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paste a phone number?

8550 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2009 7:04 AM by val11hooch RSS
mfs123 Calculating status...
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Jun 21, 2009 1:20 PM
I understand that the phone is supposed to recognize phone numbers in Safari/email messages and give you an option to dial them. What if the phone doesn't recognize a string of numbers as a phone number, and doesn't provide the option to dial it? First of all, why? And second, is there any way to use copy/paste to dial the number? The best I could figure out was to copy the number, create a new calendar item, paste the number there, save, close and then open the calendar item, and then dial the number. Is there no way to open the dialer and paste in a string of digits?
  • RestlessFool Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 1:58 PM (in response to mfs123)
    Perhaps creating a 'Contact' might be a more direct option? You can paste numbers into those AND they're there for future use too!
    MacPro and MacMini, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Multi-various, sadly including things that run Microsoft natively
  • Saxman_N_SC Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2009 4:59 PM (in response to mfs123)
    The same holds true on Calendar entries. It would be great if the iPhone would recognize a phone number entry in the Calendar and let you dial it. This is a major problem for Business Users.
    iMac and iPhone 3GS, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • slomanz Calculating status...
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    Jun 25, 2009 8:27 PM (in response to mfs123)
    +1 for this feature. trying to convert from a blackberry and this capability was a very nice time saver. it even had the capability, if the number was entered correctly, to do pauses and passcodes (i.e. 800 number x 123456 would dial the conference line, pause, and enter the passcode automatically). awesome feature for those that spend their lives on concalls.

    at the very least, let me paste a number regardless where it came from - calendar, some web pages don't register phone numbers, etc.
    mbp 2.2, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • clhoover89 Calculating status...
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    Jun 29, 2009 9:36 AM (in response to mfs123)
    I don't have a solution but I can't echo any louder the sentiment expressed here. With 6 plus conference calls a day with 6 different dial ins and 6 different 8 digit passcodes, the ability to click once to dial each is a major time saver that I lived on with my blackberry. Powers that be: please heed our call.
    iPhone 3GS, iPhone OS 3.0
  • Drew Troutner Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jun 29, 2009 11:33 AM (in response to Saxman_N_SC)
    If you click on the calendar entry the phone numbers are recognized through the data detectors on 3.0, and all you have to do is touch it and it will dial for you.
    2.4 GHZ MacBook Pro, 15 in, 4 GB RAM, iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone, 160 gb iPod
  • slomanz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 30, 2009 2:31 PM (in response to Drew Troutner)
    I have only seen this work if the number is in the notes field. If the number is in the location (field on the appt), it does not recognize a phone number.
    mbp 2.2, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • igrok-mac Level 3 Level 3 (930 points)
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    Jun 30, 2009 3:36 PM (in response to mfs123)
    If the number is not recognized as a phone number, you don't have to create a contact to have the number dial-able. In fact, I created a Note just for this purpose. Copy the number and paste it in a Note. Tap Done to get out of the keyboard. You can then dial the number by tapping it. In fact, if you put an email address in a Note, a tap will open Mail with that address in the To field.

    So when I have a day where I have a bunch of call-ins, I just paste them all into a Note. Haven't figured a way to dial the passcode numbers though. Just have to remember a few, tap them in, switch to Notes, remember more, return to phone, etc.
    macs, iphone, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Academianut Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2009 7:43 AM (in response to igrok-mac)
    But... I'm pretty sure it used to do this. I seem to remember being able to do this on my 1G iPhone. Anyone else have any insights? I looked through the settings, but couldn't find any menu item to fix this.
    White Macbook 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Belongs to my job
  • IPhoneholic Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2009 4:15 PM (in response to mfs123)
    if the number doesn't get high lighted then there is something wrong with phone try sending your self an email with any number you pick and see if it work and it should wor (make sure it better be 10 digit #)
    about paste and copy in the keypad NO it doesn't paste there.
    try rebooting or restoring the phone good luck
    Macbook 13" ,IPhone 3Gs, IMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Nothavingfun Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2009 6:50 AM (in response to IPhoneholic)
    I am really starting to hate this phone. I may have to return it regardless of how many accessories I've had to buy.
    Iphone, iPhone OS 3.0, Na
  • val11hooch Calculating status...
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    Aug 10, 2009 7:04 AM (in response to Nothavingfun)
    if it's a 10-digit code it perfectly works, though in the BlackBerry world there is a notion of BB-friendly numbers where passcodes and confirmation codes are appended to the number to let callers "click once and for all". something like:
    +1.888.999.7711x123#x653#

    such a format is supported in BB easing life of conference dialers. in iphone i didn't find a way to make it "dialable" in a meeting request or a note. although if you create a contact it works. for the above example it would be:
    +1.888.999.7711,123#,653#

    but at best in the meeting request the part before first comma is picked if a space used just after it. in case of no space it's not recognized as a phone format and isn't avaible for dialing.
    iPphon 3GS, iPhone OS 3.0

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