The Power of 406
See this thread in which a Google employee responded:
That would be a function of your carrier. At present, I know of no means for forwarding a carrier text to another number (or service).
A single phone number (landline or cell) can only be verified on a maximum of 2 GV accounts. If it is designated as a 'mobile' number, it can only be verified on a single GV account. Switching your number between GV accounts is limited to one switch. (called "reclaiming your number"). Once you've reclaimed it, you cannot verify it on another account.
A GV account can have a maximum of 6 verified phone numbers.
Try a quick search for 406 in the GV Help Files
Right now if I text my buddies GV number, my actual cell number will show up instead of my GV number, and there's no way to get a 406 number..
Thanks for clearing up my misunderstanding.
We've been told that the associations between GV accounts and 406 numbers are permanent.
Again, partly right, but a little bit wrong.
You're missing the fact that when a GV user sends an SMS, it shows up on the recipient's phone as coming from the GV number, NOT a 406 number. That's important.
When that recipient responds, he sends to the GV user's GV number, NOT a 406 number.
So, the person outside of GV has no knowledge of, nor gets any use from, 406 numbers.
INSIDE GV, however, the GV user gets to treat 406 numbers like speed dial numbers. When I SMS you from GV and you respond, Google names you 406-something. I liken that to "Speed dial #1." Like regular speed dial settings, it only works FROM my GV number, and it ALWAYS reaches you. Another GV user might also have a "Speed dial #1," which reaches a user other than you. And that GV user might reach you with "Speed dial #13." Again, perfectly acceptable in the realm of speed dial numbers.
And you, outside of GV, know nothing of, nor can make any use of this "speed dialing."
Again, it's overly simple, but I like it.
And even if you were in a GV user's contact list (406-something), you would gain no use of the 406's. You would be able to dial the GV user's GV number and the GV user would be able to dial 406-something to reach you. Just because you're in his "speed dial" (my analogy for 406s) doesn't give you any new privileges.
I send a message to you, it comes to you from from MY GV number. You message back and you show up as speed dial 1 (shorthand for 406-something). From that point on, I can call or SMS you as MY speed dial 1. Another GV user sends a message to you. You message back and you show up as speed dial 4. From that point on, when THAT user calls or SMS messages speed dial 4, you get the message. And when you want to call or SMS either of the two GV users, you use their GV numbers.
That may be oversimplification, but I'm pretty happy with it.
If you have a contact with a few different numbers, say 1. cellphone 2. homephone 3. officephone >> GV could assign one 406# that will ring on all of them at the same time, kind of reversing the whole GV idea and giving you the best chance of getting a hold of that person.
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?
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