Does the iPhone just DISPLAY the number as formatted for the country I'm in, but retain the non-formatted version I created so that it can reformat it again to display in a relevant way when I change country? That is to say, does iPhone ACTUALLY store the unformatted number I created in Address Book on Mac, but simply DISPLAY the number according to each country I'm in? (I'm finding this issue very difficult to express, but it is vital to me and my business.)
I'm currently having the same problem. When I export my contact information from my HTC Desire HD memory card and then import them into my MBP Address Book it automatically puts in a hifan (dashes). I have changed my prefrences to United Kingdom and for the custom layout to be +########## but still no luck.
I was just wondering whether you resolved the issue at all?
No sorry mattflynn, I've not found a solution. I don't think there is one. It's unfortunately one of those situations where the technology designers take responsibility for deciding what the end user really wants, without any way of overriding it.
I'm even finding that some numbers format differently from other numbers, and that when I change the settings for another country I'm in, it chnages some of the formatting again! Has a mind of its own. Amazing. I'd have thought that it was more difficult to design this method than a plain, format-your-own-phone-numbers system.
Does your HTC Desire re-format +########### neutral strings of numbers also?
I have the same problem guys but i found half the solution:
It seems you can custom format numbers (many custom formats) in address book on a mac.
Then address book is smart enough to figure out which format to use for which country.
i.e. if you put +44 XXX XXX XXXX for a uk number, then it will automatically format it to THAT format as soon as you enter a number starting with 44. Furthermore, it will automatically update all +44 numbers to that format. You can have as many custom formats
Then have everything synced automatically via icloud.
Though it looks great in Address book,
i still have a problem getting all that nice formatting to show up on the 4s