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3/17/09
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jwthomas2640

The Power of 406

There has been a lot of discussion about the 406 # GV uses to replay to SMS messages. We know it also works to call back your contacts and it will display your GV #. It also has to be used on one of your forwarding phones or the call will be lost. Both on here and on Twitter though, google employees have been hinting that you can do much more with the 406 #. Any ideas of other options we might have for the 406 #'s? Please, if you have an idea, share it here!
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earldriscoll
3/17/09
earldriscoll
I too would like to hear other peoples ideas about the power of (406). The most obvious one is being able to dial the (406) alias for voice calls rather than needing to dial your GV number, then dial 2, then dial the number of the contact you are trying to reach. What other uses can people think of???
BM...
3/17/09
BM...
Well, just to expand on what you already wrote, I recommended in a different thread that I'd like to see the 406 number in my contacts.  I don't have an SMS plan and that's the only way that I know to get the number right now, since it's not a Caller ID option.  If the 406 number were put into our contacts automatically, my iPhone would also get it - automatically.  If they add the callerid option that we requested, I could have the 406 number come in and my phone would tell me who it is.  All automatically.

I'd love to be proven wrong, but that might be all it's for at this point.  Think about it.  It's just a map.  Contact number / 406 number / GV number for incoming and Registered phones for outgoing.  What else can you use the map for?  How much more is there to phones than Voice and SMS?  I'll keep thinking though.

If we use this thread as a ToDo list for 406 numbers, I'll start it
1. Add option to show the 406 numbers in contacts
2. Put the 406 aliases in the contacts - automatically
3. Add the 3rd CallerID option of letting us receive the call with the 406 number shown
4. Give us the ability to assign a 406 number to a contact (so they don't have to call us the first time to create the alias) (Would also enable us to give the number meaning i.e. use 406-555-0415 could be for a friend of mine with the birthday of April 15th)

Anyone else have any for the list?
earldriscoll
3/17/09
earldriscoll
Help me understand this correctly? Someone sends a SMS message to my GV number......GV displays an alias (406)xxx-xxxx. Then I can call (406)xxx-xxxx directly from my cell and it will connect to that person? Or do I have to call GV from my cell then enter (406)xxx-xxxx?
3/17/09
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jwthomas2640
You have it right earldiscoll. When someone sends an SMS to your GV # it assigns a 406 alias # so when you reply to the SMS it will show up with you GV #. Each 406 # is unique to each person, and if you were to call the 406 # it will conect you to that person, so you don't have to call your own GV # and dial their #. It makes things much easier, and your GV # shows up on the other persons caller ID, not the 406 #.
3/17/09
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jwthomas2640
I agree with you BM... that it doesn't appear that you could do much more with the 406 #, but it seems like some GV employees are hinting that there is more potential. I pulled this quote from Chris W. from another discussion on here, "Chitown et al, keep up the sleuthing.  You might find even more uses for the (406) than you think:)" and on twitter today they were also hinting that you might be able to do more with it. I was just wondering if anyone else has figured out something that I hadn't. I like your idea for a 406 to do list. Keep the ideas comming.
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Google user
2/25/11
Google user
this has been my experience:   my original 406 numbers (as well as subsequent 972, 678s) that are assigned to a single contact all work just fine for SMS--the SMS will be delivered.  however, calling an old 406 number won't work if a new number has been assigned..... when GV reassigns a new 972 or 202 number, the most recent number is the good callback number.  so many of you, like myself, have been saving all these numbers in phone book, which is not practical.  my suggestion:  make sure you save the contacts real phone number in case you get in a pinch and don't have the most up to date GV number for them.  in several instances, i've had to SMS my contact and say "i don't have your phone number, please call me"...and they reply with "what are you talking about? you just texted me?@!?!".   sometimes explaining GV to people who don't get it isn't worth the time.  

oh, and i'm using an old blackberry with no web access, not using the GV app, so i don't think there's an issue there;  i'm just saving my GV numbers into the phone book and (attempting) to call people with their GV numbers. alot of times it results in frustration.....   this process is becoming too much work, and i might just drop GV altogether because it's exhausting saving numbers and managing all this crap.  if they were to re-instate some of the old features of Grand Central i'd stick around, but GV isn't that cool any more. 

anyone have any luck bypassing a phone plan altogether and just using data plan only and making calls with VOIP -skype etc or a similar service?  my guess is quality isn't great.  any suggestions appreciated.
 
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