yes I did restore from back up when it asked me when I first synched it, I mean I just picked the one that was highlighted..i assumed that was the latest one. I never use the info tab and don't synch with windows or yahoo or anything..i thought the back up just kept the phone numbers.
I also just tried to restore again, just from the last "so and so's iPhone" that was highlighted no luck...suggestions thanks again!
You could always connect the old phone to iTunes and sync it with the Windows Address Book and then do the same for the new phone. Windows Address Book is pretty low tech, but it can get the job done. Just make sure you don't overwrite the phone contacts with the empty contact list on Windows.