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I cleaned up my gmail address book (instead of just the phone). Stupid android apps and silly me (the phone warned that i was syncing too many deletes - DO NOT ignore that warning).

GMail allows us to restore contacts upto 30 days old but that was not feasible (since I had already erred once previously over a month back) to get ALL the contacts. GMail helped me restore only 200 contacts.

Here is a big link to many ways to do it (FYI but not endorsed): http://uclue.com/?xq=4944

What I finally did?
- Installed Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
- Installed Import Export Tools https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/importexporttools/
- Synced to GMail via IMAP.
- Exported contacts to excel (yes I'm a excel junkie!), then removed duplicates, cleaned up spammers (if short on time, restore the "Sent" folder), cleaned up the addresses to Google format, saved it as a CSV and uploaded it back.

All of 20 mins job. Hope that helps someone. If it doesn't work for you, please comment!

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