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Messages show multiple contacts in a single conversation

asked 2014-12-07 21:58:00 +0300

zyntax gravatar image

updated 2015-06-24 18:51:33 +0300

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SMS messages from both my dad and sister go to the same conversation and when I reply, I do not know do both of them get the sms or only one of them. I had the same problem with my earlier android phone but I learned to live with that because the phone was cheap and already outdated when I got it. Old N95 8GB with symbian handled the messages right.

I think there is something to do with the fact that my dads number begins with 0500 and my sisters 0400 and they have the same ending.

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I get this with people who share a landline number.

Andy Branson ( 2014-12-07 22:52:18 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-07 22:18:16 +0300

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updated 2014-12-22 23:27:06 +0300

I had the same problem with my aunt and sister :) Check that the contacts are not automatically linked, that might happen due to similar last name + even more in common

People > correct contact card > Pulley menu, Link > tap on the wrong links to remove (there's a 5 sec warning timer)

Update: This answer didn't offer the solution to the question - Hope that others can help out here. Latest comment reports the issue expanding

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Damn, neither of the contacts were linked with each other. :/

zyntax ( 2014-12-07 23:06:31 +0300 )edit

hmm... in that case there's not much other options but that either of your contacts include the wrong phone number, and if that's not the case, bug is confirmed :/

simo ( 2014-12-07 23:18:19 +0300 )edit

Double checked the contact numbers. :/

zyntax ( 2014-12-08 01:24:05 +0300 )edit

Now with the Vaarainjärvi update the problem extended to the phone application also: there it shows recent calls from/to my father as they were my sister.

zyntax ( 2014-12-20 16:03:33 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-12-22 23:51:11 +0300

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updated 2014-12-22 23:57:41 +0300

I have read that when comparing phone numbers the OS only considers the 8 last digits of the number. Don't know if that really is the case, got it from this question. But if it really is so, it explains this bug – your dad and sister having the last eight digits.

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i have noticed this behaviour early with some old phones. (NOKIA 3210) or something. then the last 5 digits were the same and the sympton was that phone didnt know which name to show on screen when one of them was calling. i scratched my head quite a while saving them to contacts and wondering.

Calsu ( 2014-12-23 01:12:55 +0300 )edit

I am wondering why this _is_ a problem. I suppose there are no other mobile phone number formats than +358etc and 05/04etc. Seriously minor bug but annoying. :/

zyntax ( 2014-12-23 02:03:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-09 22:33:45 +0300

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updated 2017-05-09 22:34:51 +0300

This seems to have become worse since Iijoki. Both contacts have similar kind of phone number as above (only second number differs)

Often on main view of Messaging contact A is shown as sender, but when I open that conversation and check details, sometimes there's option to choose either A or B, but quite often B. Responses to messages from B go almost always to A (and the other way around), and often twice to the same number instead of once for each. If I want to send SMS for one of them, I have to write a new message and write the number (although even this is not 100% sure to go to the right person)

An other close person shares this problem with the same contacts .

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