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How to insert a contact's phone number in a text message - not as vcf

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  • patriciamoll Mar 12, 2011

    Thanks. But when I do that it becomes a "multimedia message". I would like to insert number in text.


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There is no way you can acheive this on Symbian / Nokia S60 phones. But you can use other third party applications to do it. Here is a free tiny software: Symbsoft Tools - Sms Contact, it is a value-add application to forward selected contact details to other recipients via Sms in the plain text format. No vCard(.vcf), every phone can read it.Pick a contact from the native address book, select one or more details to forward, and go! It's so convenient!

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Hi there,

This depends on the capability of your phone. For most phones, once you have composed the message, just click menu or options, you will see list of choices. If there is a choice that says "insert number". Once you choose this option, you will automatically go to your phonebook, just search for the number and insert it.

Hope this helps.

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(1) Skype's built-in "import contacts" utility (Tools-->Import Contacts...). You will go through a wizard that checks Outlook, Hotmail, and Yahoo (NOT gmail) address books.

Please not that there is a HUGE catch to this utility. After checking to see if any of your contacts are already using skype (under the exact same name), it lists all your contacts and the following lunatic request:

"Share Skype with your friends! Would you like to invite the rest of your friends to start using Skype? Select the friends you would like to invite and click "Finish" to complete invitation."

In other words, you have to spam everyone you know in order to transfer their details into skype. After such a stunt, you will be lucky if they haven't put you on their block lists. Forget about business contacts. Calling an "invitation" feature "Import Contacts" is extremely misleading to say the least. I almost did not continue with skype after realizing this tactic.

(2) The second option is the "Restore Contacts" utility (Skype--Tools-->Advanced-->Restore Contacts from file...). It opens a little file browser where you can locate a VCF file on your computer, which you have previously exported from another address book.

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