I just fired up my old backup android 2.2 because my phone got run over. I took some internet advise and erased all contacts before restoring the backups from my old phone. The way IL used was to go to app manager, and delete all data from the "contacts" and "contacts storage" apps. When I tried to restore the contacts, it went thgouth the process but no contacts apeared. I went to contacts menu>choose contacts to display but the only option is google contacts. So I tried synching google contacts and that did create some contacts. Then I restored the vcf file from my old phone again and this time they were added. But still the phone only allows displaying goolge contacts so I guess they were added to my google contacts. I don't want to have to synch with google and want to have normal phone-based contacts available. I'm afraid the erasing process I used messed up the phone contacts facility.