- 12-06-2012, 04:57 PM #1
So I have about 800 contacts in my phone. Lot's of people I have listed as a home number (personal cell) and work number (work cell). When I try to send them a text message they do not show up as a viable number because it is not listed as mobile. Am I missing something here or can you only send text messages to the number that is listed as mobile? I am coming from iOS so it's all a learning experience. This was not the case on my iPhone. I could store any number as whatever type I wanted, and it would let me compose a text to it. If it didn't work at&t bounced it and said it was invalid.
- 12-06-2012, 05:35 PM #2
I actually like it that way, it always bugged me that seeing more then just mobile bugged me and sometimes i would pick the wrong one not thinking...
Anyway, right now all I know you can do is in to field of a text message you can hit that little plus icon in the top right and it will take you to your phone book and from there you can pick a person and it will show you all their numbers to pick from.. Extra steps I know... but so far that's the only thing I can figure out for you.
12-06-2012, 08:51 PM #3
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This was bugging me as well and I figured it out today.
When you have the text message up with the contact name already in there hit the ellipses on the bottom right corner, hit switch, then more phone numbers.
- 12-07-2012, 09:21 AM #4
- 12-07-2012, 10:29 AM #5
While it may make sense to you, it does seem to me that by far the vast majority of people will place a contact's mobile number under the lable 'Mobile'. Most people use the term 'Home' to mean a land line (Yes, some people still have those). So, while I do understand your frustration, for most of us the fact that WP defaults to texting to a number marked as 'Mobile' (since to my knowledge only mobile phones can send/receive text messages) does make sense.
Moreover a user of TellMe (which I personally use extensively) can say 'Text John' and WP immediately knows that, of all the phone numbers I have included in John's contact information, my intention is to use the one which I have designated as 'Mobile'. Of course the argument could be made that TellMe could allow texting to target numbers just as it does for calling (e.g. being able to say 'Text John Mobile' similarly to how one can currently say, 'Call John Mobile'). But omitting 'Mobile' from the command to TellMe should still default to texting to the number designated as 'Mobile'.
I personally think that it's a reasonable implementation, but again I have designated all my contact's mobile phone numbers as 'Mobile', so it all works as expected for me. I wouldn't want to have to edit 800 contacts, but then again I only actually regularly text with about 15 or so of my contacts.
- 12-07-2012, 11:13 AM #6
You can actually text a land line... well, certian ones. We have a land line through our cable internet provider and it rang one day and I answered it and it was a computer voice reading a text message to me.. One of my wife's friends tried to text her and accidently sent it to our land line. It would be a good way to annoy your friends. :)
- 12-07-2012, 11:49 AM #7
- 12-07-2012, 01:35 PM #10
- 12-08-2012, 03:48 PM #11
Well an unfortunate side effect of changing this on the phone arrises with my contacts. I use a Gmail account and when I change the contact to mobile and mobile 2 on my phone, it adds 2 entries in my Google contacts. One listed as "other" and one listed as "car". So it seems like I either deal with the extra steps and not being able to pin someone to the start screen and text them form there, deal with having duplicate numbers in my gmail address book, or deal with trying to use outlook.com to sync my contacts (I assume the contact fields there match the phone).
12-09-2013, 06:55 AM #12
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I have been swapping my contacts from phone to phone for 15 years. Classification of numbers only came about a few years ago and all my numbers were defaulted to 'work'; hence 80-90% of my 1400 phone contacts are considered work, and I have to go the long way round to send a text almost every time. It is a total pain. I have far too many contacts to go into them one my one to change their setting. Windows phone seem to be the only company that limits text functions to contacts set as 'mobile'.
Given this seems to be an unfixable design flaw, does anyone know a way I could change all of my contacts to 'mobile' in one go?
- 12-09-2013, 08:45 AM #13
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