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Enable a way to disable SMS capability for phone number

asked 2014-01-06 14:47:53 +0200

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updated 2014-02-14 19:42:57 +0200

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I use many phone numbers for contacts (mobile, home, work...), but not all phones number can receive SMS (only mobile phones). It would be a good idea to add a way to disable the SMS button for not SMS-able number in the contact view.

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Bad idea. A lot of home and work phones are mobile phones and can receive SMS. Besides, 98% of people do not bother to set the appropriate type for each entry in their phonebook.

ln ( 2014-01-06 15:02:23 +0200 )edit

The good way can be to add option to "disable" sms support for some phone entry, not to enable it...

condo4 ( 2014-01-06 15:54:27 +0200 )edit

I agree with ln: it would cause more problems than it solves. Also: some fixed number can receive sms too, either through text-to-speech or some other woodoo.

attah ( 2014-01-06 15:57:10 +0200 )edit

N900 had a checkbox in contacts setting "Display SMS only for Mobile numbers". I don't see how that could cause any problems at all, as long as it defaults to unchecked.

A per contact setting of default phone or IM address for voice comm, and ono default number or address for IM would be better.

Vaskinn ( 2014-01-06 19:03:07 +0200 )edit

@In there are actually more than only those fields possible - [work:mobile] [work:fax] kind of, no idea what the limit is but I guess you can just add them to the database and the ui. And since you can assign types to multiple numbers at the same time.

chemist ( 2014-02-14 16:02:23 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-02-14 16:03:45 +0200

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Just an idea: in some countries, mobile numbers have specific prefixes (in France for instance: 06, 07, ... and with international code : +336, +337, ...). So the contact information could be filtered like this instead of "work/mobile/home" property).

Note: I've just made (and close) a duplicated question here

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and it still applies that not all countries have designated number-prefixes for mobiles...

chemist ( 2014-02-14 16:58:25 +0200 )edit

filtering by phone prefix will not work as I have "landline" number on my cell phone.

ortylp ( 2014-02-14 20:40:02 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-08-16 09:01:45 +0200

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updated 2016-08-16 09:03:48 +0200

I suggest that user can reorder contact phone numbers so that the seldom used landline phone is not the first in the list. See

This is sufficient for preventing unintentional SMS messages to wrong type phones and makes the contact list much easier to use.

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