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How to Dial Letters on iPhone

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You’ve probably seen phone numbers that have letters in them. This might be confusing as there are no letters on your dialer. But what does this mean and how do you dial letters on your iPhone? This is a decades-old practice of exchanging numbers for letters in order to remember them easier.

And that’s exactly what you need to do — just enter numbers for the corresponding letter and that’s it. Learn more and see our example below.

How do you dial letters on a phone?

The short answer is you don’t but you transform them. A bit longer answer is that you can easily transform letters from a number into digits by looking at the dialer in the Phone app. As you can see, all digits from 2 to 9 have letters underneath and that number corresponds to 3 or 4 letters that are assigned to it.

Remember old monoblock phones with physical keypads? Well, this is somewhat similar. An exception is that you don’t have to press a number multiple times to get a certain letter. That one number applies to all letters underneath.

So, let’s put it to work and see how it works. Apple’s support number in the USA is 1-800-555-APPL (or it used to be). As you can see, the second part of the phone number contains letters instead of something we are all used to — digits. Now, to call this number we’ll need to transform letters into digits and it goes as follows:

  • A – 2
  • P – 7
  • P – 7
  • L – 5

Therefore, the whole phone number is 1-800-555-2775. That’s all. It’s rather simple when you know how it works. If you have any similar questions, feel free to share them with us, and we’ll do our best to answer them. Thank you for reading, we hope this article helped and reach us in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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