App for That: How do you set up a reminder to make a phone call?
There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Andrew asks:
I know there has to be an app that lets me set a reminder to call someone, then pops up an alert with a phone number so I can tap to dial it at the right time, but I just can't find it. HALP!
You can always use the notes field of the built in Calendar app, but this requires you to first open the contact's information, copy the phone number, then paste it into the notes of a new Calendar event, and that's just way too cumbersome for our taste. There are also many to-do apps that include this functionality, but in this case, less is more. For a better solution, follow along after the break!
Call Meet Calendar [$2.99 - iTunes link] allows you to set up Calendar events for phone calls. After creating the reminder in the app and designating the desired contact and call time, it automatically creates an event in the native Calendar app with a link of the phone number in the notes field. Additionally, the app adds links in the notes that open it to edit the existing reminder or add a new reminder. When it's time to make the phone call, a local notification pops-up and leads you to the calendar event. Making the call is only a tap away.
Call Meet Calendar also lets you to setup reminders for meetings, SMS, and follow-up. The premium version allows you to set up an unlimited number of reminders, while the free version [iTunes link] only allows 2 reminders per day and includes ads.
All in all, its a good solution. Would we rather see a call reminder feature built into the Calendar app with notifications that let you instantly make the desired phone call? Absolutely. Perhaps in iOS 5...
Bonus app: Reminders! Simple Todo and Alerts [$0.99 - iTunes link] is also great because, when accepting the notification, a new popup with notes and a direct call button appears.
Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for Andrew? Let him -- and all of us -- know in the comments.
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