I think a normal user expects “import contact from file” in the people app and not in system settings (as entry point).
The thinking in the design has probably been that contacts are imported rarely. That’s why such an infrequent operation should not be in the app UI itself, taking the limited screen space, but can be placed in Settings > Apps.
People app has 3 items in pull down menu where “import” could be added (SFOS 3), calendar 4, notes in editing mode 4 items.
That is true, but just because it can be done, that doesn’t mean it should be done. Other applications also have their infrequently used settings stowed away inside Settings. You’d be making the People application inconsistent with other applications, and I think that would cause more confusion than it would solve.
Really, I don’t think many people import contacts more than once. They move their contacts from their old phone to their new phone, and that’s it.
However, something that would be nice (if it isn’t already the case) is that on a fresh install, if the user hasn’t added or imported any contacts yet and opens the People application, there should a link to the contact import page in Settings. @jovirkku, what would you think about that?
It is already the case