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Is it somehow possible to change the format of a telephone number being displayed ?

In Brazil, phone numbers have two digits for the area code and eight for the phone number. Moreover, the carrier sends the caller ID with a leading zero, so that's how I store phone numbers. Example: 02155557777 for the Rio (21) number 5555-7777.

Before I updated from 2.1 to Froyo, numbers were presented with no hyphens. Now, the phone hyphenates them all. But it assumes a US standard, so it comes like 021-555-57777.

Moreover, when I'm dialing local (i.e. 8 digits), say, 5555-2222, it shows as 555-222-22.

Is there any way I can change that? Either positioning the hyphens correctly, or getting rid of the hyphens altogether?

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    Did you do an official OTA update? – Matthew Read Mar 21 '11 at 22:27
  • Is your locale set to Brazil? – ale Mar 22 '11 at 12:44
  • @Matthew: the update was not OTA but it was official. I downloaded it from: motorola.com/staticfiles/Support/GB-EN/froyo/… – JCCyC Mar 22 '11 at 17:38
  • @Al: No, it's to US English, as it was before. The one Portuguese locale available is not Brazil, but Portugal. Besides, I'd rather keep the UI in English. – JCCyC Mar 22 '11 at 17:40
  • Well, sadly, that's probably why it's formatting the numbers as it is. What happens if you use your own hyphens? How about some other character, like a dot? – ale Mar 22 '11 at 19:39
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It turns out the hyphening was a consequence of changing the locale from UK English (which is what the phone came configured with) to US English. Changed it back to UK English and the hyphens went away.

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    Be sure you mark this as the correct answer! – newuser Mar 23 '11 at 21:28

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