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Placing a comma after a phone number in Contacts allows you to add useful information. Without the comma, any information after the number will prevent it from auto-dialing on the iPhone, not recognizing it as a phone number.

Before smart phones I often found it useful to add additional information after a phone number in a contacts database, such as an extension number (x123), person's name or initial (John or J), function (billing), etc. The template in Contacts does not have a field for Extension which would allow for this. In addition, with the iPhone, the number itself will not even assume the proper format (area code in brackets, 3 numbers, dash, 4 numbers) if there is any additional information after the number, and therefore you won't be able to dial the number.

Putting a comma after any phone number (read as a one-second pause, as with modems) allows for any such qualifying information to be added. For me this is much easier than creating hundreds of custom fields for phone numbers.
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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: nigbo on Feb 28, '13 09:17:05AM

Excellent tip - but: this way, the label is not shown on the iPhone while dialing or receiving a call. I would prefer this, but this requires custom labels. Too bad.



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 28, '13 10:27:58AM

You know you can create your own labels for number fields, right? Hit Edit when looking at a contact, tap the label, then scroll to the bottom.



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: SwissMac on Feb 28, '13 10:02:17AM

How does this work on an iPhone 5 running iOS 6? The only keypad available is Numeric only. Although there is a 'Pause' key which does insert a comma, there is no way to add any comment after the comma.

This would be very useful when texting friends who own more than one phone, eg one for work and one for home, or one for each of two different countries in which they spend a lot of time (so as to always get local rates for calls and texts). At the moment all I see when a text arrives is their name, not the number of the phone or a label describing it. I have to scroll up though dozens of texts to get to the top of the list, then hit contacts to see which phone I am about to reply to. Yes, I could set up double contacts for each friend with two phones, but that really shouldn't be necessary.

I was hoping this tip would solve that problem, but I cant even apply it! :-(



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 28, '13 10:15:12AM

Tip: Tap the status bar at the top (where the clock is) to instantly scroll to the top of a long screen.

Also: How would this hint help you in your case? You already can't see the number of the person who texted you, so seeing more information in the number field isn't going to improve this...

Edited on Feb 28, '13 10:16:55AM by Unsoluble



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: Emerick on Feb 28, '13 11:48:56AM

You can add a comma after the number on the iPhone by tapping on the '+*#' button and then tap on 'pause'. As described above this enters a comma.



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 28, '13 11:57:14AM

Incidentally, the purpose of the pause (comma) is to allow for automated extension dialing, which kind of addresses another one of the cases listed here. Just enter the extension after a pause (555-1234, 23), and it'll dial it for you. Put in more commas if you need it to wait a bit longer. This business of stuffing other metadata into the phone number field gives me the willies. :)



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: mark hunte on Mar 03, '13 09:12:52AM
Actually the purpose of a comma is to 'pause'. before the next set of code or numbers are sent. Dialling extensions is just one example of it's use.
It is used in modem -> modem communications and part of the Hayes command set
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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: Unsoluble on Mar 03, '13 04:37:40PM

Yeah, I was kind of speaking within the context of dialing numbers on the iPhone.



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: slb on Feb 28, '13 01:19:40PM

You can also add * and # for bridge prompts.
It's very cool how this works too. If you put in a phone number/passcode/initiator codes in the phone number field, it will do them all for you. But - keep an eye on the keypad. To the right of the "End" button, a "dial" button will appear - this allows you to initiate the bridge entries automatically!
The cool thing is that the bridge number will dial normally otherwise, so that as in the case with my work, I can call someone else's bridge with different pass codes than the one I have stored.

Example:
1 (866) 555-1212,123456#,987654#,1

This dials my bridge, enters the passcode, then my initiator pin, and starts the call. Beautiful!

If I just want to call the bridge for someone else's call, I hit the same Contact, and it only dials:
1 (866) 555-1212

Well done, if not entirely hidden from users.



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: robleach on Mar 01, '13 08:02:44AM

What are "bridge prompts"?



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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: earthsaver on Feb 28, '13 11:26:58PM

I'm pretty sure a dial pause is four seconds, not one.

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Add info after phone numbers in Contacts
Authored by: AveryTimm on Mar 09, '13 09:55:34AM

In the old days (I started with a 300 baud modem) the comma was a 2 second delay unless you set it to something different in the s8 register, ex. ATS8=2. You could try setting it before a number to see what happens (I don't have an iPhone or I'd try it). Using multiple commas added delays… ex. ,, was 4 sec and ,,,, would be 8. Another one that might work would be putting a W in the number. That's for "Wait for a Subsequent Dial Tone". So 123-456-7890W123,45,,,5 should dial the number, wait for another dial tone, dial 123, pause 2 sec, dial 45, pause 6 sec then dial 5.

What happens if you put "ATDP " before a number… does it dial in pulse mode? I wish the iPod Touch would play the DTMF tones through the speaker if a tapped on a number in the address book…

I notice that putting x in front of a number in the Mac address book seems to work. If I type 4561237890x45 it changes it to (456) 123-7890 x45.



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Use semicolon for 'waits' not comma
Authored by: tc_nyc on Mar 01, '13 10:31:16AM

Comma is supposed to be a time delay only (not sure if iPhone handles it like a wait). Instead use the semicolon if you want the phone to wait until you press a button to proceed.

For example, to dial someone at extension 123 enter:

1-555-555-1212;123

As mentioned here, it does screw up the phone's recognition in caller ID so it's handy to also have an extension-less version of the number entered somewhere in that contact entry as well.



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Use semicolon for 'waits' not comma
Authored by: Unsoluble on Mar 01, '13 11:27:09AM
Yes, comma ("pause" in the iOS keypad entry thing) only works if the extension (or menu choice) can be entered automatically after a preset delay. Using a semicolon ("wait") will actually present a button on screen (example here) for you to press when needed.

I'm not sure about the messed-up-caller-ID thing, though, as all my contacts with pauses or waits display just fine.

[Edit: Oh, I guess on incoming calls from that number? I suppose that the extension info would cause it to not match in that case; I've never received a call from a number with extensions. :) ]

Edited on Mar 01, '13 11:36:55AM by Unsoluble


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