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PREVIEW: V2R Caller2Picture for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 05.03.03 - 14:03:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 6316x
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Vision to Reality, well known for it's Caller2Picture for Pocket PC Phone Edition is currently working on porting Caller2Picture to the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 platform.
Thanks to them I got a pretty early alpha version to be previewed here on PPCW.Net because the high interest of Smartphone owners for C2P for the Smartphone.

Basically, Caller2Picture for Smartphone will include everything we already know from the Phone Edition version which means you can assign different pictures per contact phone number as well as assigning ringtones per contact (which is a Smartphone feature anyhow but is combined in one user interface now). What I've heard also - which is unconfirmed anyhow so far - is that you can also assign pictures and ringtones per category.
As Harald Nickol - head of V2R - told me, Caller2Picture (for Phone Edition and Smartphone) should get an additional feature which he wanted to tell today. Surprise! Surprise?

The alpha version I got for the preview works at least for showing the proper pictures per contact (which might be the most important), the interface to assign pictures is still in development.

On the left you see how Smartphone 2002 displays an incoming call originally while on the right side - with Caller2Picture for Smartphone - my picture appears instead of the telephone receiver.

As Harald told me also, a public Beta might become available during CeBIT; the final Caller2Picture for Smartphone should be commercially available right after CeBIT. A price wasn't given so far.
Since this version is a pretty early one, he also noted that the layout might change for the final version, depending how the integration works best. Anyway - good to know that V2R is currently working on it.

Final Conclusion

Woohoo, one of my favorite Phone Edition applications (and one of the most useful too) becomes true on the Smartphone as well. :-) While having the number and the phone number on the display is pretty nice it's even better to see who is calling you and for sure this application is a must on every Smartphone, maybe even more than on a Phone Edition since I use my Smartphone day in day out for voice while I use my Pocket PC Phone Edition mostly for data only.

Can't wait to see the final version - stay tuned!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Comments
Posted by Lars on 06.03.03 - 00:00:00

Nice application, however would be nice with:
- a function that could disable /block users and divert them directly to answering service. Great for Ex´ wifes /lovers..

- Blocking of SMS from certain callers

- Sounds for Categories

- allowed caller times for categories, meaning that bizz calls for instance only is allowed to 08:00 19:00 otherwise diverted to answering service

- To see the picture when you are dialing an outgoing call

- That when browsing for picture that "CALLER2PICTURE remembered the path on the storagecard

Just some thoughts

Posted by Lars on 06.03.03 - 00:00:00

Ahh... forgot this...
That the picture could be shown in calllog instead of the bitmap of the phone... as a thumbnail

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.03.03 - 00:00:00

@Lars: Thanks for your great input and V2R will definitely read it and think about it; I'm sure!
This kind of input is always highly appreciated by the developers as many of them (not V2R only) are really trying hard to develop the best fitting application with features the users required!

Thanks gain!

Posted by john duckworth on 07.03.03 - 00:00:00

I think this will be a great app

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