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I have always been frustrated that when I am in another country (away from my “home” country) that numbers in my Call display to not automatically match to the numbers in my Contact list.
Let’s say I have a contact named “Bruce” with a Australian mobile number stored in the contact list as “+61 (0) 410 999 888” . I would expect that, while I’m in Australia, when Bruce calls I would see his name/ringtone/etc but instead I just see “041099988” on the call display. Of course the call log is broken, too.
Here’s the fix for the problem :
Your BlackBerry has something called “Smart Dialling” which tries to match that incoming number to a stencil for the country you normally reside in.
Simply change that option to reflect the country that you’re going to be in and everything works out great. For me in Australia, I changed the Country Code from “+1” to “+61” and changed the area code from “604” to “0” and the rest takes care of itself. In the UK I would change the country code to +44 and leave the area code as 0.
To get a Smart Dialling just go to your Call Log (hit the green button) and then use the menu to bring up Options – it’s the bottom choice there.
I tested this on an old 7100 (OS 4.1) and a Bold (OS 4.6)
If you are working in a place that has a different country code than your own, then this makes perfect sense.
PS: I really believe that you should also try and get in the habit of storing your contact numbers with the full number as in +1 604 555 1212 even if you’re never planning to leave your home country – it just makes long distance dialling so much easier if you go to a new state or province and it also allows for a professional exchange of contact information so that your recipient gets a nicely formatted record from you, as well.