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Re: Is there a way to limit searchable contacts in Messaging?
The stock messaging app (which is called Messages version 4.0.0..... in settings / Apps) the search function searches the entire content of the message as well as just names. It doesn't search contacts at all.
When you start composing a message, and then tap the people button, it lists only contacts with phone numbers, (not email only contacts). But it has to show all numbers because you can't reliably tell which ones can receive text messages. Each person may have multiple phone numbers, and you have to have the option of texting to each one separately, which means the listings must be broken out into individual entries.
Google voice accounts can get text messages, and on Sprint just about any phone can get text messages. Same for Verizon.
So its working the way it is intended.