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Old 04-24-2008, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I stumbled upon an application last night on Handango, and on a whim, I decided to download, install and register it.

It falls into the category of "I didn't know that I even wanted it" but after playing with it for a while, it now falls into the "Wow, this will be handy" category.

What is it? Simply put, it is a Call Logger application. 'Wait', you say -- 'we already have a call logger'. Yes, we do, but this puts the call (Incoming, Outgoing and Missed -- configurable) into your Calendar as a past event. And because it is a past event, it won't show up erroneously in Pocket Day or (I would guess) today screens. CallLogger

It installs either via DTM or OTA, and is an autostarting application that runs in the background and monitors your BB call log (and will require permission to access it). It also comes with (DTM version) a .pdf instruction document, and a plug in for Outlook (I didn't install that though) along with .alx and .jad installer.

Basically, whenever you make, receive or miss a call, this app will log it in your Calendar and record the caller/callee name (if they are in your Contacts or you have CallerID) along with their phone number, time of the call, and duration of the call. You can (in the setup screen) have the calls assigned to a specific Category and mark as Private/Public.

While this may not sound overly impressive, it does provide a semi-permanent record of the call -- one that won't disappear when your call log is purged (either automatically or due to low memory space) and becomes a permanent record of the call when you sync to Outlook (which doesn't purge old appointments).

So using the BB's search feature, I might want to look up someone who called but is not in my Address Book, except that my call log has been purged already. Depending on your 'keep appointments for' setting, this may be available long after your call log has been purged, but better yet, it's also available in Outlook if it has been purged already due to your keep settings or a low memory call log loss. The time/date of the call, the name and phone number will be there to refer to!

As mentioned earlier, if you don't want to track missed calls, inbound calls or outbound calls, etc., you can set it for any combination of the three (I set mine for inbound and outbound but not missed calls). While I don't use my BB for business, I can see the value of having such call records. While it's too early to judge the impact on the size of the Calendar database, I suspect that, for me at least, the impact will be minimal -- but the benefit MAY offset it if/when a need arose that I need to find that phone number from a call I recieved X number of months ago. If it happens to be gone from my call log, I can check the Calendar; and if it's gone from that, I can check Outlook's Calendar. But at least I will have it.
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