Reading contact info in a text.

Jack Schneider

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Why is it when someone with a I phone sends me a contact through texting, I can't open the contact in the received text? I have to upload the info to contacts, and know the person's name so I know where to look for it. Very frustrating.
 

courtneyftw

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This is likely because the contacts list stores information in a certain file type, normally on read by that app. So when it's sent, it must be opened with that type of app.
 

Hgouck

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Why is it when someone with a I phone sends me a contact through texting, I can't open the contact in the received text? I have to upload the info to contacts, and know the person's name so I know where to look for it. Very frustrating.

This is why I switched from the stock SMS to Verizon Messages. You can see the contact before storing it.

JMHO
 

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It's kind of technical, but there's no "contact:" type defined. If they send you a link with the http: type or the mailto: type or the ftp: type (and you had an ftp app), it would probably work, because those types are defined. "contact:" isn't and it's not an Android thing, it's a computer industry thing. (Not that some programs don't implement it, just as some implement "irc:" or "chat" as a type, but they're not standards.)

And iPhones don't send SMSs, they send iMessages. If the person sending the the texts was knowledgeable enough to mark at least one text sent to you as SMS, his phone kind of fakes an SMS, but the faking isn't perfect, so some things still don't work. (Apple acknowledged this a few months ago, and even claimed that they were going to work on it, but I wouldn't hold a corpse's breath. Jobs' "everyone who doesn't do it my way is a moron" philosophy still reigns strong over there.)
 

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