Backup Assistant should still be available for basic phones. This will backup your contacts.
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We want to ensure you are able to keep your contacts safely backed up, Justabonehead. You can use Backup Assistant to back up your contacts. This guide will provide all the necessary steps to complete a back up. http://spr.ly/6589DE0yN
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