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THOUGHT: How many Mobile Phone number fields Outlook (Mobile) should have?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 22.05.07 - 14:31:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 19943x
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Not sure how it is about you but for me, Outlook lacks one important field: private mobile phone numbers. Outlook has many fields for contact details, like Assistant phone number (very useful), Business Fax, Home Fax, Other Fax (three fax number fields? ), Pager (who is using a Pager today), Primary and Radio (what ever it is) and even Telex (though the last Telex was disconnected in the late 80s in the last century) but Outlook 2007 has just one filed for mobile numbers!
I'm not going to say that all the previously mentioned fields doesn't make any sense anymore today but please - why just one Mobile field after Microsoft just recently introduced its new Outlook 2007, Exchange 2007 and Windows Mobile 6? Wouldn't it be the perfect timing to introduce new fields?

The point is the following: Most people I know are carrying two or more mobile phones these days (and no, only something <1% are geeks). One for business purpose and one private and therefore most of my contacts have at least two MSISDNs which I need to remember and write down anywhere. But I have one Mobile field in Outlook (2007) only and therefore one Mobile field on Windows Mobile smartphones. I've started to add additional mobile phone numbers into the Car field which worked good for the first 10 contacts or so but now, for most contacts I cannot remember anymore if the Mobile or Car number is the private or business number since it always depends which mobile number I've added first.

How about you? Are your business contacts, friend and family members are carrying more then one mobile phone only and how do you add more then one mobile phone number to your Outlook? Do you also think Outlook 2007+ should better have new fields since the fields above are not representing today's world of communication anymore?

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by chazyak on 22.05.07 - 18:15:44

Add a custom-field, call it private-mobile.

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.05.07 - 19:19:05

But custom fields are not synchronized with Windows Mobile devices and in 100 % of all cases, I'm calling folks from my smartphone, not from my PC. wink

Posted by Fab on 22.05.07 - 22:11:10

"(and no, only something <1% are geeks)"

harhar, Arne - get some reality big_smile

but anyhow your post is sooooo true. it gets even more annoying if you sync with windows mobile as well as with symbian. as series 60 happens to have fields for private and business number the outlook number ends up in the mobile private field. when i edit this to business and add another for private and sync back one gets lost - aaarrrggg

Posted by Arne Hess on 23.05.07 - 14:48:55

Fab, no kidding! Most of my friends are not geeks or to be more precises - non of them except the friends I have in/from the industry... Harhar... wink

BTW: How many times I have told you not to use Symbian anymore? C'm on, there are so many great Windows Mobile devices out now - why do you want to still use Symbian? wink KIDDING!

As a sync-workaround you could try a SyncML OTA but this might ends in a screwed PST. big_smile I gave up, even if my carrier of choice offers such a solution. You might want to look if yours offers something similar? roll

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