In my country, we have to use a prefix before dialing an international number, depending on which provider we use. For example, I use an international calling company for which I have to dial 019 before dialing the international number.

Now, having to edit each and every international phone number in my address book to add a 109 would be annoying. And when I move providers, having to do the whole process again would be very annoying.

Is there a way to tell Android, "every time you see a +, just dial 019 instead"? Or any other solution?

(I use Cyanogenmod.)

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    The world would be a better place if every carrier/phone provider would just recognize the canonical number format E.123. Shame on your provider ;)
    – Flow
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 14:48
  • be easier to just insert/add a new contact with international dialling code prefix with their number; that's what I do, so if I was to go abroad, I can dial the contact as the number is there already!
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 20:15
  • @t0mm13b: that would require me to edit each and every contact, and duplicate each phone number to have both + and 019 (or whatever the international dialing prefix is). I don't think your suggestion saves any effort at all. Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 20:17

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The only apps I have found to be able to do this kind of editing are SIP dialers like CSipSimple and SipDroid. They integrate into the regular call setup and can run a set of rewrite rules and filters to decide where and how to place the call.

I believe both can do this even for regular (cell) calls, and even when no SIP provider has been configured.


Nightmare. I can't believe an Android phone would ship with such a bug. Bought phone at Best Buy, traveled to Europe, bought a local SIM card. All my Google contacts have + (country code) in front of them. I can dial numbers direct, but without the Plus Sign (+). I can't dial anything in my address book. Researched it and painfully so, I found a third party app (prefixer) that does the trick after trying a few. You basically want to add "00" in front of the +.

It's simple enough, but I don't care for the fact that it's not native to the phone. Here is the configuration below - best of luck

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  • This is a good solution. Could you add a link to the app you're recommending?
    – Dan Hulme
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 15:14

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