Monday, March 7, 2011

WP7 and International Caller IDs

Windows Phone 7 is really not very good when it comes to international caller IDs. This is because WP7 has a difficult time identifying the contact from different caller IDs that may be provided by the mobile network operator. Unfortunately the mobile network operator I use has a bit of a problem with caller IDs, which puts my WP7 to a test in this matter – and it miserably fails!

Here is the scenario: my Icelandic mobile network operator, Nova, doesn't provide the same caller ID when a contact calls me as when he texts me. For example, if the contact’s mobile phone number is 855-0505 and he gives me a call, the caller ID is 8550505, contact is found and his name is displayed – all is well. However, when the same contact then sends me a text message, the caller ID is +3548550505 (the country code +354 is added). And this results in WP7 not finding the contact and the SMS conversation is created using the number instead of the contact’s name.

Normally, with other phones I have used, this has been OK because the phones are able to automatically add/remove country-codes as needed in order to find the contact calling (or texting in this case). But WP7 doesn’t realize that the two numbers refer to the same contact. This is obviously one of the more irritating international problems with WP7.

Anyway, trying to work around this problem, I put +3548550505 as the contact's pager-number and the contact is then found when he calls me (from his mobile number 8550505) and when he texts me (from the pager-number +3548550505). Great! Irritating to setup, but still, one step forward.

But then a problem with this “solution” hits me... if I look up the contact, it says 'call mobile' (and the mobile number 855050 is there) and right below that it says 'text mobile' (and the mobile number is there, not the pager-number, of course not, why should it?).

Then, if I use the 'text mobile' function to send a text to the contact, WP7 creates (or adds to an already existing) conversation using this 8550505 number. Then, when my contact gets the text and replies, and the reply is received by my WP7 phone, it will start yet a new conversation using the Caller ID +3548550505.

When this happens I may miss it because I have the 8550505 conversation on my screen waiting for his reply. When I figure this out, I realize I now have two conversations going on. What a bug.

What do I do now? How do I work around this problem? Is it possible?

The answer may be: Wait for the Windows Phone 7 update to reach your phone. Period. Wait. So, I will.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ellen er aftur á leiðinni til Svíþjóðar

1. mars var undankeppnin fyrir Stora Daldansen haldin af félagi íslenskra listdansara í óperunni. Ellen mín tók þátt aftur og í þetta sinn stóð hún uppi í fyrsta sæti og vinkona hennar, hún Gunnhildur, í því þriðja sæti. Kalli var svo í öðru, en hann vann í fyrra þegar Ellen lenti í öðru. Sem sagt, Ellen er aftur á leiðinni til Falun til að taka þátt fyrir íslands hönd. Fyrir þá sem vilja þá er hægt að lesa meira á heimasíðu Listdansskóla Íslands.