better dialling

asked 2014-01-07 23:41:21 +0300

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updated 2014-01-07 23:42:00 +0300

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IMHO a cool feature for dialling will be allowed to enter a land line number without the city code if you are calling to a number in your city. so if you live in newcastle upon tyne instead of typing 0191[city code] you simply press the number without the city code. the phone will know automatically that you want to call a number in newcastle upon tyne. then if I travel to a different city , it knows i am in that city and the same will apply.

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This will not be easy: Your dialler would need to know, in which city you are (i.e. access to GPS and maps) and what local code to apply. A lot of data to be transferred over the air, probably a delay until all required data are fetched from the maps server, and a server more that knows where you are. Particularly for the last problem: I would not use such feature. (I do not think that it is sensible, to implement such feature as on-board feature: Who will ensure that your on-board geo data base is up to date?)

jgr ( 2014-01-08 00:03:41 +0300 )edit

You wouldn't still save a number without an area code, though. Moreover, you're not tied to a particular exchange under a particular area code. What if you had moved to a different area code between typing and dialing? Easy in a moving vehicle, or just switching cells, or with dodgy GPS reception.

jsiren ( 2014-01-08 00:56:42 +0300 )edit

More sensible would be the following idea: In your Settings you can specify a local code that is applied automatically to any number typed without leading 0 (or +). So you could specify the local code of the area you phone most often and then you can phone these numbers always without typing the local code in front -- independent of were you are (if you include the country code in the Settings, you can even dial the phone number without local/country code from abroad). However, this also has its draw back: Emergency numbers and certain provider service numbers are also without a leading 0. The work-around would be that numbers dialled from the phone book are excluded from adding the local code. But then, this is inconsistent: At one point you can dial without local code, at the other one not ... users will get confused by this.

To make it short: No. Do not do it.

jgr ( 2014-01-08 01:31:44 +0300 )edit

I'm sure this would make a good app for those who really need it. As a built-in phone feature it would be too error-prone, though.

lk ( 2014-01-08 08:03:54 +0300 )edit