Monday, August 8, 2016

PRIVACY POLICY


This Privacy Policy explains what information Call-Timer collects and how it uses and protects that information. This policy may be changed from time to time by updating this content. You should check this page to ensure that you are happy with the changes.
  1. The Information Collection And Use:


We collect contact information, call log and log .. The informations are used:
To help us implement and improve features offered by the app.
To provide personalised services unique to individual users.


For details see section B Permissions and Use, where permissions and related information use are explained.


Except those information mentioned above in some Call-Timer version we also may mediate Targeting information for  Facebook ads. Those targeting information is collected by Facebook ads service from  facebook app, if the app is installed on the device and the facebook account  is logged on. The targeting information is be used by Facebook for showing relevant ads.


In some old version of the app Targeting information also used for ads service.


  1. Permissions and Use:


Device & app history
  • read sensitive log data
This is legacy permission,  it used to optimize timer. It is depreciated now.
Contacts
  • read your contacts
  • modify your contacts
This is needed when you configure specific contacts.
Location
  • approximate location (network-based)
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)


This is for ads service. In some versions of the app, it is just reserved for future ads service. This may be removed in future.
Phone
  • read phone status and identity
  • reroute outgoing calls
These are used for timer function.
  • directly call phone numbers
This is used for redial function.
  • read call log
  • write call log
Used to correctly define calls direction (incoming call or outgoing call) in complex call state situations. It also used for ads service.
  • directly call any phone numbers
It is for redial function.
Photos/Media/Files
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Used for cache images from ads service.
Storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Used for caching images from ads service.
Wi-Fi connection information
  • view Wi-Fi connections
Used for ads service.
Device ID & call information
  • read phone status and identity
Used to implement timer function.
Other
  • read precise phone states
It reserved for future use. Currently, it is not useable.
  • enable or disable app components
Used to disable/enable (depend on configuration) incoming call  phone state broadcast receiver.
  • control vibration
  • change your audio settings
Used to customize user experience.
  • run at startup
Used to reset timer (daily/weekly/monthly depend on configuration)
  • prevent device from sleeping
To keep call timer on.
  • view network connections
  • draw over other apps
  • full network access
Used for ads service.


  1. Information protection


Except targeting information for facebook, which is protected by Facebook, other information is used locally - not sending over networks. Therefore, the information and privacy of users are protected.


In some version of the app, there may be certain ads service that uses targeting information. The use of those information is explained in the  EULA in the corresponding version of the app.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Multi-call feature

Multi-call support allows you to:
    a/ View current used minutes accumulatively counted from the begining of current month. With minimum configuration setting ( Enable field "Monitor sum used"), you will know the amount of minutes used.
   b/ Monitor calls for period of whole month or whole week or whole day depending on your plan  (not just monitoring one call separately as before).
- if you enable "Multi-call mode" and not change or change only "Begining balance (minutes)", then ONLY the last call (call that runs out monthly free time )  of month hangs up. In other word, call hangs up ONLY when balance equal zero. Begin balance is the amount of remaining minutes you have for your current plan at the time you install this application. By default new month is considered to be first day of the month but you can change (if your carrier begin to charge you at other day)  it at "Timer reset day" (or "Día de comienzo"  for Spanish version). You can manually reset timer or change monitoring cycle to daily/weekly/monthly.

   c/ Limit free time to a time interval and apply auto hang up to only calls that go into this interval.
- if you change setting (applied for plan with free minutes from  xx hours to yy hours) in "Setting free time interval", call will hang up when it reaches the "Free to" limit if your balance still >= 0, otherwise call will finish when balance equal to 0 . The default settings for "Free From" and "Free To"  are 0 and 24, correspondingly. The settings mean that all day is free. When change these settings, you should enter hours in 24-hour format and configure your phone to use  24-hour format (check it in Settings-->Date and Time).

PLEASE NOTE: if you enable  "Multi-call mode", when your balance finishes, any further call will hang up immediately after new call is made, to continue make call as usual you eithor need to disable the option or disable the application till the end of the month.

USE-CASEs and CONFIGURATION:

1/ If you have daily free minutes plan, ex. 90 minutes/day, you can configure as follows:
a/ Click Multi-call settings.
b/ Enable option Multi-call mode.
c/ Set beginning balance (90 minutes)

d/ Choose "Daily" in "Reset type".
2/ If you have a free number plan, such as free for first xx (or xxx) minutes, then you can configure the application as follows:
  a/ Enter number of free minutes in field "Minutes". Ex. 5.
  b/ Enable option "Monitor sum used".

3/ If you have a plan that offers free minutes for whole month, you can configure the application as follows:
  a/ Enter number of free minutes (for whole month)  in field "Minutes".
  b/ Enable option "Monitor sum used".
  c/ Click "Multi-call settings".
  d/ Enable option "Multi-call mode". 
  e/ If the application is installed after beginning of the month, you need to know how many free minutes left    till the end of month. After knowing that number, you enter it in field "Beginning balance".

4/ If you have a plan that offers free minutes from xx hours to yy hours, then you can configure the application as follows:
  - Go through all step from a to e as describe in configuration 2.
  - Enter xx and yy into "Free from" and "Free to", correspondingly. Hours entered should be in 24-hour format.
 - Go to System Settings-> Date & Time and enable option "Use 24-hour format.

Call-timer FAQ

1/ How to make phone calls?

After installed and configured Call-timer app, you can quit the app and use Phone app or Contacts app to make calls AS YOU USUALLY DO. The Call-timer app monitors calls in background and is activated when necessary.   

2/ What is the purpose of Call-timer widget?

The purpose of Call-timer widget is:
+ To allow quickly turn on and off Call-timer. Depend on use-case, there are people sometimes you don’t want to use Call-timer sometimes they do. In that case using widget to turn on or off Call-timer would be faster than access the Call-timer application to achieve the same purpose. Please note that: It is effective only for calls made after you turn on or off Call-timer.

3/ How to use Widget?
You can follow link http://www.simplehelp.net/2009/07/26/how-to-add-and-remove-widgets-from-your-android-home-screen/ to learn how to add a widget to home screen. Please note that in Android 4.0 and above, the procedure is slightly different: first, you slide to the screen you want to add the widget to, then tap on the application icon (reside in topmost and rightmost angle off the screen), then tap on widgets tab, then locate the Call-timer widget and long press it until the widget icon is appeared in the screen.

4/ How to fix problem with LG phones?
Some LG phones may not automatically hang up due to policy set in its firmware. In order to get it work, please try to enable Setting->Accessibility->Power key ends calls.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Call Timer introduction

Call Timer can make your phone automatically hang up when your call reaches a configurable predefined time. Why it is needed? Many network carriers or telecom services offer free calls for first 5, 10, 20, xx minutes. If you don’t want to monitoring the time elapsed and manually hang-up the call while talking, then you can have this application do it for you.

NOTICE: LG PHONEs
LGs may not hang up, in this case, please try to enable Setting->Accessibility->Power button ends calls (Ajustes -> Accesibilidad->Colgar or Ajustes -> Accesibilidad->"El boton de activado finalizar")
FEATURES:

1/ Auto hang up: user sets time limit once and the application will be in standby mode; whenever there is an outgoing call or incoming call (optionally), the application will be activated and begin to time the call.

2/ Periodic notifications: This is useful for people who are charged per minute.

3/ Specific numbers: Allow you to specify individual phone numbers to apply limit of talk time to. You can add phone number to specific number list either by picking up contact from contacts list or by adding phone number prefixes, which are common beginning digits of the phone numbers that you want to add to the specific number list. Please note that when you choose to use “Specific numbers” feature, call-timer will not be activated (no auto hang up nor notifications) for phone numbers which do not belong to those numbers that have been added to specific number list.

4/ Exclude contacts from timer: If you don't want call timer to have effect on certain contacts or numbers (for example, toll free numbers), you can add those contacts to a list or add prefixes of those number to a list.

5/ Multi-call feature: Multi-call support allows you to:
    a/ View current used minutes accumulatively counted from the begining of current month. With minimum configuration setting ( Enable field "Monitor sum used"), you will know the amount of minutes used.
   b/ Monitor calls for period of whole month (not just monitoring one call separately as before).
- if you enable "Multi-call mode" and not change or change only "Begining balance (minutes)", then ONLY the last call (call that runs out monthly free time )  of month hangs up. In other word, call hangs up ONLY when balance equal zero. Begin balance is the amount of remaining minutes you have for your current plan at the time you install this application. Every new month comes, this number is auto set to number in field "Minutes" in "Quick settings" category.
   c/ Limit free time to a time interval and apply auto hang up to only calls that go into this interval.
- if you change setting (applied for plan with free minutes from  xx hours to yy hours) in "Setting free time interval", call will hang up when it reaches the "Free to" limit if your balance still >= 0, otherwise call will finish when balance equal to 0 . The default settings for "Free From" and "Free To"  are 0 and 24, correspondingly. The settings mean that all day is free. When change these settings, you should enter hours in 24-hour format and configure your phone to use  24-hour format (check it in Settings-->Date and Time).
PLEASE NOTE: if you enable  "Multi-call mode", when your balance finishes, any further call will hang up immediately after new call is made, to continue make call as usual you eithor need to disable the option or disable the application till the end of the month.

6/ Dual SIM support: if you make call from second SIM card, please enable option "2 SIM adjustment". PLEASE NOTE: Still have problem with Galaxy S DUOS.

7/ Timer start when call is answered. The is an option to make timer start when dial (when you hit call button). This is needed when "Timer starts on ANSWER" doesn't work (some devices or Android builds don't support).

8/ Auto redial.

9/ To be notified before hang-up.

10/ Temporarily disable call timer for current call.
 
11/Widget for fast enable/disable and for dialing most contacted contacts.

NOTE on USAGE:
- OPEN THE APP AT LEAST ONCE AFTER INSTALL, otherwise force close error will occur due to first time data is not initialized
- The Call timer automatically deducts 5 seconds from your configured duration. Ex, if you set 5 Minute, phone will hang up at 4' 55" from connect. This will guarantee that you don't have to pay extra-bill because of clock difference.
Please send suggestions or report bugs to call-timer@ctsoftsolutions.com. If someone could help in translation, please send an email to us.
Thank you!
CREDITS:
- Thank Fernando Salazar Peris for Spanish translation!