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  1. jdd77's Avatar
    Does anyone know if there's an option somewhere in menu/settings that allows you to change the default view of the dialer? When you touch the phone icon tile, why are you defaulted to "recent calls" instead of ...um the dial pad? Although this may be convenient for someone who misses alot of calls, it should be an option. In no way should you need to go through 2 steps before you can dial a number (unless you set it that way). sorry and thanks in advance if I'm missing something...
    10-21-2011 09:24 AM
  2. Coffee's Avatar
    No option that I know of. It seems the majority of people use contacts to dial, not the dialer, so it prob makes some kind of sense. An option would be nice.

    I mostly talk to people who have called me recently, so I don't mind.
    10-21-2011 09:35 AM
  3. jdd77's Avatar
    No option that I know of. It seems the majority of people use contacts to dial, not the dialer, so it prob makes some kind of sense. An option would be nice.

    I mostly talk to people who have called me recently, so I don't mind.
    The thing is, if your in an emergency situation and need to quickly dial a number, the "recent calls" screen isn't gonna help you. Especially when you have to press a tiny circle with dots at the bottom of the screen to actually see the dial pad. Smartphones forget that they're still "phones".
    palandri likes this.
    10-21-2011 09:58 AM
  4. palandri's Avatar
    the thing is, if your in an emergency situation and need to quickly dial a number, the "recent calls" screen isn't gonna help you. Especially when you have to press a tiny circle with dots at the bottom of the screen to actually see the dial pad. smartphones forget that they're still "phones".
    +1 :)
    jdd77 likes this.
    10-21-2011 10:18 AM
  5. Coffee's Avatar
    The thing is, if your in an emergency situation and need to quickly dial a number, the "recent calls" screen isn't gonna help you. Especially when you have to press a tiny circle with dots at the bottom of the screen to actually see the dial pad. Smartphones forget that they're still "phones".
    agreed, but the other 99.9% of the time you're just making phone calls to people you know. I don't want the phone defaulting to the .1% setup.

    So again, a choice would be nice.
    10-21-2011 10:20 AM
  6. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Give this a try or search the marketplace for 'dial' jdd77, there's loads of dial pad apps.

    7dialer | For Windows Phone 7

    Good luck experimenting. :)

    7 Dialer Review

    http://www.windowscentral.com/call-c...easier-7dialer
    jdd77 likes this.
    10-21-2011 10:23 AM
  7. jdd77's Avatar
    Give this a try or search the marketplace for 'dial' jdd77, there's loads of dial pad apps.

    7dialer | For Windows Phone 7

    Good luck experimenting. :)

    7 Dialer Review

    http://www.windowscentral.com/call-c...easier-7dialer
    cool..thanks alot
    10-21-2011 10:26 AM
  8. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    cool..thanks alot
    Have fun, let us know if you find any goodies jdd77. :)
    10-21-2011 10:27 AM
  9. jdd77's Avatar
    agreed, but the other 99.9% of the time you're just making phone calls to people you know. I don't want the phone defaulting to the .1% setup.

    So again, a choice would be nice.
    yes 99.9% of the time you are making calls to people you know. But universally speaking, if the phone is set to something you CAN'T change, why wouldn't it be the dial pad?... it would make more sense if "recent calls" was in a little circle at the bottom of the screen. lol
    Last edited by jdd77; 10-21-2011 at 12:04 PM.
    10-21-2011 11:32 AM
  10. jdd77's Avatar
    Have fun, let us know if you find any goodies jdd77. :)
    Ok. 7dialer was not what I was looking for (thanks for the suggestion) but I did find something simply called "phone dialer" and its free. Its a tile of a picture of a rotary dialer and no text. When you open it, you are defaulted to.... a dial pad! And even better, there's an "abc" icon that allows you to type the first couple letters of a contact and brings up their phone numbers as well as when you dial a number. Now there's no need for the "people" tile as well. I've replaced the stock phone tile with it. Only thing is, you can't view recent calls so it might not work out after all. Alas! One problem solved, another emerges...
    10-21-2011 12:01 PM
  11. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Oh well, you're half way there jdd77 LOL ;) Thanks for sharing. :)
    10-21-2011 12:05 PM
  12. power5's Avatar
    Mention to the creator that you would like their app to have an icon to bring up the recent calls list. Should be pretty simple to include in the next update.

    7 dialer seems pretty impressive. Wonder why wp7 did not come with something like it originally? I really like the call later option. Not sure how much I would use it, but neat feature still.
    10-21-2011 12:46 PM
  13. jfa1's Avatar
    there we go thinking logically (for us). Our logic may noy not have a seat at the WP table. Although you could make this a suggestion for the next update of WPOS over at their voting site. Worth a shot!
    10-21-2011 12:58 PM
  14. jdd77's Avatar
    I have to just clarify about the "phone dialer" I downloaded. I said there was no recent call log, but just missed a call and there it is. So it defaults to the dialer, searches for contacts as you type a number, and has recent calls. I'm using this instead of the stock dialer.
    10-21-2011 04:57 PM
  15. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    That's good you found something jdd77. :)
    10-21-2011 05:01 PM
  16. jdd77's Avatar
    Thanks wee bear, because of your suggestion I found something I was looking for (didn't know you could download a different phone dialer!) Now to see if I can find a replacement for the many other things I have gripes about...
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    10-21-2011 05:19 PM
  17. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Yes that's half the fun jdd77, trying to track down those little apps that manage to do just what you want. :)
    10-21-2011 05:23 PM
  18. techprincesse's Avatar
    I have the same complaint. Been using the free phone dialer app as well, only thing i wish the Call button was bigger to press. And also the program takes time to open after clicking it sits on a black screen for at least 20 seconds before it comes up. No other app on my phone has this kind of delay.

    I was hoping MS would have allowed the choice of dialer or recent calls with the Mango release.
    10-21-2011 05:40 PM
  19. jdd77's Avatar
    I have the same complaint. Been using the free phone dialer app as well, only thing i wish the Call button was bigger to press. And also the program takes time to open after clicking it sits on a black screen for at least 20 seconds before it comes up. No other app on my phone has this kind of delay.

    I was hoping MS would have allowed the choice of dialer or recent calls with the Mango release.
    I just started using it today. And although it does what I want, you're right..it takes awhile to load. I looked for other dialers because of this but I couldn't find anything better. I hope there's another update that allows for more options (with more than just the dialer).
    Last edited by jdd77; 10-21-2011 at 07:14 PM.
    10-21-2011 06:31 PM
  20. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    I think if I had an emergency, I would just hold the windows button down and say "call 911." I cant think of any other situation where that half-second would make a difference.
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    10-22-2011 08:40 AM
  21. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    Here's another idea. Make a contact group with emergency contact numbers, like 911, local police, local fire department, pizza delivery, etc. Then pin the emergency contact group to the start screen..
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    10-22-2011 08:44 AM
  22. jfa1's Avatar
    good idea Rhody!
    10-22-2011 11:24 PM
  23. jdd77's Avatar
    Here's another idea. Make a contact group with emergency contact numbers, like 911, local police, local fire department, pizza delivery, etc. Then pin the emergency contact group to the start screen..
    yea.. kinda like in the old days when we used to have those numbers written down on a notepad or a sticky, next to the telephone (lol)... Its also called "ICE" contacts, another thing most basic phones have. When you open the phone tile, the dial pad shouldn't be in a little circle at the bottom..instead you should have the ICE contacts, recent calls, etc.. I sometimes think things weren't well thought out when this phone was released..
    Last edited by jdd77; 10-23-2011 at 07:07 AM.
    10-23-2011 06:59 AM
  24. power5's Avatar
    Not sure if the phone will voice dial call 911. Have you tried a voice dial? Can just tell the operator who picks up you were testing the voice calling capabilities of your new phone in the case of an emergency. I know 4S users have said that SIRI will NOT call 911. She responds to your request with, "I am sorry I can not do that." or something.

    Nice thing that iOS does is to bring up the phone in the last used config. So if I use the keypad to make a call, next time I enter the phone app, the keypad will be up. If I use recent to make a call, the recent list will be up next time. Very simple to implement I would think.

    ICE should not need to be in the dialer every time you enter the phone app. I have used 911 maybe 5 times in the last 20 years. If you are someone who has a job that requires frequent use, I think the tile option would be what you want. No reason for the other 99.999% of us to have the ICE contacts icon in our dialer every time we open the phone. Just increases the chance of miss dial.
    10-25-2011 02:27 PM
  25. jdd77's Avatar
    Not sure if the phone will voice dial call 911. Have you tried a voice dial? Can just tell the operator who picks up you were testing the voice calling capabilities of your new phone in the case of an emergency. I know 4S users have said that SIRI will NOT call 911. She responds to your request with, "I am sorry I can not do that." or something.

    Nice thing that iOS does is to bring up the phone in the last used config. So if I use the keypad to make a call, next time I enter the phone app, the keypad will be up. If I use recent to make a call, the recent list will be up next time. Very simple to implement I would think.

    ICE should not need to be in the dialer every time you enter the phone app. I have used 911 maybe 5 times in the last 20 years. If you are someone who has a job that requires frequent use, I think the tile option would be what you want. No reason for the other 99.999% of us to have the ICE contacts icon in our dialer every time we open the phone. Just increases the chance of miss dial.
    ICE contacts is good for if you got hit by a car in a strange town and was half dead. Then the paramedics can recover your cell phone, check the ICE contacts and notify your emergency contact person..
    10-25-2011 09:20 PM

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