Numbers (landlines) under multiple contacts

asked 2015-10-02 12:38:15 +0300

dhardy gravatar image

I get this irritating issue now that whenever someone calls from my house, my phone tells me I have a call from myself, because this number is saved under multiple contacts (some synced from other sources and not editable on the phone), one of them being myself.

Could there be some thought put into how to handle landlines (house phones) in the address book (or more generally shared numbers)?

Some options I can think of:

  1. Let the user set a primary contact for the number
  2. Show all contacts with that number when receiving an incoming call
  3. Select the contact with least numbers associated so that if a contact is added only to represent that number, that contact will be selected (i.e. If Bill and Bill's house both have the same number but Bill also has a mobile number, display Bill's house).
edit retag flag offensive close delete


I've thought about this from back with my N900, and I concluded #3 was the best option, as individuals would have mobiles, but a "shared" contact for the family would only have the common number.

mr_jrt ( 2015-10-02 13:33:15 +0300 )edit

I'd suggest to add ability to link one contact to several contacts independently. Eg. I'd link Doe's house to both John Doe and Jane Doe. This would also be a great way to manage office numbers - it would allow to change only one record to update several contacts when some office moves, or to quickly add office number to the contact of new co-worker.

czarkoff ( 2015-10-06 02:09:44 +0300 )edit

I wonder in part if this is constrained by standard contact sync protocols. Options (2) and (3) above are designed to work with ordinary contact synchronisation services, but there are certainly more feature-complete approaches possible outside of those constraints.

dhardy ( 2015-10-08 12:26:46 +0300 )edit