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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rgarner, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    My X Charge friend was getting messages and one had a number at the top, I think on the left. He wants to hear from these guys but doesn't know how. What can I do? I guess he wrote down the number.
     


  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Call the number
     
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  3. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I tried calling the number (5 digits). It hangs up almost immediately. Should I type it somewhere instead?
     
  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Are 5 digit phone numbers valid for whatever country you're in? Some countries and networks do use them for abbreviated short-codes.

    I know in the UK 5 digit short-codes can be used for SMS, for not phone calls AFAIK. Whereas in China 5 digit codes are used for both SMS and phone calls(usually for calling companies, banks, organisations, govt departments, etc.)
     
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  5. Rgarner

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    As far as I know, there aren't any. I guess this is some kind of text thing. It's probably that "text (whatever) to (whatever)" kind of thing.
     
  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    never heard of a 5 digit text phone number. what text message app are they using?
     
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  7. Rgarner

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    It's just the plain regular message app that came with the X Charge, I guess. The number's in the upper left. I wish it did have a plain regular phone number.
     
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  8. MoodyBlues

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    I have. On channel 5, they used to say 'text [whatever] to 51515'--then later it became 515151.
     
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  9. MoodyBlues

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    If it's like other numbers I've seen, you just enter that number as the number you're texting to.

    See my reply to @ocnbrze--when they're giving away tickets to Disneyland or something, they'll say, 'text [their word] to 515151.'
     
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  10. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    oh yessssss those. never really understood how they worked.
     
    #10 ocnbrze, Jul 16, 2020
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  11. Rgarner

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    I don't get it either. How do you know the number where to send it? We need to get that number.
     
  12. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Have SMS short-codes been changed from 5 digits to 6 digits in the US?
     
  13. MoodyBlues

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    You and me both, neighbor! :thinking:
     
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  14. MoodyBlues

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    I don't know. The only one I know offhand is KTLA's, that I used as an example. [I watch their morning news daily.] I remember thinking, at some point, when they started saying 515151, that it had been 51515. I can't say with certainty that all other 5-digit codes went away, too.
     
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  15. MoodyBlues

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    You said in your OP that you think your friend wrote it down. Try texting something to it! Worst case scenario...well, they could block you I suppose. But if trying it is your only option, go for it. Either that or try to find the sender on social media, and ask them there for the correct number.
     
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  16. Rgarner

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    I looked on Facebook but couldn't find it. Is there another way? I'm still trying to make the Cricket sim from the LG X Charge work with the Samsung S5. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
     
  17. Rgarner

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    I'm going to try to post a screenshot of that message. We're lucky to have it. Maybe it'll be easier to figure our then.
     

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  18. MoodyBlues

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    Well, to me, it looks like 40807 is the number. Am I missing something?

    And congratulations on posting a pic! :) Next time, after it uploads, selecting 'full size' will display it inline, rather than as a thumbnail that has to be clicked on to view. It's up to you, but I prefer inline images--less work involved viewing them! :D
     
  19. Rgarner

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    Believe me that it was pure luck. What the heck do I do with that number? I guess I can't call it and if I look it up online I get stuff involving that zip code.
     
  20. They're usually no reply numbers (You can STOP) if they're not prize entry numbers. What's with the address provided? No luck?

    Another guess is they don't know your number and that's all they want for spam or a scam.
     
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  21. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    It's not a zip code. It's a reply only number that a lot of businesses use.
    You cannot call them on this type of number. I get these messages from everything from Amazon to USPS so there's nothing to be alarmed about.
    You cannot add them as a contact. Sam I am....
     
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  22. Rgarner

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    Do you mean the url? I'm not sure if ir's the right one, but my friend has talked to this guy. We really have to figure out how to reach them.
    .
     
  23. Rgarner

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    What good does it do if nobody can reach them or add them as contacts? That doesn't make a lot of sense. How the heck is anybody supposed to use that?
     
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  24. I'm not clear on how and when he/she talked to them, and I'm across the pond where similar can happen. Did your friend hear of this offer or was it a cold call?
    I personally wouldn't move on it unless they gave a company email and physical address but don't want to sound patronising as you will know more than I do.
    There's a lot of rental deposit fraud going on in the UK, but personally understand the need for finding an accessible/affordable route to accommodation.
    It said nothing down (deposit) but generally they get an upfront fee or security deposit by persuasion anyway if it's a scam.
    Those are my thoughts. Good luck.
     
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  25. Rgarner

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    I'm sorry I don't know much more about it than what I mentioned. Viewrent2own.net isn't their email address? It looks as if it is one
     
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