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brambles

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inca (2018)
Camino Frances (June/July 2019)
I have tried looking online, but I am still confused. I am used to using WhatApp with people already in my contacts list, but what if I want to contact say, an albergue using WhatsApp and do not want to create a new contact for them?
Also, when I have been in other countries I was surprised that people contacted me through WhatsApp when I had not given them my WhatsApp number. How did they search for my contact info? I would like to be able to do this also.
 

Tincatinker

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
My understanding of Wotsup is that is an encrypted network that allows people who wish to communicate with each other to communicate. Thats why you set up and join Wotsup groups.

I am as surprised as you that people who are not a member of any Wotsup group that you are a member of can contact you via Wotsup other than to invite you to join their group which means, presumably, that they are already a member of a Wotsup group that you are a member of or they have access to the communication device of someone who has your contact details on their device or you have already shared your contact details with them by perhaps not opting out when you shared your personal contact details with an airline, hotel, transport provider etc etc...

Meanwhile, most Albergues have published 'phone numbers and Hospis and volunteers who will answer the 'phone. It is a really efficient means of communication and you don't even have to join anything ;)
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
WhatsApp is just a wifi/data-based messaging service. All someone needs is your mobile number to check whether you're registered on WhatsApp, and then they can use the app to contact you (which lots of people prefer to do, as it saves them spending credit on a text message). And once they've contacted you, they'll be on your contact list. If you want to kick them off the list, you'll have to block them. Here's how.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
When you contact someone new using a smart phone their info automatically goes into your smart phone and if that contact goes into your phone your Whatsap app will automatically enter them into your Whatsapp contacts if they are Whatsapp connected - is how the app works.
so - if you want to contact anyone, such as refugios and they are Whatsapp connected they will appear.

The way to avoid this is

1) don't phone refugios, just turn up in a town or village at the point that you get tired and find somewhere to stay,

or 2) find a phone box and use that landline - .

there is a 3) - get rid of WhatsApp from your phone.

or even better - 4) get rid of your smartphone and go back to a dumb phone that just makes and takes calls and texts - a pal of mine has an old Nokia that only does that and his life is so simple and he is so happy! (I might get him a smartphone for his birthday, why shouldn't he suffer like us :) )

Buen Camino ;)
 
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Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
4) Disable caller ID on your phone
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
You can only use WhatsApp to contact an albergue if they use a smartphone with WhatsApp installed on it. This is not always the case.
I use the Viber app to make low cost calls using Viber credits to landlines and phones without WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook messenger, etc.
 

brambles

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inca (2018)
Camino Frances (June/July 2019)
I actually didn't mind that they contacted me. In fact, each time it was quite useful, but just surprising. At some point I must have given them my phone number when I thought we had only emailed. I just talked to a friend who uses whatsapp a lot more than I do and she said that yes, I must create a contact. It's not a big deal but I do wish it were more like simple texting where you just type in a number and send the text. With Whatsapp you have to type in a name, number and then the text (if new contact). At least now I know to do this. I am, however, often confused by country codes etc. :)
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
I have tried looking online, but I am still confused. I am used to using WhatApp with people already in my contacts list, but what if I want to contact say, an albergue using WhatsApp and do not want to create a new contact for them?
Also, when I have been in other countries I was surprised that people contacted me through WhatsApp when I had not given them my WhatsApp number. How did they search for my contact info? I would like to be able to do this also.
There is a way to check to see who else on your contact list uses Whatsapp. My husband is on the Norte now, and we talk by phone most days using this app.
 

Mera

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
My understanding is that if someone already uses WhatsApp, another person can just enter that person' number to reach via WhatsApp. The most, if not all, of the published alburgue numbers are landlines so WhatsApp or texting is not possible.
I have tried looking online, but I am still confused. I am used to using WhatApp with people already in my contacts list, but what if I want to contact say, an albergue using WhatsApp and do not want to create a new contact for them?
Also, when I have been in other countries I was surprised that people contacted me through WhatsApp when I had not given them my WhatsApp number. How did they search for my contact info? I would like to be able to do this also.
 

Jim Stinson

ibrew4u
Camino(s) past & future
5/2015 CF
4/2017 CF
5/2019 CF fr Astorga
I have one contact named albergue. I just edit the number from town to town as I am unlikely to call them back after moving down the road.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
One of the config options in Whatsapp is “upload my contact list”. Whatsapp suggests this so you will know who is calling you. But it also gives them all your contacts, notes, birthdays etc. As Whatsapp is a Facebook company, this is equivalent to providing that info to Facebook. If you don’t mind doing that, fine. I don’t (upload my contact list). Same comment for (facebook) Messenger.
 
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Felipe

Veteran Member
My feeling is that the camino albergues (the private ones, the only that accept reservations) are decidely a low tech business. It would be interesting to know if they start to accept whatsup as mean of communication -but I doubt it.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
My feeling is that the camino albergues (the private ones, the only that accept reservations) are decidely a low tech business. It would be interesting to know if they start to accept whatsup as mean of communication -but I doubt it.
My experience this year was the opposite. I used WhatsApp to make 90% of my reservations on the Vasco, Olvidado and Invierno. Even in places that only list a land line number (I am thinking of O Pillabán in A Rúa and Torre Vilariño, both on the Invierno), when I asked them about whether they would like me to put cell phone numbers in the Invierno guide so people could WhatsApp them, they enthusiastically said yes. I think that many peregrinos are a bit intimidated about talking in Spanish on the phone, so WhatsApp is perfect. It also gives you a record in case of any confusion.
 

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