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Support Specific Ringtone for one text message address

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by treydawgmt, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. treydawgmt

    treydawgmt New Member
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    Hello all. I'm new to the forum, and though I've had my Evo for 4 or 5 months, I'm still quite new to it!

    I'm trying to figure out if this is possible. I work for a fire department, and overtime is paged out when it is available, and we have 30 minutes to reply. It is paged though an email interface, and arrives as a text message on my phone. The text message comes from an email address (fdhireback@ourdepartment.com) It always comes from the same address, and shows as a text message.

    What I would like to do, is have that one text message address have a very unique (and loud) ring tone/song/etc played, so I pay attention when it is sent, and don't ignore the text.

    Is this possible at all? Anyone have an idea?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Mr. Ed

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    it is not possible with the stock messaging app. you can use handcent messages or chompsms to achieve this

    I use handcent...and several contacts/email addy's have their own unique notification tone
     
  3. boteman

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    I just tested by sending a text msg to my buddy with an Evo and even though he has a custom ringtone configured for me it just sounded the default SMS alert.

    Would they be amenable to adding another destination address? If so, you or somebody affiliated with the dispatch center could set up a mailing list address. Any mail that comes into that address would be blasted out to the members of that list, yours included.

    Then you could set up a separate mail account on your Android just for your fire alerts and set a specific "ringtone" in K-9 mail to retrieve it. This is what I have done for 4 e-mail accounts that I have in K-9 and it works great. If the group address is a Google Mail account you would get the benefit of their spam filtering if the address ever leaks out to the spamming nether world; I'd use GMail for this if you go that way.

    The downside to this is that e-mail is a best-effort service so it might take several minutes for the message to arrive. Sometimes e-mails are just dropped on the floor if a server along the way gets overloaded. SMS seems much snappier, although I have seen cases where they get delayed or dropped as well. It's a balancing act.
     
  4. akazabam

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  5. treydawgmt

    treydawgmt New Member
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    Ok, so I've tried handcent and it appears to be working. My question now pertains to the default messaging. Can I get rid of it/turn it off. Right now I'm getting two notifications for every text message, two alerts, etc...

    Thanks!
     
  6. akazabam

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    Open Messages -> menu -> Settings -> Uncheck Received notification (and Sent notification if you use that).
     
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