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Phone Numbers
Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
Title text: Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Needs more detail and other views

Cueball, representing Randall, has several phone numbers stored under a contact entry on his phone for White Hat. Often, people who have known each other for a long time may have old information recorded for each other, which may no longer be accurate. However, in this case, only one of the phone numbers is (possibly) outdated.

White Hat's answer reveals a complicated history of communication practices. This cobbled-together personal technology is a common theme for Randall, see #1254 for another example.

Also White Hat never actually answers the question originally posed by Cueball. Cueball just wants to know which number to use, and White Hat explains what each one is. This is almost entirely useless information to Cueball. Most cell phone contact lists don't have a way to save details about each number (such as "should always work but doesn't accept texts.") Many do let you label a number as "work" or "cell" but not to the detail that White Hat provides.

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[White Hat is looking at a smartphone held out by Cueball]
Cueball: I have five phone numbers for you. Which one should I use?
White Hat: That first one is my cell- you should use the Google Voice one, since it will forward to my laptop if I'm on WiFi. #5 is my work number, which just forwards to #1. #3 should always work but can't do texts.
White Hat: You can delete #4. I think.
[Caption under the panel:] Another reason I never call people.


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