How To Send Contact Information In Text Messages From Windows Phone 7?

Here’s an interesting question: How do you send a contact stored in your Windows Phone’s contact list over text message?

We’ll let’s see what you are allowed to do in Windows Phone 7’s Metro UI:

  • Go to Messaging
  • Select a prior conversation or select someone’s name or even type someone’s mobile phone number.
  • Start typing their contact information, type “Hey Joe, here is the contact information for Mike:”
  • Then you copy-paste Mike’s contact information…but… wait, wait, there’s no copy-paste here. (We knew that, it’s coming in January!), but even if copy-paste were available, would you copy-paste all contact information one by one? copy mobile number, paste mobile number, copy email, paste email… that’s too cumbersome.
  • Luckily there are both free and paid apps for that and their names are:
  • textContact Light (free)
  • textContact Pro ($0.99)

textContactThese nifty little apps are for sending your contacts to someone else over text message. They are very simple and straightforward. You create the message by typing whatever text you want; then choose to add a phone or an emai which takes you to the contact selector. You pick which one and your are done and can send the text message.

The paid version has more fancy features where you can save the most frequent messages in a “favorites” sort of list. You can also keep the most recent text messages.

The free version is add-supported. This version in particular is highly ranked (45 in the world and 40 in the US under the Free Tools category).

CreateSMS-MenuCreateSMSWhen you start using the application, you go straight to the test editor, where you enter the main text that will be sent in the text message. As you can see, the menu allows you to clear, save, add email, add phone, access history, saved sms or the about page. The clear menu option empties the current text entered. The save option will let you store the content, add email lets you choose a contact’s email to insert into the text message. The add phone will let you choose a contact’s phone to be inserted into the text message. History and saved sms will let you access the history page and the saved sms page that will be described in a few paragraphs.CreateSMS-Menu-ChooseAContactCreateSMS-WithAttachedContacts

Once you decided what type of contact information to insert, you choose the particular contact you want to select the email or phone number from. Selecting them is easy and has the same features you find in the common Metro UI for selecting contacts. Just swipe up or down to get to your contact or touch the letter they are archived under and you will be able to jump into that particular letter. Selecting a particular contact should not take you more than a touch, a scroll and touching the actual name. You can combine as many sets of contacts as you want. If the message is too long it still gets cut off in blocks of 160 characters long allowed by text messages.

SavedSMSHistoryUnder history, it will show you the last 10 messages. This gives you a quick view at what you sent out last. It comes very handy. The saved sms page lets you save the most used messages/contacts so you can save and use them as many times as you want.

If you have textContact Pro, then you get a few more tools, that will help you get there a bit faster. Overall both of them are very helpful and do the intended job efficiently and without any unnecessary features. I recommend both these apps if you normally send out contacts from your cell. Even if you don’t usually send them, it makes sense that you would have an app like this one ready to be used, in such cases I would recommend that you go for the free app and live with the ads that pay the developer for their efforts in releasing both versions.

About Diego Samuilov

Editor in Chief/Founder Diego Samuilov is an executive, consultant, IT strategist and book, e-book and web published author. Diego has worked in Microsoft’s environments since 1990. Since then, he has successfully filled many positions related to the Software Development lifecycle. Having worked as a developer, analyst, technical lead, project lead, auditor and, since 1996 a project manager, manager, director and VP in the Software Development, Server, Desktop and Mobile environments. Diego is very passionate about the software development process, which has played a great part in his skills development. Since the introduction of the first ever PDA (the Apple Newton MessagePad) in 1994 and Windows CE in 1998 he has pioneered and pushed the envelope in the field of mobile software development. He has developed many solutions used in mobile markets, desktop and server environments. He participates in public and private developer community events. He actively collaborates with the community at support forums and blogs. Diego is the author of "Windows Phone for Everyone" available [HERE].