Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to sjs10395)
not sure, but try contacting Apple Customer services pdq as they might still be on their servers.
TBH i have deep concerns about any cloud back up, so many online services have been hacked and info destroyed and/or stolen.
i've personally had my hotmail account hacked twice and all my contacts deleted, i run a small business it could have been a disaster, but fortunately i keep an exported contacts backed up to my laptop, which in turn backs up all my computers, phones etc to my 3TB NAS drive.
i hope your lucky, advise you to start exercising a well known IT rule "don't trust anyone or any device with important data".
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 4:45 PM (in response to sjs10395)
Check your contacts on icloud.com from your computer, they are likely to still be there. Assuming they are, sign back into your iCloud account on your phone (if not already signed in), turn Contacts to On (if prompted, choose Merge). Then turn contacts back to Off again, this time choosing Keep on My iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 4:47 PM (in response to alanfromwickford)
Thanks, yeah I called Apple Customer Services and the guy said that the only thing I can do is restore my phone from my latest iTunes backup.
The screen I got when this debacle happened literally said: "What would you like to do with the previously synched iCloud contacts on your iPhone?" It's so poorly worded, I thought it was just referring to the contacts that were just put on my phone from my computer, hense the "previously synched iCloud contacts" but when I was on the phone with the guy he was saying that I misunderstood the screen.
I don't think I'm crazy, they could have worded it better and made it more clear they meant ALL contacts deleted, not just the ones synched from iCloud.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 4:53 PM (in response to sjs10395)
Correct. This will only restore the original contacts still in your iCloud account but it's better than nothing. You can try restoring to an iTunes backup but I doubt you'll recover your contacts. First create a new backup in iCloud so you can restore to that to back to where you are now if the older backup doesn't recover them.