Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 4:36 AM (in response to pumpir1)
Outlook includes an option to export contacts as vCard files. You can email all contacts to yourself as separate vCard attachments. When received with the Mail.app on your Mac, save the attached files to a folder for import by the Address Book. Make the changes you want with the Address Book on your Mac followed by a sync. No need to export as .csv, import by Excel to make changes, save as .csv and then change the encoding of the .csv file to UTF-8 for import by the AB. This sounds so horribly upside down and backwards that is Windows and is not necessary.
There is an option under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes to replace contacts on the iPhone with what is available in the Address Book. After importing the contacts from Outlook as vCards and making whatever changes to the contacts in the Address Book, back up your Address Book. At the AB menu bar go to File > Export and select Address Book Archive.
Follow this by selecting replace contacts on your iPhone with what is available in the AB on your Mac under the Info tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to Allan Sampson)
Thanks for quick response, but I cannot imagine to export more than 1.000 contacts as vCard files. In Outlook it is possible to select all contacts and choose "Forward Items". Processing 1.000 attachments is a terrible option. I have no idea about some other option, how to export vCards from Outlook.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to pumpir1)
Why not, and why is it a terrible option.
Anything is a significantly better option than the archaic method you did to get the contacts imported in the Address Book.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 12:55 AM (in response to Allan Sampson)
OK, I can do it in this way, but still have no idea, how to delete all contacts from iPhone at once. I was reading about an option with iTunes, but it does not work for me. I think the reason is, that contacts encoding in iPhone is messed-up and sync process is not able to work with messed-up contacts ....
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2012 12:59 AM (in response to Allan Sampson)
OK, I made another attemt to find out, what is the problem. Contacts in MacBook Addresssbook are fine, does not matter, if imported via csv file or via vCards (I tried both with the same result). It looks the problem is, that iTunes are sending contacts to iPhone not only from the AddressBook, but from some other source. My suspicion is, that there are some contacts in Outlook 2011, which is installed as a part of Office 2011 in this MacBook and originally one account was created there.
When I delete some "bad" contacts from iPhone manually and run sync via iTunes, these "bad" contacts are back, although there are no such records in Addressbook (taken probably from Outlook???).
Is there some way, how to find out detail iTunes sync information? (which sources is using etc.)
I tried to delete contacts database from Outlook 2011, but it did not help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2012 3:49 AM (in response to pumpir1)
Try resetting the sync history.