Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

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bweight
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Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby bweight » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:55 pm

I'm not sure where to put feature requests. If there is a better place, let me know and I will move it.

I would really like to see this feature implemented. I think it is relatively straight forward but it would make a world of difference.

My cell phone has a number in an area code located in another state (from when I used to live there). Because of this, I have to enter the local area code for all outgoing calls to local numbers. If I don't then it tries to call the 7 digit number using my old area code.

This becomes a big problem when membership records only have a 7 digit number instead of a 10 digit number. I can't complete calls or send texts to these individuals. My clerk has the same problem so he has been updating all of the records to include the zip code.

However, I think it would be fairly straight forward to allow the user to set a default area code (the local code). Then when making a call or send a text, add the default area code for any number that only has 7 digits.

Any thoughts on this?

It sure would make things easier to use....

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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby aebrown » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:07 pm

First of all, there are plenty of good reasons to discuss your suggestion here, but if you want feedback on LDS Tools to get to the right people, you should use the Feedback option in the app itself (on the Help menu).

As for your request, I suppose it could help, but I really think the solution is what you have indicated you are already doing: talk to your ward clerk and request that he add the area code to every phone number in your ward. These days, 10-digit dialing is becoming a more common requirement (it certainly is in my area), and it's quite common for people to keep their phone numbers as they move into a ward from a different area code. Furthermore, phone numbers on membership records might be seen by people in other areas (for example, a bishop or stake executive secretary, etc. might need to be called by someone from another state. If their phone numbers are only 7 digits, people will not know how to reach them.

If all the phone numbers have 10 digits, there would be no need for your proposed LDS Tools feature.

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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby russellhltn » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:30 pm

While a case can be made for 10-digit numbers; for readability, I prefer that they stay 7-digit unless they are out of area. That draws attention to the fact they are in a different area code and to not assume it is local.
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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby bweight » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:34 pm

I'm not proposing the default area code is appended to all numbers in all views.

Just when the number is sent to texting and phone applications so that those numbers can be properly dialed or messaged.

This feature is great for those that live in an area with a single area code. if you live in an area with mixed area codes, then it is most likely that all your numbers already have 10 digits as everyone has to include the area code anyway.

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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby russellhltn » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:40 am

Yes, I see it as a useful feature.

However, when and if such an enhancement will be made is unknown. So in the meantime, updating the ward to 10-digit is the quickest way to solve the problem.
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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby lajackson » Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:34 pm

russellhltn wrote:While a case can be made for 10-digit numbers; for readability, I prefer that they stay 7-digit unless they are out of area. That draws attention to the fact they are in a different area code and to not assume it is local.

I haven't lived in an area with 7-digit phone numbers in years. In many cities, every phone call, including local calls, is a 10-digit event. And even though it is a local call, the wrong area code will connect you to the wrong number.

I miss the 4-digit phone number days when I was dating.

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Re: Feature Request: Automatically add default Area Code

Postby davesudweeks » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:35 am

Our area switched to 10-digit dialling a few years ago. I miss the fewer numbers when we were on 7-digit, but with more and more people taking their numbers with them when they move, our phone list is a hodge-podge of different area codes anyway.

Time to move on...


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