Google Contacts default country code with Android

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http://androidforums.com – Hi I'm new to this forum and hope I'm posting this in the right section. I have recently noticed the little flag and default country code for phone numbers. As I'm in the UK I have selected UK (+44). If I select any country other than my default, Google Contacts automatically adds that countries code and it will appear correctly in my contacts list (People) on my Nexus 4.2.2 phone. However if I select my default country the number that appears in my phone's contact list is exactly what I enter in Google contacts. in other words I unless I manually add the country code, the phone's co (General)