American iPhone - English firmware?

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  1. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    Im buying an original iPhone of eBay, and there is an American one selling. I don't want the number being displayed all weird and American like. If I restored it in England with my iTunes, would it put on the English firmware with correct phone number display?

    thanks
     
  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    I don't know what this "English" firmware you're talking about is. Apple doesn't make a version specific to England.
     
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    that's a carrier issues as well (I believe) There aren't "American" and "English" phones.
     
  4. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    the formatting of phone numbers and everything else can be changed in settings
    all firmwares for the iphone are the same
     
  5. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, English numbers are different than American ones? :eek:
     
  6. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    dont know if you are being sarcastic...
    but numbers are different in every country
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Amazingly, people speak languages other than English outside the US as well.
     
  8. Sky Blue Guest

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    Strange. I always thought the number 5 in England was the same as the number 5 in the US. Maybe 5 is really 6?
     
  9. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    We all use the same digits, just that different parts of the world format dates, times, currency, etc differently.

    Example:

    In England they format time like this- 12.34 PM
    whereas in the US we format it like this- 12:34 PM
     
  10. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    ok i see what he means now (but there are some very stupid people on this forum)

    this is the sort of thing i thought he meant:
    apple US support: 1-800-275-2273
    apple UK support: 08708760753

    apple thing english people have the time like this: 12.34 or 00.34 as the iphone only allows 24 hour clock when set to UK
     
  11. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can't believe people didn't realize that the above example is what I was trying to explain. I guess some people can be dense at times. Thank you, philgilder for having common sense.

    Anyway, I can't remember seeing an option to change the number format. Are you sure I would be able to change this if I bought an American phone?
     
  12. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    yes, it will be fine
    go into settings > general > international, and there you can change it
     
  13. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    Settings -> General -> International -> Region Format
     
  14. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks :)
     
  15. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps you should have used more "common sense" when you were typing your post.

    Are you talking about the date/time format? (you didn't say this) Or the phone number format? (which you did say BUT I don't see how it would be different)


    Really? Man, are you a teacher or something?
     
  16. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    see my post earlier - it is very different, no dashes, no 1-800 etc
     
  17. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You have really never seen the difference between english and american phone number format?!
     
  18. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    further to my earlier post, this is an American number:
    (303) 555-1212

    and a uk one:
    (01234) 312507

    these numbers may be real, i have no idea if they are
     
  19. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen UK numbers before, but I have never called one so I didn't really pay any attention to it.

    So basically you don't want the number you are entering to have dashes and parenthesis?
     
  20. skubish macrumors 68030

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    The sarcasm scrolls like butter in this thread.
     
  21. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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  22. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    The reading comprehensive level of some of the people posting are amazing!
     
  23. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    The iphone doesn't really handle uk numbers properly, but then that's not surprising as it doesn't have the number format database in it only a set of generic rules. It assumes one format and sticks to it. I imagine that's similar for different countries.

    To quote wikipedia.. here's a list of example formats

    (020) xxxx xxxx London
    (029) xxxx xxxx Cardiff
    (0113) xxx xxxx Leeds
    (0131) xxx xxxx Edinburgh
    (01382) xxxxxx Dundee
    (01386) xxxxxx Evesham
    (015396) xxxxx Sedbergh
    (016977) xxxx Brampton
     
  24. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

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    That's smart.
     
  25. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    You've been a member here for over a year, I thought you'd be used to it by now :D It certainly doesn't surprise me... ;)
     

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