At my workplace we have a paging system and when I'm on call I can get paged anytime. The messages that the paging system sends start the same way, is there a way that I could set a different ringtone for those messages?

I guess my question is quite similar to https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/15580/alerts-reminders-based-on-sms-content

I have a Lumia 720 with the Amber Update installed.

If this is not possible does someone know if WP apis allow for access to SMSes, I wouldn't mind trying to roll out a solution on my own.

  • Based on the sender or content? totally different meanings.
    – user1977
    Oct 4, 2013 at 18:37
  • @HaLaBi you are right of course. In my case it doesn't matter as a filter on either the sender or the content would serve the purpose. I'll edit the title of the question to reflect this.
    – nikhil
    Oct 6, 2013 at 18:12

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None of what you are asking for is possible at this time - even with the GDR2/Amber update.

It's not possible to...

  1. Set a custom SMS/Message tone per contact or filter
  2. Access the phone's SMS/Message store via API, or implement anything similiar yourself.

These features may appear in the future so keep an eye out for GDR3 (due late 2013) and the WP 8.1 update due early 2014.


It appears this feature has been added to the GDR3 Preview which is available to developers. GDR3 is expected to be available for all WP8 devices in November.

  • Any sources? That's a bummer. But I guess I'll have to live with that for now.
    – nikhil
    Oct 7, 2013 at 15:44
  • I've added links to the feature requests, which confirm the features don't currently exist - I also know this from looking into the matter in the early WP7 days and keeping an eye on it since. Oct 7, 2013 at 19:05
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    Just a quick update, the GDR3 Preview was released and now it's possible to have a different SMS tone for each person. If you're a WP developer, you can get the GDR3 Preview now - otherwise, you'll have to wait until November (estimated release) Oct 15, 2013 at 12:39
  • Awesome! I do have a developer account, will give it a spin.
    – nikhil
    Oct 16, 2013 at 14:57
  • Confirmed, you can do this with GDR3
    – caschw
    Oct 16, 2013 at 15:41

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