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    I recently discovered an unfortunate and unpublicized (to my knowledge) new "feature" of WebOS 1.4 which I see as more like a bug - if you mistakenly try to send a text message to a land line, rather than warning you or sending you an error message back, you're likely to get a text message back a few minutes later saying

    "Your message was successfully delivered to an answering machine or voicemail at (#) Thanks for using Text to Landline!"

    So... imagine my abject HORROR when this happened when I tried to send a text to my friend re: a visit from her new boyfriend, and instead it went to the number that was until very recently her landline - that is, it went to the home of her psychotic, abusive, stalker ex-boyfriend, the home she moved out of to avoid getting the **** kicked out of her again. In fact, it sent 3 messages in a row about her plans with a new guy to her crazy abusive ex, who was likely to come after her because of it. When I realized what had happened and tried to cover by sending a followup saying the messages were meant for someone else, of course THOSE didn't successfully go through with Text to Landline.

    Thankfully there were no repercussions... THIS TIME... (I'm guessing the messages didn't make sense when he got them) but I can see lots of potential for embarrassment and problems if, for example, a private message intended for an individual gets mistakenly delivered to their family voicemail or a shared work voicemail.

    Regardless, I don't want my phone to send a text message to a land line unless I go out of my way to make that happen - it certainly shouldn't do it by DEFAULT, since it's far more likely to be an error than intentional.

    I called Sprint to ask if there was a way to turn off this feature, and they checked and said that currently there is no way to turn off the feature without disabling text messaging entirely, but said they would pass on my feedback to the WebOS developers, including my specific example of how this "feature" could be not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

    So here's hoping that in the next OS update, this feature will be something you can turn on and off.

    Or, maybe one of you brilliant homebrew patch developers could write a patch to disable the feature?
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    This has been available way before the Pre came out. I actually like the feature. When you are in class and get a phone call from the house you can text them right back and it will deliver the text.

    But like they say one person's treasure is another person's trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnilaras View Post
    I recently discovered an unfortunate and unpublicized (to my knowledge) new "feature" of WebOS 1.4 which I see as more like a bug - if you mistakenly try to send a text message to a land line, rather than warning you or sending you an error message back, you're likely to get a text message back a few minutes later saying

    "Your message was successfully delivered to an answering machine or voicemail at (#) Thanks for using Text to Landline!"

    So... imagine my abject HORROR when this happened when I tried to send a text to my friend re: a visit from her new boyfriend, and instead it went to the number that was until very recently her landline - that is, it went to the home of her psychotic, abusive, stalker ex-boyfriend, the home she moved out of to avoid getting the **** kicked out of her again. In fact, it sent 3 messages in a row about her plans with a new guy to her crazy abusive ex, who was likely to come after her because of it. When I realized what had happened and tried to cover by sending a followup saying the messages were meant for someone else, of course THOSE didn't successfully go through with Text to Landline.

    Thankfully there were no repercussions... THIS TIME... (I'm guessing the messages didn't make sense when he got them) but I can see lots of potential for embarrassment and problems if, for example, a private message intended for an individual gets mistakenly delivered to their family voicemail or a shared work voicemail.

    Regardless, I don't want my phone to send a text message to a land line unless I go out of my way to make that happen - it certainly shouldn't do it by DEFAULT, since it's far more likely to be an error than intentional.

    I called Sprint to ask if there was a way to turn off this feature, and they checked and said that currently there is no way to turn off the feature without disabling text messaging entirely, but said they would pass on my feedback to the WebOS developers, including my specific example of how this "feature" could be not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

    So here's hoping that in the next OS update, this feature will be something you can turn on and off.

    Or, maybe one of you brilliant homebrew patch developers could write a patch to disable the feature?
    Not from 1.4. It was available prior to the update.
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    I agree with your point though; it's a potentially dangerous or highly embarrassing feature that should have an option to turn on/off.
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    I did this on my Blackberry before the Pre, I'm fairly certain this is a carrier feature not a phone feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xome1983 View Post
    I did this on my Blackberry before the Pre, I'm fairly certain this is a carrier feature not a phone feature.
    That's actually correct, I've done it before on my BlackBerry and my old Sony Ericsson and Nokia dumbphones.
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    I have a GSM Pre and in Germany text to landline is a feature of the provider. I do not think the phone handles this. The phone can not differentiate mobile and land lines. So you can't switch this on your Pre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamouton View Post
    This has been available way before the Pre came out. I actually like the feature. When you are in class and get a phone call from the house you can text them right back and it will deliver the text.
    How does a landline receive a text? Do you need a special phone or does it show up via caller ID?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekker View Post
    How does a landline receive a text? Do you need a special phone or does it show up via caller ID?
    it tells you the message sounds like a robot is talking to you lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seko View Post
    I have a GSM Pre and in Germany text to landline is a feature of the provider. I do not think the phone handles this. The phone can not differentiate mobile and land lines. So you can't switch this on your Pre.
    I would think that someone could create a patch that uses the information in your contacts database. In other words, only allow texts to be sent to numbers listed as "mobile" in your contacts.

    EDIT: Actually, there is an app called Launchpoint that will allow you to do just that and it works great.
    Last edited by Trekker; 03/16/2010 at 08:38 PM.
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    yeah, Sprint has had this "feature" before the pre. Not something specific to webos.
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    So let me get this straight. You texted the wrong number for a contact, despite having home or mobile beside it, and you're blaming Palm and Sprint?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnilaras View Post
    Or, maybe one of you brilliant homebrew patch developers could write a patch to disable the feature?
    Use the app below. It works great. It allows you to set up different "Launchpoints" for your contacts. You can set up a launchpoint for dialing the number, sending an email or sending an SMS or a "popup" which will allow you to select which you want to send.

    Great app!

    LaunchPoint Speed Dial

    I know it's in the app catalog for only 99 cents, there may also be a beta version in Homebrew, I'm not sure. Well worth the money.
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    There is a patch for your problem in preware. It is called sms icon for mobile tagged numbers only. This way the sms icon only displays next to mobile numbers not other numbers. It helps from making that mistake and easier to text the right number. The patch is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sperki75 View Post
    There is a patch for your problem in preware. It is called sms icon for mobile tagged numbers only. This way the sms icon only displays next to mobile numbers not other numbers. It helps from making that mistake and easier to text the right number. The patch is free.
    If it only displays an SMS icon, you can still make a mistake.

    With Launchpoint speed dial, once you set it up and select "SMS" it will send a text to the number you have designated as an SMS number. The only thing you have to do is make sure you get it right when you set it up. After that, it's pretty much foolproof.
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    @trekker:

    Most of the fixed line phones here in Germany have a small screen and can display and send text messages. If your phone is older a text to speech engine reads the text.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seko View Post
    @trekker:

    Most of the fixed line phones here in Germany have a small screen and can display and send text messages. If your phone is older a text to speech engine reads the text.
    We're obviously behind the tech curve here in the U.S. I was hoping they'd bring text messages to land line phones soon, but it looks like the technology is already available. I guess it's not really a big seller here.
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    Never tried this before so I just sent a text to my phone at work. Pretty cool.

    I dont see how this is any kind of privacy issue. Just think about where/who you send a text to before you send one. It's no different than sending a text to a cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post
    So let me get this straight. You texted the wrong number for a contact, despite having home or mobile beside it, and you're blaming Palm and Sprint?
    This.....
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    I accidentally drove my car into a lake. Instead of floating, I sank.

    I called Chrysler and they said the only way to stop from driving into the lake was to not drive the car.

    can anyone write a patch to make the car turn left before the lake?

    I couldn't resist. I know. I'm a jerk. :-)
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