Area code tweak: improve number lookup on HTC devices

Back in the day, we had an app on Windows Mobile called CityID (Flashback: 2006!). It recently reared its dormant head on the Verizon Imagio (see full review). The app was basically an area code database that compared that was compared to an incoming phone call, resulting in a City, State caller ID.

Very useful stuff.

Turns out that many HTC devices, likewise, have a database that stores states, but not necessarily anything else. Saumaun, who is quite well known in various Windows Mobile communities, managed to whip up a detailed registry change to give us back that function. He basically included all the major metropolitan areas and referenced them via area codes, giving a pretty decent shot at city accuracy.

The best part of his "hack" is that there is no running programs or increased resources--it simply uses the device's registry to enhance caller ID. ROM chefs are encouraged to incorporate it into their builds and end-users can just download and install the simple and tiny .cab file, found in this thread.


George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Will this work on a Treo Pro?
  • Not really sure, guess you can try it out. I can't see how it would do anything negative, you just might not see it working. Plus it can be un-installed.
  • Wirk on the ATT pure which is an HTC device?
  • anyone have d/l link? i don't want to create yet another account on yet another site
  • Hi,According to me the best feature would be HTC also will be including their updated version of Sense UI that includes a new Friend stream and groups of widgets.
  • works great on Imagio.. Verizon has the city ID software pre-installed but they want $1.99 a month to do this. That is just plain stupid.
  • w00t! Thanks for running this story. I'm glad other people like my tweak! :)
  • uhhhh..where is the download?? i dnt see it here.