Spell Number – Free Emjoi [Emoticons]

Ok, this is not new information however, I felt like I should write about it because I am highly confused as to why a $1.99 Emoji app is in the Top Paid Apps when you can get Emoji for free!

For those of you who do not know what Emoji is, according to Wiki, it is “the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons.” It basically enables those cute little emoticons on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Just to make one thing clear, Emoji are already technically on your iPhone and iPod Touch, Emoji applications just enable them.

The reason I am confused is because one of the Top Paid apps in an application that enables emoticons when you can do it for free with an application called Spell Number. The paid app does give you a list of the code for each emoticon (though, I’m not sure how useful that is and probably not worth $1.99).

Spell Number can be used on an iPhone or iPod Touch (including the iPhone 3GS) that is on 2.2, 2.2.1 and 3.0. It is extremely easy to enable the emoticons, just follow the steps below.

1. Download Spell Number from the App Store.
2. Open the app and enter the number 91929394.59
3. Close the application using the Home Button (you do not push any buttons, just enter the number and close the app).
4. Open your stock Settings app and go into General > Keyboard > International Keyboard > Japanese and turn of Emji.
5. Close Settings application using the Home Button

To use the emoticons, just go into any application in which you use the keyboard and you will notice a new globe icon next to the number icon. When you select it, it will bring up all the available emoticons. There are 6 categories to choose from (on the lower menu bar) and multiple pages in each category (just scroll from right to left to see more). To get back to your keyboard, just tap the globe icon all the way to the left on the lower menu bar of the emoticons keyboard. You can delete an emoticons from where you are typing by using the arrow all the way to the right on the lower menu bar of the emoticons keyboard.

There are a few things to note. On an iPhone 3G on firmware 3.0, the globe and delete arrow icons do not show up on the emoticon keyboard but, they still work when you tap on them. I’m not sure what the deal is with that…a glitch I guess because it works fine on other devices on the 3.0 firmware (including the iPhone 3GS). Also, only other iPhone and iPod Touch users can view the emoticons.

Definitely a “must have” application! I love my emoticons! &#xE00E

Note: Once you enable the Emoji keyboard in your settings, you can delete the Spell Number app if you would like…you are still able to enable/disable the keyboard in the Setting without Spell number installed. However, if you would like to keep the applicaiton so that you know how to spell large numbers, that is cool too! :)

For those of you in the jailbreak community…there are apps in Cydia that enable Emoji that are also free.

Spell Number


Available In: App Store       Price: Free  
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  1. Doesn’t work on the 2G iphone with FW 3.0 It did work, however on FW 2.2.1

  2. That is awesome :) I am shocked that they let an app like this through the appstore but its awesome to get emoji working without having to jailbreak my iphone 3GS :)

  3. Uh Brooke, this is a friendly reminder not to forget to delete your screen shots off your device, you do remember your 5000+ pix the last time don’t you? ;)

  4. How could you live with 29 updates on your phone? >_>; Red badges are an obsession of mine. If there are ANY ANYWHERE, I go insane and check what it is immediatly. lmao

  5. works flawlessly on iphone 3g fw3.0 … hanson

  6. Works on my 3G w/ 3.0

    Had to reboot the iPhone to get the built-in mail to see the Emjoi though.

  7. I also saw an app called emoji I imail that said it would do it too… i haven’t tried it cause i enabled emoji a while back with my jailbroken 3G on 2.2.

  8. check appstore for a app called iMail its free and enables Emjoi [Emoticons]. and works on 3.0..


  9. Sweet, it works! 2 things though…

    1.) I sent myself an email with the emoticons and it didn’t show up as anything :(

    2.) How the heck does the spell number app let the iPhone do that!? It’s awesome that it does but how?

  10. cali_girl says

    i have the first gen ipod touch and im uptodate on all software and it still does not work. my bf has the new iphone and it doesnt work iether!!!someone help us!!!!

  11. Works in 3.0.1 as well!!!

  12. I have done the downloading etc & using Emojis is fine – only I have a problem..
    Every time I carry out a search (on the iPhone search address bar) say for an application – I type letters …. especially when I use ’s’ I think it happens on other letters – the iphone starts to break up/fade and do a restart….. why is that…?
    Is this some bug on using the ‘Spell Number’ App…
    This re-boot by itself, has never happened since I have had the iPhone, only after I have downloaded the App ‘Spell Number’ does it do this for anyone else… am I the only one…???
    This problem happens daily, only when I try to type into the search field bar…?
    Once I begin to type “spell…” I get to ’s’ and it kind of fades and re-boots…
    Can you advise/assist help me on this – anyone going through similar problem…?

  13. I have a 3GS will this still work on the new curretn 4. whatever software? I have tried this but I dont get this option:

    4. Open your stock Settings app and go into General > Keyboard > International Keyboard > Japanese and turn of Emji

    Any insight?

  14. doesnt seem to work on iphone 4 :(
    I get same error as above: I open kb, but I don’t get the option “japanese- emoji”

    for ref i have iOS4 ver 4.3.3




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