How to edit number before calling

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by phuong, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. phuong macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    ok i can't find this function in the iphone that every other cellphone has.
    can somebody tell me how to do it?
    or do i have to remember the number then manually enter it with the keyboard?

    if you dont understand why i need this function, here's why: i received a phone call from outside the country. now i want to call back, but i have to add a prefix 011 before that number because i'm calling from Canada. now because it's an international number it has both country code, provincial code and service provider code in it, so it's a very long number i can't remember it. i had to write it down on a paper and then manually dial it because the iphone wouldnt let me add the prefix 011
  2. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    I don't have mine anymore, but I don't think you can. Yet another great iPhone "feature". :rolleyes:
  3. jplan2008 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    You can create a contact and edit the number while you're creating the contact (and if the person may call again, leave both versions so the name will show up when they call again, since it won't recognize number without the 011)
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I believe when you add a contact you can put the number into your iPhone, and then edit the prefix in the add contact section. :cool:
  5. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    What he wants to do is be able to dial the number without writing it down. So what he gets is a number (333) 333-3333 in his caller id, and if he wants to dial that number he has to dial 011-333-333-3333. I'd guess he wants to do this in the phone keypad. Also if you make it a contact, I think you still have to enter the whole number and I don't think you can move the cursor to the part of the number where the area code goes.

    Anyhow I don't know what I'm talking about, I don't have an iPhone in front of me so I'll just shut up about this now.
  6. phuong thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    this is almost exactly what i meant.
    let me explain it more clearly:
    first, i receive an international phone call, in which i got the caller ID in this format :

    +[country code][service provider code][area code][actual phone number]

    now i have this caller ID in my history, so when i want to call back, i browse to it, and then i want to have it copied to the dialing-interface so that i can add the prefix 011 before making the call.

    another situation is where i want to hide my caller ID, so i browse the contact to whom i wish to call, then i want his number copied to the dialing interface so that i can add the prefix *67 or #31# before calling.

    apparently this is currently impossible.
    what you guys proposed to me effectively made it so that i have 2 separate entries for every international contacts, which doesn't seem to make sense at all.
  7. jplan2008 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    I understood from the beginning, and I have the same situation when I receive international calls. I know the solution isn't ideal, but it's better (for me anyway) than your system of writing on a piece of paper and using keypad -- you don't need separate entries -- just have "mobile" be without the 011 (or *67, and "other" be with prefix, or whatever). When I receive a call the first time, I create contact and add the 011, then the next time they call I add it to contact without the 011. Again, not ideal, but not that difficult. (if you do *67 a lot, that would be a pain, though) My issue is that I make international calls with calling cards. I want to have a contact for the access number for the card, then be able to tap a contact for the pin, then tap the contact that I'm calling. But that I know is impossible currently.
  8. sinccb macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    Solution found!!


    Chanced upon this topic while I was searching for edit before dial for my new iPhone 4. :)

    Anyway, I managed to find an app that enables me to do that. So thought I'll share the link to the app here.

    This is the first app that I've found after trying a few that allows me to conveniently dial callback calls when I'm overseas. The other apps have problems calling callback.
  9. moroporo macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    The problem is not only about editing a number from a received call. I sometimes receive phone numbers with an SMS, usually with a missing or wrong prefix. For example I ask a friend to send me the phone number of some person or a restaurant. He sends it say, as 09 555 5555. All I want is to copy this number, paste it to phone keypad screen, change it to +999 555 5555 and call the number. I don't want to add it to contacts. I just want to make a call and I am done with that phone number. So far it is impossible to edit a number which is pasted on the keypad screen. Is there really no way of managing this?

    edit : I have an iPhone 4.
  10. Malay macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2014
    it's been Three years; and still no easy solution :(
  11. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    The number can be copied from recents to the notepad. Edit the number in notes and then select and copy it. Open the phone app and select the keyboard. In the space above the keyboard home your finger down until iOS gives you the option to paste the phone number. Paste the phone number in. You can create a new contact or dial after the number is pasted in. Edit: using 5s on 7.1.2.
  12. Malay macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2014
    Yup as I said; No easy way.
    But thanks for posting.
  13. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    I guess one mans' easy way is another mans' hard way. I found that quite easy although apple should allow a number to be edited before calling.
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's not as easy as editing it right on the keypad screen, but it's certainly closer to that than to anything really complex or long. So, perhaps no easiest way, but still a decently easy way.
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Thanks for bring up a thread from 2008.
    Bring it up again in 3 years or get another phone that does it easier for you would be the simple solution;)
  16. Isneezy macrumors newbie


    May 21, 2016
    Now, allmost 8 years but noting!

    I'm using iPhone 6s with iOS 9.0.3
  17. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    There are workarounds. I use launch center pro, which has a calling feature that lets you copy pasted text. So you can select a phone number, copy it, then paste it into the app before calling.

    Think apps like workflow should let you do something similar as well.
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    You can do that with just the notepad or almost any place where you can enter text (like in Safari or Messages).

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