How to Retrieve Phone Number from Contacts in WP7 using the PhoneNumberChooserTask?

In the last blog post, we learnt “How to Call a Number in WP7 using the PhoneCallTask?” We also learnt, “How to Save Phone Number in WP7 using the SavePhoneNumberTask?” So, how can you programmatically retrieve a phone number from existing contact list?


This post will help you to understand it. After reading this post, you will be able to programmatically retrieve the phone number in your application (this requires user’s interaction) using the PhoneNumberChooserTask. Don’t forget to read the complete post as this will help you to know about the internal implementation of the SDK API too.


Know About the API

“PhoneNumberChooserTask” is a sealed class present in the “Microsoft.Phone.Tasks” namespace. It inherits “ChooseBase” of type “PhoneNumberResult” which returns the selected phone number and display name. PhoneNumberChooserTask has a method call Show(), which brings the contact chooser UI in the screen.


Here is the meta data of the PhoneNumberChooserTask:

namespace Microsoft.Phone.Tasks
    public sealed class PhoneNumberChooserTask : ChooserBase<PhoneNumberResult>
        public override void Show();



Today I decompiled the SDK library for PhoneNumberChooserTask class and learnt a lot about the actual implementation of the API. You will find it really useful.


Here is the actual API implementation of the class:


namespace Microsoft.Phone.Tasks
  public sealed class PhoneNumberChooserTask : ChooserBase<PhoneNumberResult>
    private const int StaticFilterHasPhone = 4;

private const string AppUri =


    public override void Show()
      if (!ChooserHelper.NavigationInProgressGuard((Action) (() => this.Show())))
      byte[] buffer = ChooserHelper.Serialize(this.BuildParameterPropertyBag());
      Uri appUri = new Uri(this.BuildUri(), UriKind.Absolute);
      ChooserHelper.Invoke(appUri, buffer, (IChooser) this._genericChooser);
    internal override string BuildUri()
      return "app://5B04B775-356B-4AA0-AAF8-6491FFEA5615/ChoosePropertyOfExistingPerson";
    internal override ParameterPropertyBag BuildParameterPropertyBag()
      ParameterPropertyBag parameterPropertyBag = new ParameterPropertyBag();
      parameterPropertyBag.CreateProperty("RestrictionType").Int32Value = 4;
      return parameterPropertyBag;
    internal override void OnInvokeReturned(byte[] outputBuffer, Delegate fireThisHandlerOnly)
      bool flag = false;
      if (outputBuffer.Length > 0)
        ParameterPropertyBag parameterPropertyBag = new ParameterPropertyBag(
                                                        (uint) outputBuffer.Length);
        ParameterProperty property1 = parameterPropertyBag.GetProperty("PickerPropertyValue");

if (property1.ValueType == ParameterPropertyValueType.ValueType_String && !


          flag = true;
          PhoneNumberResult e = new PhoneNumberResult(TaskResult.OK);
          e.PhoneNumber = property1.StringValue;
          ParameterProperty property2 = parameterPropertyBag.GetProperty("OutDisplayName");
          if (property2.ValueType == ParameterPropertyValueType.ValueType_String)
            e.DisplayName = property2.StringValue;
          this.FireCompleted((object) this, e, fireThisHandlerOnly);
      if (flag)

this.FireCompleted((object) this, new PhoneNumberResult(TaskResult.Cancel),




I hope that the above decompiled version of the class was very helpful for you to understand the actual implementation.


Implementation Steps

Let’s implement a sample code and discuss how it works using a simple application. First of all, you have to create an instance of the class PhoneNumberChooserTask and register for the completed event before calling the Show() method. Here is the code snippet for your reference:

var phoneNumberChooserTask = new PhoneNumberChooserTask();
phoneNumberChooserTask.Completed += PhoneNumberChooserTaskCompleted;


In the completed event implementation, extract the PhoneNumberResult and retrieve the DisplayName and PhoneNumber from it. You can store it or pass it to PhoneCallTask to place a call like the below code snippet:


void PhoneNumberChooserTaskCompleted(object sender, PhoneNumberResult e)
    var phoneCallTask = new PhoneCallTask 
                                DisplayName = e.DisplayName, 
                                PhoneNumber = e.PhoneNumber 


Not only that, you can do any operation that your application wants after retrieving this information. Let’s see how it works in the Windows Phone 7 device.


Once you call the Show() method, the first screen will appear in the device asking user to chose the contact and in the completed event once you get the information, it will ask you to place a call (as per our implementation) and then the 3rd screen shows the call to that contact as below:


Screenshot 1 : How to Retrieve Phone Number from Contacts in WP7 using the PhoneNumberChooserTask?     Screenshot 2 : How to Retrieve Phone Number from Contacts in WP7 using the PhoneNumberChooserTask?     Screenshot 3 : How to Retrieve Phone Number from Contacts in WP7 using the PhoneNumberChooserTask?


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  1. Hi Kunal,

    It is good that we can retrieve phone numbers from the contacts, but can you give a couple of examples when this would be really useful?


  2. Hi Sangita,

    That really depends on the developer who is going to create an application. A dev can create his/her own dialer/sms application apart from the default one or he/she wants to add a feature in their app/game to call/message a contact available in the contact list. Think about a game like "Kaun Banega Crorepati" ;)

  3. Hi KC,
    I have a different situation here. I have a custom dialler and I need to choose a contact from Phonebook and then retrieve that particular number back on my screen.
    Can you please guide me into that ....

    1. Create a variable that will hold the value of e.PhoneNumber and then pass it to a textbox as if the user entered the number using the dialer.


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