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    Composing new text message

    When I go to messaging and try to compose a new message I'm not getting my contacts when I type in the "To" box. A couple of contacts show up but it is difinately not working right.

    At first I thought it was looking at my facebook account as a default but that's not it.

    I can compose from my contacts list but the messaging function would be easier...

    Help...
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    just type the 1st two letters of the contacts name and a drop down list will appear with all ur contacts that name starts with the st letter
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    I know that is what it is supposed to do... but my phone isn't doing that. It won't show the contacts when I do that. If I type BA the last name of one of my contacts shows up but not the other contacts that start with BA....
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    how did u get the contacts in the phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola View Post
    I know that is what it is supposed to do... but my phone isn't doing that. It won't show the contacts when I do that. If I type BA the last name of one of my contacts shows up but not the other contacts that start with BA....
    Not sure about the last name, but it works when I type the first name. Maybe you don't have the contacts info entered correctly?

    I highly suggest installing a free app called Handcent SMS. It will allow you to pull a list of contacts up, rather than having to type or search for them. It also lets you select groups of contacts like family/co-workers with a few clicks. Among other things this app does, it is a HUGE improvement over the stock program that manages your messages.

    Highly recommend this app because it makes text/pic/video messaging on the droid 500% easier. Trust me, it improves the experience by far. Best of all, its free. So give it a try.
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    They were transferred from by BB. It's just my regular phone numbers etc... not gmail contacts or FB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola View Post
    They were transferred from by BB. It's just my regular phone numbers etc... not gmail contacts or FB.
    I'm not sure unless the transfer has somehow entered the names etc in the wrong field.

    Try manually entering a few contacts making sure to put thefirst/last names in the right box etc and see if they show up as expected. I'm not sure what to tell you if that doesn't work. You could try a reset or exchanging the phone if it still doesnt work.
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    Wow... here's the lowdown. If the default number for a contact's phone number is set to anything other than mobile... it will not come up as a contact you can send and SMS to.

    I downloaded the Handcent SMS and it works well.

    Thanks for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lola View Post
    Wow... here's the lowdown. If the default number for a contact's phone number is set to anything other than mobile... it will not come up as a contact you can send and SMS to.

    I downloaded the Handcent SMS and it works well.

    Thanks for the help!
    Don't forget to disable the phone's message notifications. Otherwise, you will get double notifications for each message (one from phone, one from handcent sms).

    If you like, there is an option in the settings to make the layout look almost exactly the same as the phone's messaing program (without all those bubbles and pretty colors). The Handcent skin looks nice but I turned those extra effects off because it made reading the messages more difficult.
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    hmm. I guess that makes sense, except that a lot of people have a work mobile phone and setting it to "work" makes sense but I'd still like to SMS them.

    Might have to go through and change that...but it seems like it would make more sense to fix the functionality.
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