Different Phone Numbers in a Contact

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  1. terrapin1969 macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2015
    Was looking through my son's iPhone 6 - I notice that several of his friends have a listed "mobile" number and an "iphone" number - They are different numbers. What does this mean?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Depends. On any number of things.

    On the face of it, iPhone is for iPhones and mobile is for non-iPhones. That's fairly simplistic of course, but as an example, I use Google Contacts for my contacts and the default is always 'mobile' even if I am entering a number for an iPhone. When I do, I have to change the tag to iPhone.

    Used to be that you needed to make it say iPhone if you wanted to be able to iMessage someone using an iPhone. It's not an issue any more it seems. But it may be a way of telling your son that 'X' number is iMesage and 'X' number is for non-iMessage.

    I doubt it's anything sinister though.
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sounds like the person has two numbers. What that means is hard to say. Perhaps one is an old number, or perhaps it's another actual device, or maybe a Google Voice number, or a Sideline number, or something else like that.
  4. Cogsworth macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2015
    When someone has two different numbers, you can label them anything you want...iPhone, Mobile (for friends that have non-iPhone cells), Home, Work, Main...so it sounds like some of his friends have more than one number and he just chose those labels. Doesn't really mean anything. I could enter my home number and label it "Work" if I wanted to.

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