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.


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 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.