Group Text Displaying Number Other Than The Originators Number
swgallagher
Enthusiast - Level 1

No one at Verizon seems to be able to answer WHY group texts are generating erroneous numbers that masks the actual sender of the message.   It seems like Verizon is intentionally being oblique in addressing this issue.   In an age of security, most people are hugely wary of opening a text from a number they don't recognize.  This essentially kills the ability to reach those people you are trying to text.  If they don't recognize the number...then they won't open the text thereby rendering the effort as useless.

I've searched a ton of threads on this topic and even noted that the attempt to search on a number of similar topics sends me to threads with absolutely no useful or even related information.

Near as I can see, this problem started back in April but just recently started with me when I updated.

The Verizon responders are dialoguing in the most aggravating of manners which demonstrates that this concern is basically being sent to loop about and is generally being ignored.

So here is your chance Verizon, I think I've not only put in a clear title but also a pretty good problem statement.

Here it is again..."Why is it that when I send out  a group text that the message that comes up on the receivers phone shows a number other than mine (the originator)?"  and, "in this age of security, wasn't this considered as a problem as most people won't open a text from someone that they don't know who the originator is?" 

How is this being addressed?

I can tell you this, and I don't think I'm alone, this is a deal breaker and it compels me to seek another carrier if it's not addressed.

Regards

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copasetical
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I'm sure they will fix this when they fix the Windows app so that it actually works. 🤔🤨😕😞😡

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pam2wise
Enthusiast - Level 2

I have the same EXACT problem.  I created the group.  Gave it a name.  Added a picture.  Sent the text.

Everyone thought their phones had been hacked or received phishing spam trying to steal their information.

Finally, one of the recipients sent me a screenshot.

On their end, the only thing they could see was the group name, picture I added, and the ph# 588-936-5649.

My ph# nor my name appeared anywhere for them.  Each recipient thought they had received a random text because someone had a virus that used information to create a random group and send messages.

Piz
Enthusiast - Level 2

I have the Note 8 and having the same problem. I rely on group texts and this has caused communication failure with my teams. Some receive correctly and some don't,  sometimes it's correct then it isn't. All receivers have me in their contacts. Happens both and iPhones.

I called the number and it says welcome to Verizon, this call can not be placed.

Seriously, this tech isn't new!

 Help

 

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

This definitely is a very important issue and we want to make sure that we're providing assistance to resolve the matter. Your account concerns are our concerns too. Group texting is very important and we want you to be able to send and receive text messages with confidence and ease. Since there are similar and different scenarios provided by our community members, let's work to resolve your specific text messaging concerns. How long have you been experiencing issues with group text messages displaying a phone number other than the originator's phone number? Which text messaging app are you using? (e.g. Verizon Message +, the messaging app included with your Samsung Note 8, etc.) Have there been any recent changes with your device? (e.g. software update, new apps downloaded, etc.)- RobertC_VZW

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btlbugsmom
Newbie

This issue just happened with me as well when I group-texted my daughter and husband.  I have a Samsung Galaxy 7 and this is the first time I've sent a group text since downloading Verizon Message + six months ago.  The "mobile" number they received as 588-937-7768.  My daughter called me to find out if I had just sent the message because she wasn't going to open it.

 

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

We thank you for bringing this to our attention. We understand the importance of ensuring the correct number displays and we'll be happy to help. Is your Verizon Message + app up to date? Also, please ensure your device software is up to date. 

 

ChristianP_VZW

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Piz
Enthusiast - Level 2

The problem is at least from December. I use Verizon Message +.  Updates are all current.  I had a tech ticket with Verizon from Monday and they escalated two levels and then a third and I was told I would be contacted. I received several messages that the problem was being worked and I would be contacted. Then I received a message that the problem (network) was fixed. I tested it and NO IT WAS not fixed.  So another call today, more wasted hours.  I spend 2.5 hrs on this problem on Monday. And I can't use the group texts successfully. The number is similar to the number above, 5889368551.  It was mentioned on Monday that the number may be an error code and not a phone number.  If I send individual messages to the same people, my correct contact information shows up,  

How can this problem be around for over 2 yrs and not have a solid fix?

Ridiculous.  

pam2wise
Enthusiast - Level 2

SAME EXACT PROBLEM 2/23/2020.  Verizon terrible!  Message + App terrible...

I have the same EXACT problem.  I created the group.  Gave it a name.  Added a picture.  Sent the text.

Everyone thought their phones had been hacked or received phishing spam trying to steal their information.

Finally, one of the recipients sent me a screenshot.

On their end, the only thing they could see was the group name, picture I added, and the ph# 588-936-5649.

My ph# nor my name appeared anywhere for them.  Each recipient thought they had received a random text because someone had a virus that used information to create a random group and send messages.

I use a Samsung Galaxy A50.  First time I used the group chat feature.  

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theskirbys
Newbie

This happened to me when I started an enhanced group in order to be able to text with my family members in another state. The text show as if they are coming from a number with a new jersey area code. I'm using a Note 9. Verizon, will someone please address this issue? 

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

Staying connected is paramount, Theskirbys. We would like to learn more about the issue you are experiencing. Are you noticing this with multiple group messages? Is your device up to date with software and applications? ChrisM_VZW

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

This has certainly gone on way too long, Piz. I know your time is valuable, and group messaging is a huge way of communication. Can you please tell me if this happens with all group messaging? Does it happen when you only you initiate messages?

 

VanessaS_VZW

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Piz
Enthusiast - Level 2

Only when I initiate on a group msg +.

Inconsistent for some recipients and others only get the wrong number. One suggested it's an error code. The number very close to from 2017.

I also have a ticket in. And I've heard nothing from tier III.

PATS

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

Piz,

 

I definitely appreciate your patience while dealing with this as we want to make sure you can always count on your group messaging. If a ticket is already in with our network team then waiting on their response is the next step. Have you heard anything since the most recent ticket was submitted?

 

AndrewT_VZW

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JD98
Enthusiast - Level 1

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 and I have also been experiencing similar problems since June 2019 when sending group texts using messenger+.  Somehow it's placing a 1 in front of the phone number of members of the group text - thereby removing identifying information since that number is not in their contacts as such.  It then shows 11 numbers instead of 10 that is loaded under contacts.

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asics447
Enthusiast - Level 1

I am having the same issue 

 

I sent a group text and people immediately blocked it . What is going on ? I just purchased a new Galaxy A50 

vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

Hello, asics447. It is important that your group messages function correctly, and we will make sure any issues are addressed. We have some questions to gather more information. What is the make and model of your device? What text message app are you using?   DavidR_VZW

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mzanoni1986
Newbie

This isn't rare apparently and it JUST started happening. It didn't happen eith the same phone, just with the latest download. This is not related to the kind of phone, or the app used...none of that. It started with the latest download. Why isn't Verizon taking this seriously?

 

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

I depend on text for just about everything, even to confirm phone conversations, so I completely see where you're coming from, swgallagher. You gave an excellent picture of what the issue is, and we appreciate the chance to work with you on finding the issue and fixing it. We’ll need to gather some more details about what’s happening. What text app are you using? Does this happen every time you set up a group message? Does the same erroneous number show up on every device in every group? When you send a text to just one member of the group, how does your number appear? We’ll find what’s going on by ruling out what’s not happening. There’s no way I’m going to let this continue to compel you to seek another carrier.

 

 

GeorgeS_VZW

 

 

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DAVERN66
Newbie

Hi, i followed a bunch of threads on this and don't see where the problem was resolved yet.

My wife just got new phone last week (latest android version), enabled message+ (we did delete and reinstall) and tried sending out a group text that she set up.

Some of the members in the group displayed phone numbers instead of contact names, like me on my Android V4.1.2 (non message+ because no space left) and the from number was the mysterious 588-938-7736 and the 7737, at least one member of the group had the same symptom, and i think the others on iphone were OK...

If she just did a text to multiple contacts, then names appear OK. So something in group isnt sending in a supported format.

Do you have a fix yet or suggestion for older versions?

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