Is there an app to send a contact as a Vcard?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. I have discovered there seems to be no way to load iPhone 5 contact
    information into a Porsche CDR30 handsfree system. The CDR30 can
    download Vcards if the phone has a way to create them. I cannot see
    that the iPhone can do this, although Contacts on the MBP can!

    There are a number of apps in the App Store that deal with Vcards but
    none seem designed for this particular application.
    Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014
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  2. Robert Peirce

    Guest Guest

    it says it's compatible with iphones. did you pair it?
    that shouldn't matter.
    Guest, Jul 20, 2014
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  3. For your reference, records indicate that
    Contacts for iOS 7 has a Share Contact button added at the end of a contact’s
    info that will export a VCARD as at least an email attachment. If that’s not
    good enough to pass the info along, contact the Porsche people and ask them to
    support the product you paid for. I assume you’ve already gone through:

    Darrin Doc O'Leary, Jul 20, 2014
  4. Yes. That's not the issue. I can use the phone with no problem. I
    just can't transfer any of my contacts to it.
    I'm not sure why. Most of these apps seem to rely on mail or phone
    calls or something like that to send the vCard. I need something that
    will transfer it with bluetooth. Do any do that?
    Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014
  5. From all I have read that won't work. It has to be sent via bluetooth
    as other phones seem to be able to do, my old LG cell phone for example.

    If that’s not
    The reason I know I have a problem is others have been trying to do this
    since about 2009 and it has appeared on the forums. Porsche knows about
    it and either won't or can't do anything. Their device only accepts
    vCards and the iPhone can't send them.

    The only solution I saw suggested was to find an app that would allow
    the iPhone to create and send a vCard.

    I assume you’ve already gone through: Yes, on the Porsche site.
    Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014
  6. Robert Peirce

    Zaidy036 Guest

    Google: Porsche CDR30 handsfree

    gives lots of info including a discussion on

    Also a PDF of info from Porsche
    Zaidy036, Jul 20, 2014
  7. Robert Peirce

    Guest Guest

    the link i found says contacts can be transferred.

    all iphones support phone book access profile (pbap):

    the problem is on the car's end.
    an app should not be needed. iphones support pbap.
    Guest, Jul 20, 2014
  8. I have researched this over many forums. Handsfree isn't the issue.
    The phone is paired and I can use it. However, to get Contacts into the
    radio I have to get them in vCard form and send them over the bluetooth
    link. A stock iPhone can't do that.
    Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014
  9. But I don't think Porsche does. It wants a vCard. Checking the vCard
    apps in the App Store, I noticed that several people were also trying to
    send vCards to their Mercedes Benz, without success, so Porsche is not

    I should also note that my old LG cell phone, and a number of other
    phones, have built-in support to send vCards.

    Apparently, pbap is the latest thing, or a later thing, but it would be
    nice if the iphone was backward compatible. OS X also seems to be in
    this category. Older versions would pair with the Porsche radio
    allowing vCards to be created from Contacts and sent to the radio.
    Later releases won't pair.
    Robert Peirce, Jul 20, 2014
  10. Robert Peirce

    Guest Guest

    iphones support pbap which is the relevant profile.

    pbap has been around for years and all iphones have it.
    Guest, Jul 20, 2014
  11. Apparently, so does Porsche PCM but not the Porsche CDR30.

    The CDR30 needs to get vCards sent via bluetooth to populate its
    Contacts list. I'm not even sure that is a profile or what profile it
    might be. On top of that, none of the vCard apps in the App Store seem
    to support that feature. They all use email or phone calls.

    I have vCard info from Contacts on my MBP. I would just like to get it
    into my iPhone and "send" it to the CDR30 but I have no idea how to do that.
    Robert Peirce, Jul 21, 2014
  12. Have you tried AirDrop?
    Michelle Steiner, Jul 21, 2014
  13. Robert Peirce

    Lewis Guest

    The answer is "won't" and the problem is Porsche's problem.
    The iPhone CAN send vCards, I do it all the time. The problem is that
    Porsche will only accept vCards over bluetooth, which is asinine in 2014.
    the Contacts app on every iPhone can create and send vCards.
    Lewis, Jul 21, 2014
  14. Robert Peirce

    Guest Guest

    the cdr30 link says it works with iphones which must mean it supports
    you don't need an app.
    call porsche.
    Guest, Jul 21, 2014
  15. Robert Peirce

    Guest Guest

    vcards are small and there's nothing wrong with sending them over
    bluetooth is fine. it's a common standard.
    Guest, Jul 21, 2014
  16. Robert Peirce

    Davoud Guest

    Robert Peirce:
    Sounds serious, as First-World problems go. Looks like you'll have to
    dial manually as you drive around in your Porsche talking on your
    iPhone. Taking your eyes off the road for 30 seconds to bring up
    Contacts or the keypad, what could possibly go wrong? Focusing on a
    phone call instead of your driving, what could possibly go wrong? I
    feel your anguish.
    Davoud, Jul 21, 2014
  17. Robert Peirce

    Zaidy036 Guest

    Not sure if this would help but GMAIL contacts can also be exported as
    Vcards. Maybe open a free GMAIL and sync contacts with iPhone and then
    use GMAIL's export?
    Zaidy036, Jul 21, 2014
  18. For your reference, records indicate that
    Indeed, the link to the PDF on their site that I gave earlier seems to go
    into great detail on how it can sync with all sorts of phones. Either
    the documentation is a lie, or something else wonky is happening.
    Yep. They sold the product, so they should be the first place to go if
    there are issues. Or Apple, if the problem can be shown to be in what
    they’re doing. All we can do here is point to ways things *should* work.
    Darrin Doc O'Leary, Jul 21, 2014
  19. For your reference, records indicate that
    Well, all I can say is that *that* PDF says it can easily get contacts from
    the iPhone:

    “CDR can automatically transfer phone book contacts from a mobile phone that supports the Phone Book Access Profile.â€
    Darrin Doc O'Leary, Jul 21, 2014
  20. Robert Peirce

    Savageduck Guest

    I have a Mercedes and all that needs to be done is follow the steps.
    Pair the iPhone and the car system.
    Tap on the BT connection info: In my case "MB Bluetooth"
    There you can have "Sync Contact" on or off.

    Then in the MB system menu for the phone you can select import contacts
    and you get options for import from paired phone, vCards on CD/DVD, or
    CF card. The Mercedes has a neat PCMCIA adaptor slot right in the
    middle of the dash console.
    It will not take vCards directly from the iPhone. Well at least not
    from my iP5S.
    Savageduck, Jul 21, 2014
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