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I've had this idea rattling around my head
for the best part of a year and haven't
posted it because I thought that it must
exist. A little research into mobile
and a few googles later and I'm starting
think it may not. It's a pity because it's
1) Create a mobile
phone with multiple
address books: contacts, news feeds and
2) Create multiple inboxes for text
messages: contacts, news and unsorted.
3) Get the phone to filter text messages
into the appropriate inbox depending on
which address book contains the source
number for the message.
4) Allow the user to configure different
no) beeps for the different address
So, I can put all my friends in 'contacts'
and set the phone to beep when it gets a
message from them.
I can put my mobile phone service
provider and any news services I
to into the 'news' folder and set it not to
beep, but to show me on screen that I
have messages (after all there's probably
nothing urgent they'll have to tell
Unlisted numbers (which will be 99%
and 1% people who I've given my number
to but who aren't in my address book
will go into 'unsorted'.
Finally, when trawling though 'unsorted'
for new friends, I can look for frequent
spammers that make the list more
to filter, put them in my 'spam' address
book and get any message from them
Vodafone's spam filter
Works on their network rather than on a phone. [st3f, Dec 22 2004]
Or you could subscribe to our service. </sp> [ato_de, Dec 23 2004]
||Most Nokia's (certainly the 6210 and it's ilk) allow you to set profiles and groups. You can divide your contacts into say 'Work', 'Friends' and 'Family' and set up behaviour profiles such as 'OnThePiss' (Work and Family are diverted to voicemail, Friends ring loudly), 'AtWork' (Work calls ring, Family call ring quietly, Friends to Voicemail) etc. Don't know how this treats incoming texts because to be honest I couldn't be bothered to set up the whole shebang properly, but I imagine it would go some way to doing what you want.
||I have a 6210. It doesn't filter text
messages. I know of other phones that
can group and change ringtone for
voice. They can't
filter text either. Hence the
||It's possible that there's a phone out
there that can do this (and I'd be
interested in knowing if there is), but
blind assumption, because the idea's
simple, that someone has implemented
it doesn't help.
||It doesn't? That's ridiculous and earns you a bun.
||Thank-you kindly. [Eats bun]
||Actually, while I was digging for this
idea, I found that vodafone has
developed a spam filter for mobile
phones. It resides in the network rather
than on the phone, so I would have
though that anybody who complies with
their terms and conditions and pays
them some cash can still send you
advertising on your phone. [link]