Log calls and texts on the go with Call Notes for BlackBerry 10

By Alicia Erlich on 5 Sep 2013 09:55 am EDT

Our BlackBerry devices provide a array of features to keep us organized. I admit I'm not superhuman and can't always remember everything that needs to be done. One such item of significance is being able to jot down important takeaways from phone or SMS conversations when speaking to co-workers or clients or remembering to follow-up with them. If you ever wanted to place these notations in your calendar, Toysoft coded their popular BBOS application Call Notes to BlackBerry 10 for just these instances.

While the phone application already utilizes a call notes feature, it is linked to Remember. However, more often than not, I find myself using third party applications in lieu of it. In this case, Call Notes brings additional functionality as it is integrated with the calendar application. This means I can edit each of the resulting entries to include names, instructions, and, most importantly, a due date to be able to follow up with what transpired over the phone. More often than not, my reminders find their way into my calendar which is why I prefer using this application. 

Call Notes allows you to document your phone calls and SMS messages on the go. For each one, including outgoing and incoming on SMS, it creates a new calendar entry in the format chosen on the startup screen. This includes setting the incoming and outgoing label, reminder, status, call duration, and ability to mark an entry as private. Please note that due to the lack of an API in the phone application, Call Notes is unable to capture the caller's number and name. However, it can be manually added in the new note screen or by using the contacts picker at the bottom.

After the conclusion of a call, the application alerts via a popup whether you wish to switch to call notes. Users can modify the application to prompt after every call, if a call is longer than thirty seconds or one minute. Even if the option is toggled off, notes can be entered manually after the conversation has taken place directly from within the application. Please be aware that in order to scan for phone calls, it must remain open as an active frame.

It also offers multi-calendar support so that notes may be saved to whichever one you prefer (i.e. Local, Gmail, Hotmail) with the current date and time. Users may then edit the entry and adjust for dates changes or to insert additional notes related to the conversation.

For those concerned about copying unwanted text messages there is a filter option to input numbers you wish to exclude from monitoring.

Call Notes is fast, simple, Built for BlackBerry approved, and is a reasonable way to track those urgent business or personal calls and texts. It is compatible with the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, and Z10 and you can grab it at the link for $2.99.

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Reader comments

Log calls and texts on the go with Call Notes for BlackBerry 10


I hope these notes don't show up on my lock screen :( . Sounds like a useful app non the less.

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One important point Alicia didn't mention is that due the lack of Phone API from BlackBerry Call Notes can not capture the caller's number and name. When you enter a new call note you just manually type in the number and name or do a lookup in the contacts.

SMS logging is automated and do not require any data entry.

BlackBerry has promised the Phone API but it is not here. So when that day comes Call Notes will be update to automate this process.

Just to be clear before you purchase the app.

Doesn't Remember get calendar integration in 10.2? If that is the case, then it is hardly worth it to use this application...

--Q10 and Canadian all the way!

So it does not work with emails?
I've tried using the built in "Remember" app for flagging emails for a follow-up reminder -but for me it's too kluge.
What I really need is an app that allows me to flag texts, notes and emails for follow-up.
Is there such an app?

No. Email not yet but would be easy enough to add. The only reason email was left out is it would fill up your calendar pretty quick if you have many emails each day.

will add this in the future release.

Sounds good! I don't need it often, but it was handy to have on past BBOS's. Flag for follow-up was an awesome feature that I surely miss.

I'm confused...

It's a ported app and is built for BlackBerry?

What kind of sorcery is this?

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Should have clearly shown what the differences are between the native call notes and this app.

Because the way I see it, it looks the same to me. Except you pay $2.99 for it.

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How can you say its the same? Call Notes saves the call note as an appointment in the Calendar app. I don't see the native call notes do this.

Also Call Notes saves all sms as an appointment to the Calendar too and I don't see the Native call notes do this either.