In an earlier question, I asked how to handle international phone book entries while traveling internationally. The simple answer was simply to store phone numbers in their international form, which works like a charm, except for one thing.

Incoming text messages don't always get assigned to the proper contact.

I may send a text to contact Bob, who's phone number is +52 333 555 12 12 (a Mexican number). He gets the text just fine, but when he replies, the message appears to come from simply 333 555 12 12. As a result, I end up with two conversations, one to 'Bob', and one to 333 555 12 12, which isn't associated with any of my contacts.

Is there a way to make my phone recognize these numbers as the same (without creating duplicate entries for all of my contacts--one with the +52 and one without)?

  • Is the issue same as this but in reverse? Apr 20, 2012 at 5:40
  • Yes, it seems to be. I'll try the solution there, though, and see if it helps.
    – Flimzy
    Apr 20, 2012 at 13:12
  • Did you ever solved this issue?
    – Zuul
    Sep 8, 2012 at 20:08
  • Nope... haven't found a solution yet. :(
    – Flimzy
    Sep 8, 2012 at 20:31
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    @Power-Inside: Yeah, that would be the "without creating duplicate entries" part of my question.
    – Flimzy
    Sep 15, 2012 at 17:29

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Propably not an easy and fast solution:

If MIUI supports your Phone, then install MIUI which is not like the many roms (unstable, cluttered, for "freaks"). If it doesn't support your phone, you could still search for an unofficial version here or on XDA-Developers.

You have the possibility to go into the Dialer-Settings and set a default country-prefix. If you stay in Mexico you just set the default prefix to +52 and the incoming SMS should have the +52 assigned. If your next stay is in Krungthep Mahanakhon (=Bangkok) then you just set it to +66. This works for me.

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    Where do I find the default country prefix setting?
    – Flimzy
    Oct 16, 2012 at 18:32

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