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    "New" development in GV - alias number with person's name

    Well, OK, maybe not new. I remember years ago using GV on a dumbphone and having to save a person's GV alias number in my contacts when he/she texted you so that you reply using GV and not your phone number. This was when using a dumbphone without the GV app. There was no way to know that GV alias number until somebody replied to a text. Then to send a text with your GV number you had to use that alias number.

    Anyway, I have an old iPhone SE that I keep in my office for those days when I forget my normal phone. I have a Truphone SIM in it so I'm not paying a monthly fee, and my GV number forwards to it. I didn't install the GV app. So I use it basically like a dumbphone.

    As long as a person's name is in your Google contacts, the incoming text will show his/her name along with the alias number.
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    Maybe this has always been the case when using GV with a smartphone without the app. I don't know. Is anybody else still using GV without the app?
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    I still have lots of those alias # saved in my contacts from days-gone-by.

    Do you happen to have that alias # saved in the contact for that person?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    I still have lots of those alias # saved in my contacts from days-gone-by.

    Do you happen to have that alias # saved in the contact for that person?
    Yes, I also have plenty of those old alias numbers saved in my contact list, but not this person's. I added her after I started using the app on a smartphone. Maybe since I sent the text to her actual number from my PC, not using the iPhone, the alias number automatically registered her name.

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    I'm not sure. But it's definitely an interesting phenomenon!

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    It’s been there for at least 5-6 years.

    I used to keep work contacts just on my Google Account, just in case something happened and I had to temporarily switch devices with a different OS (at the time I was strictly iOS). So I would occasionally have specific names show up in the texts that way. They even show up with the contact name in GMail if you have GV forward texts to GMail.

    I still keep alias numbers in my contact list, so that I can see messages or start texts when driving (using Android Auto and the standard messaging app).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haas_Dave View Post
    It’s been there for at least 5-6 years.
    It's probably been longer than that since I've used GV without the app. I remember when GV was first released and I used it with a Samsung Evergreen slider phone. I have been a fan of GV ever since.

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    I still use the alias numbers when needed. I don't get a whole lot of new contacts these days so most of the people I do need to contact have already gone through "the process" (have SMS-ed my GV number so I can collect that alias number) and I've got that number under their Contact entry (locally and in Google Contacts).

    I don't use the GV app for much other than SMS texting when I'm in place wherever there's Wi-Fi available (and also to manage and control the behavior of the service). Calling over Wi-Fi with the devices I have has never proven to be technically seamless, so I avoid it (dropouts mainly).

    I don't have a (now-conventional) full-time, always-on-and-connected data plan component with my cell service (PPC PAYGO), so I use GV over cellular like I have from the start (for me) nine years ago.

    Just a few days ago I was out and about (beyond any Wi-Fi) and needed to send a text to a friend. Instead of using the GV app to message them like I would have at home or work, I went to my Contacts and selected their GV alias number and sent the text through the native Messages app.

    I have incoming SMS to my GV number forwarded to my native cell number (like I do voice calls), although when I'm "in port" (wherever there's Wi-Fi) and remember to, I'll use the GV app and switch off text forwarding. I may occasionally forget that step (or forget to turn it on), but usually no great loss.

    No one knows any of my cell numbers (three different lines on two carriers - PPC and T-Mobile), and so far so good.

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