iPhone Number Formatting

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by hanguolaohu, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. hanguolaohu macrumors regular

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    Mar 5, 2007
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    I live in China, but my iPhone formats my phone #'s with the American format (###)###-####. But in China the # format I use most often is:

    Mobiles: +86-###########
    Landlines: +86-21-####-####

    If I input the phone # into my Mac's Address Book, in my preferences I have "Automatically format phone numbers" unchecked, so it will save #'s the way I wrote them in. But if I input the # with my iPhone, it always uses the American format.

    I did some research and someone recommended changing the region in "Settings>General>International>Region Format" to China. But then my date and time is written in Chinese which is a bit annoying for me. I read about Format Fix by Carlo Franchino on Cydia, but I'm running an HK factory unlocked iPhone 3GS and prefer to not jailbreak it.

    So far my solution is to reformat each number I input on my iPhone using my Mac's Address Book.

    Anyone have any good ideas to how to fix this?

    Thanks,
    HL
     
  2. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    Sep 12, 2009
    #2
    I've got no idea, sorry. But why don't you want your iPhone in Chinese?!
     
  3. boko macrumors newbie

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    Oct 9, 2009
    #3
    From what I know, when you enter the country code in front of the phone number, the phone will automatically adjust the number formatting to the country's format. This occurs both when you're adding a contact or dialing a number using the phone app.

    If you didn't include the country code, the number formatting will follow the region format settings.

    Hope this helps :D
     

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