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Calling Card

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The ultimate iPhone calling card/IDD dialing application - save money when calling contacts from your iPhone by using one or more cards or carrier prefixes to get the best rates - even have the application automatically select the best card for you based on the selected number. Now you no longer need to set up and maintain custom phone numbers for each contact but can simply call any phone number from your iPhone's contacts database using your calling/phone card accounts.
Calling Card is a native iPhone application which takes the hassle out of making international calls and will save you money as you no longer have to pay your provider's outrageous international calling fees.

The application also works great for calling through your PBX system (e.g., Fritz!Box) or in connection with your "Skype To Go" or "Google Voice" account to save on connection fees.

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Main Screen

Auto Selection IconSelect the "Calling Card" cell to choose between different cards you set up or to add/edit cards (see "Card List" below). If "Automatic card selection" is enabled, a little icon will appear on the right side of the cell:

If more than one access number has been defined for the currently selected card, the currently active access number (or access number label if set) will be shown below the card name. Selecting the number brings up the list of access numbers for the card and allows to select a different access number (the application will always default to the last selected access number for each card).

Select the "Contact/Number" cell to select a number to be dialed or define/edit favorite numbers (see "Contact Selection") - touch and hold the contact cell to bring up the iPhone contacts to select a contact.
The application will show the country (including state/province for US/Canadian numbers) and calculate and display the local time for the contact to be called below the number.

For contacts with multiple numbers, you can click on the phone number below the contact's name to quickly select a different number for the same person (e.g., if the contact cannot be reached using a number you might want to try another number).

Once both a card and a number have been selected, the black "Call" icon will appear - simply select it to start your call (tap and hold the black call button to present an alert showing the full composite number that will be dialed - this is especially useful when setting up new card definitions to make sure everything is correct without having to place multiple calls).

Card List

The card list shows all currently defined cards - simply select the card you want and click the back button in the top left of the navigation bar to go back to the main screen. To edit card definitions or add new accounts, click the "Edit" button in the top right of the navigation bar. If more than one card is defined, an additional entry "Automatic card selection" will appear at the beginning of the list. This allows automatic selection of the best card based on the selected contact or phone number prefix (automatic selection rules can be defined by clicking this cell when in edit mode - see "Automatic Card Selection").

Auto Selection IconOnce in edit mode, you can re-arrange the card list by dragging individual cards within the list (drag using the icon on the right side of the cell - dragging required more than one card to be defined) or select any card from the list to edit its details (see "Card Details"). When editing the card list, additional entries will be shown at the bottom of the card list - select the "Share Card Settings…" entry to share all your card definitions via email (settings can be automatically imported into the "Calling Card" application on another device by clicking a button in the received email message). For devices running iOS 5.0 or higher with iCloud enabled, you can also backup or restore your settings (all card definitions, automatic card selection settings, and favorites) via iCloud - note that restoring settings from iCloud will replace all your current settings with the ones from iCloud. This allows you to easily and quickly synchronize settings between multiple phones connected to the same iCloud account.

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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Shawn Patrick Hannon for granting permission to use his gorgeous photo for the application.

For extremely valuable feedback to make the application better than what I could come up with myself and putting up with early versions of the application with some bugs, tons of thanks to my beta testers: Grace Chen, Benjamin Han, and Andries Zijlstra.

Many thanks for providing full localizations of the application goes to Martin Kugler (French), Kristian Karlsson (Swedish), and Grace Chen (traditional Chinese).

Application Download

You can purchase and download the latest version of the application on the iPhone App Store (requires iOS 3.0 or higher)

The program is fully localized in the following languages: English (development language), German, French, Swedish, and traditional Chinese. Please contact me if you want to help adding additional localizations.

Version History

1.10.1 (September 13, 2012 - released on the iPhone App Store on September 20, 2012)

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1.10 (January 18, 2012 - released on the iPhone App Store on January 26, 2012)

1.9.3 (October 13, 2011 - released on the iPhone App Store on October 17, 2011)

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1.9.2 (October 6, 2011 - released on the iPhone App Store on October 7, 2011)

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1.9.1 (May 10, 2011 - released on the iPhone App Store on May 15, 2011)

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1.9 (September 11, 2010 - released on the iPhone App Store on September 21, 2010)

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1.8.1 (June 29, 2010 - released on the iPhone App Store on July 6, 2010)

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1.8 (March 1, 2010 - released on the iPhone App Store on March 4, 2010)

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1.7.1 (October 22, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on December 10, 2009)

Note: starting with this release, the application requires iPhone OS 3.0 or higher.

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1.7 (September 10, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on September 17, 2009)

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1.6.3 (July 22, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on August 18, 2009)

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1.6.2 (June 11, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on June 30, 2009)

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1.6.1 (May 9, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on May 15, 2009)

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1.6 (April 16, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on May 1, 2009)

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1.5.2 (March 6, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on March 11, 2009)

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1.5.1 (February 19, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on February 25, 2009)

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1.5 (February 1, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on February 6, 2009)

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1.4 (January 14, 2009 - released on the iPhone App Store on January 16, 2009)

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1.3.1 (December 13, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on December 31, 2008)

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1.3 (December 3, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on December 8, 2008)

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1.2.1 (November 18, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on November 23, 2008)

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1.2 (November 3, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on November 6, 2008)

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1.1 (October 20, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on October 21, 2008)

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1.0.3 (September 22, 2008 - released on the iPhone App Store on October 13, 2008)

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