coming here to vent our frustration speaks volumes about their official support. This is more of a rant than any actual hope that they might take a hint and talk to their customers.
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So in the iPhone software update release in mid-2009 you scroll down to the bottom of anyone's Contacts's information and send choose Share Contact. You then choose whether to send as an MMS or e-mail. When you or your friend get the email on an iPhone and click on the .vcf attachment, it asks if you wish to create a new contact or add to an existing contact. On a Mac, receiving the message in Mail gives you the similar opportunity to click and save to the Mac Address Book.
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Yes, this and other issues were finally fixed in the 3.0 release.
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How about the other way around? Today I tried to send a contact from my Nokia phone to my wifes iPhone 3GS, as a text message. Tried a couple of times, but the text messages never arrived on her phone.
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Thanks for the confirmation. I was trying to do this yesterday and had not scrolled down to the bottom of the Contact to see the Share Contact option. So this string came up as the first Google search and essentially said you can't easily do it. Now the reader will see how you can!

The suggestion of screen capturing the image has some advantages, for archival purposes, and for export to someone without the easy ability to open attachments, although you can't re-import.
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Are you all joking? Am I missing something. To forward a contact simply go to the contact that you want to share, scroll to the bottom and click SHARE CONTACT. You can text this to anyone you like now.
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Here is my question: Can all phones read a .vcf? If not, this option isn't as useful as being plain text as you can't be sure it is received. However, if ALL phones can process the information...
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Just tested it with a non-smart phone (dumb phone? :) ) and they couldn't open the .vcf file. So to me, that option is really not an option.
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The Share Contact option in the iPhone sends the contact through MMS or e-mail (which is not so great if the person you are sending it to doesn't have MMS or e-mail on their phone).

If you want to send a contact number via SMS, you need to get an app like SMS Contact Sender (http://itunes.com/apps/smscontactsender).
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I must be missing something but this does not work ... it only asks for email addresses and does not allow the use of phone numbers
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@joedebrincat your device brings up the e-mail composer when you hit share contact because you don't have MMS enabled
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I'm using ForwardContact. Look for this app in the AppStore.
It is a pretty basic app, but it works nicely sending the contact info via SMS or email.
Hope this help.