Wildcard Phone Numbers in Address Book?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by WindBreak247, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. WindBreak247 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2012
    Hello. I recently switched to my personal iPhone for work use, and as an IT manager I'm in a role where I get SMS pages as applicable. I'm not sure what's under the covers, but the texts come through to me in the range of 1 (410) 000-001 through -xxx (it's up to like 103 at this point). I was hoping it would stop & start reusing numbers at some point, but I'm quickly coming to the realization that this could go all the way through -999, and who knows what beyond that. Anyway, I created an Address Book entry where I was hoping to capture these texts so they aren't scattered among my Messages app as these random numbers, as well as assign them a different tone so I know it's a work SMS vs. personal, and for a while, every time a new number came through I was adding it, hoping maybe that's the last one. But I gave up after I got into the 30s. :)

    So instead of manually entering all these numbers into my Address Book entry, is there a way to enter a wildcard, where I could just put 1 (410) 000-*** or some such and capture this range of numbers?

    I'm guessing no since this is a fairly specific need/application, but as we all know Apple can be pretty savvy, so thought I'd ask if this was an option or if anyone else had any other bright ideas for trying to capture these texts so I know they're work related.

    As an aside, I've seen some of these numbers before from friends who used free texting apps, so it's not 100% fool proof, but these days I think I can be fairly confident a vast majority of texts coming through like this will be work.

    Thanks in advance for any attention to this!
  2. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Nothing I've found. I'm up to 20 individual contact entries now and the incoming numbers don't repeat... Mine are from Google Calendar notifications.
  3. WindBreak247 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2012
  4. 727driver macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2010
    An airport somewhere

    I have the same problem. I get text updates for work stuff and the number it comes from increments by 1 with every text. So far I am up to 103. Having a wild card would be great so I could set a custom alert for numbers from a set range.

    Come on apple this can't be that hard to impliement

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