Price: $ .99
Phone Helper, by developer François Deschenes, is the kind of utility for the iPhone that you might never have known you needed until you gave it a try. It’s a simple offering that makes it easy to send telephone numbers from your desktop to your mobile device, smoothing over a several-step process that might have been irritating you for years now. The price is right, and the functionality is spot-on: With that in mind, check out our full review of the app below.
Concept and Functionality
When first booted, Phone Helper demands that you register an account with PhoneHelperApp.comc It’s easiest to do this from your desktop, though it’s still quite possible to create your credentials from your mobile device itself. Either way, once created, the site will send you straight to the Chrome or Safari extensions you need to let Phone Helper do its thing.
Essentially, the app allows you to log-in from your iPhone, and then receive push notifications containing phone numbers from your web browser. Put more simply, the next time you spy a number on the web (say a restaurant, or a friend’s Facebook information) that you’d like to dial, you won’t need to worry about finding the page in your mobile browser, remembering long strings of numbers, or emailing the bugger to yourself. Rather, simply right click and send the number to your iPhone with Phone Helper.
Once sent, numbers appear as a push notification, requesting permission to dial. Hit “Ok” and away the phone goes, dialing as normal. If you goofed up, just hit cancel, and you’re none the worse for wear. It’s simple, quick, and gloriously effective.
I was slightly irritated by the need to create an account, especially considering there’s no convenient in-app way to do so, but for the functionality offered, the three minutes it took to set myself up with the site was certainly worth it.
Design and Layout
Phone Helper is a unique offering in the sense that it doesn’t necessarily have an interface. Really, the thing just sits there, waiting in the background for its signal from above that means there’s a number in waiting. This isn’t a problem: In fact, it keeps things gloriously clean-cut. If you’d like more customization, too, the company’s website has settings and help files galore to clue you in.
At a dollar in the App Store, Phone Helper is the sort of app you might appreciate having around, but can certainly live without. If you drag numbers off your desktop and onto your mobile device with alarming frequency, Phone Helper will be a lifesaver. If you only dial the occasional restaurant, it’s still nice to have about, but won’t be the life preserver it might be for others.
Phone Helper requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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