Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 12:51 PM (in response to ken holt)
Thanks for visiting Apple Support Communities.
I'd recommend using iCloud to sync contacts between your devices. You can also use iCloud to back up your contacts for safekeeping.
See this article for the steps to set up iCloud on your iPad and then your new iPhone:
iCloud: Set up iCloud on your devices
This article has information on backing up data to iCloud:
iOS: How to back up and restore your content
All the best,