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Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition, S60 3rd Edition FP1. NOT S60 3rd Edition FP2 and later.
S60 3rd Edition FP1
S60 3rd Edition (initial release)
Platform Security
Signing Required: DevCert
Capabilities: ReadDeviceData ReadUserData WriteDeviceData WriteUserData
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Created: lalitgbhise (02 Aug 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (18 Sep 2012)

Warning.pngWarning: API is deprecated in S60 3.2. Consider this while using in later versions of Symbian

There are plenty of occasions when you need to add contacts from Phonebook to your Symbian C++ application. Examples are SMS, Call Control applications etc. To do that you have to first load the phonebook's resource file like

RPbkViewResourceFile phonebookResource( *(CEikonEnv::Static()) );
phonebookResource.OpenL();

In general you would want to allow users to fetch multiple entries from the phonebook dialog so you can use CPbkMultipleEntryFetchDlg and pass the correct parameters. Also attach the correct Phonebook Contact Engine to the dialog. (Here I am picking the default contact book, whereas you may want to display your own special contact book database.)

The code may look like

CPbkMultipleEntryFetchDlg::TParams params;
CleanupStack::PushL(params);
 
CPbkContactEngine* iPbkContactEngine =
CPbkContactEngine::NewL(&iEikonEnv->FsSession());
CleanupStack::PushL(iPbkContactEngine);
params.iContactView = &iPbkContactEngine->AllContactsView();
 
CPbkMultipleEntryFetchDlg* fetcher =
CPbkMultipleEntryFetchDlg::NewL(params, *iPbkContactEngine);
fetcher->SetMopParent(this);

Later just execute the dialog. On return, the dialog will give you a list of contact ids with which you can access individually selected contacts from Contact Engine and process them

TBuf<30> phoneNumber;
 
TInt paramCount = params.iMarkedEntries->Count();
// Get the selected contacts id array
for ( TInt i = 0; i < paramCount; ++i )
{
const TContactItemId cid = ( *params.iMarkedEntries )[i];
// Open the selected contact using Phonebook engine,
// choose correct number (launch list query if needed)
CPbkContactItem* pbkItem = iPbkContactEngine->ReadContactLC( cid );
TPbkContactItemField* tmp;
if ((tmp = pbkItem->FindField(EPbkFieldIdPhoneNumberMobile)) != NULL)
{
phoneNumber = tmp->Text();
if(phoneNumber.Length() > 0){
if(iData)
iAppView->AddNumber(phoneNumber);
}
}
 
CleanupStack::PopAndDestroy(1);//CPbkContactItem
}

If you want to implement the behavior that, if a contact item has more than one number, and you want to show native dialog to choose between the numbers(like in native Sms application), you can use following code

TBuf<30> phoneNumber;
 
TInt paramCount = params.iMarkedEntries->Count();
// Get the selected contacts id array
for ( TInt i = 0; i < paramCount; ++i )
{
TBuf<128> phoneNumber;
TBuf<128> phoneName;
TBool namefound = EFalse;
const TContactItemId cid = ( *params.iMarkedEntries )[i];
// Open the selected contact using Phonebook engine,
// choose correct number (launch list query if needed)
CPbkContactItem* pbkItem = iPbkContactEngine->ReadContactLC( cid );
//Using CPbkSmsAddressSelect dialog for user to choose between numbers
CPbkSmsAddressSelect* dlg = new (ELeave) CPbkSmsAddressSelect();
CPbkSmsAddressSelect::TParams addparams(*pbkItem);
TBool selected = dlg->ExecuteLD(addparams);
//If selected is ETrue, it means that user has selected some number, else user has pressed cancel
//Also, if contact item has only one number, then there is no popup shown to the user and returned value is ETrue
if(selected){
//Getting the selected field, i.e. Mobile, Mobile (Business),Tel, Tel. (Home)
//You can find the exact label of field by numtmp->Label()
const TPbkContactItemField* numtmp = addparams.SelectedField();
if(numtmp){
phoneNumber = numtmp->Text();
}
TPbkContactItemField* nametmp;
if ((nametmp = pbkItem->FindField(EPbkFieldIdFirstName)) != NULL)
{
phoneName = nametmp->Text();
if(phoneName.Length() > 0){
namefound = ETrue;
}
}
if ((nametmp = pbkItem->FindField(EPbkFieldIdLastName)) != NULL)
{
if(namefound){
phoneName.Append(_L(" "));
phoneName.Append(nametmp->Text());
}
else{
phoneName = nametmp->Text();
}
}
}
CleanupStack::PopAndDestroy(1);//CPbkContactItem
}

In the end clean up your stack and close phonebook resource

//CPbkContactEngine, CPbkMultipleEntryFetchDlg::TParams
CleanupStack::PopAndDestroy(2);
phonebookResource.Close();

Headers required

#include <rpbkviewresourcefile.h>
#include <cpbkmultipleentryfetchdlg.h>
#include <cpbkcontactengine.h>
#include <cpbkcontactitem.h>
#include <cpbksmsaddressselect.h>

Library needed

LIBRARY pbkview.lib pbkeng.lib

Capability required

Capability ReadDeviceData ReadUserData WriteDeviceData WriteUserData
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