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Review: PhoneLog for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 17 Jun 2009 12:00 pm EDT
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PhoneLog for BlackBerry

Having a look at my monthly wireless phone bill, I see that I don't really use much of my voice plan. I mostly use my BlackBerry smartphone for email, pin and SMS messages, but my voice plan is a fantastic deal that I don't want to give up. Perhaps, in the back of my head, I have a tiny voice telling me to watch my usage. I then tell it that we don't have anything to worry about, so relax. Then a co-worker walks by, and I overhear something about having me committed for talking to myself. Before they think any further about taking me away, I should find a way to reassure that little voice by keeping track of my usage.

To answer the call, PhoneLog was released a short while back. This little application offers the power to keep record of your completed calls, missed calls and your SMS history. With these records you are now free to clear your call history, clear your messages and stop waiting for your wireless bill to check your usage. Uh-oh, some men in white coats are coming, let have a quick look before it's too late.

About PhoneLog

PhoneLog v 1.3.1 was created by Ryan Rife of Infinityball. The application will occupy 15.4 kb of space and requires you to be running OS 4.3 or higher.

Applications like this almost always find a way into my heart; mainly because they're inexpensive, versatile, and need little or no setup before it gets to work. The basic visual design of PhoneLog gives the illusion that it is a native BlackBerry application. Don't let its looks fool, it packs some logging punch. As previously mentioned, PhoneLog currently tracks the following;

Completed Calls (incoming and outgoing)
Missed Calls
Incoming SMS
Outgoing SMS

PhoneLog Calendar
Log entries showing up in your calendar

PhoneLog
entry details

The application will keep record of these events in your calendar, while running in the background. In the calendar, a call record will show the contact's number, and the date/time/duration of the call. You have the ability to see only a contact's number or, if you have a contact in your address book, view the contacts name in the log entry. Due to the set up of the calendar, you will only see duration in hours and minutes. In the Notes section of the entry, you will see the number listed, as well as the duration- this time you will see seconds included in the value. Now obviously with SMS messages, there is no duration to record. The problem I had was that PhoneLog wasn't always keeping track of the messages that I sent/received.

PhoneLog
options/main menu

In the options you can actually choose to be notified, after a completed or missed call, and decide whether or not you can to add a call to the log. From a business perspective, you can choose to keep track of your business calls and discard your personal ones. You can also choose to log completed calls only, missed calls only, or both. With SMS (if it worked), keep track of incoming, outgoing or both. You can even set your busy status. Another way to separate the business from the personal is the ability to choose which days of the week you want to enable PhoneLog. That way, after a wild weekend, you won't have to go back and delete personal calls. Now Monday comes, no personal calls in sight, you can sync to MS Outlook (and such), and create a report for your boss. If on a BES and you don't want your logs made available for viewing, make sure you switch the Mark Private status to enabled.

Conclusion

I like PhoneLog, and see its potential, but I was really hoping that I would be able to log my SMS messages. This app is an excellent way to keep track of your minutes used. Perhaps for future builds, I would like to see an option to view monthly talk time totals. PhoneLog is available at the CrackBerry App Store for $1.99 but until the June 30th, you can nab it for 99 cents! There is a free trial available, but during this trial you can only log completed or missed calls. For more information, or to pick up PhoneLog, click here.

Pros

  • low cost method for logging calls
  • little setup required

Cons

  • SMS messages couldn't be tracked

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Reader comments

Review: PhoneLog for BlackBerry Smartphones

14 Comments

Thanks for the review. I'm a little concerned you couldn't SMS to log, when you get a chance email me at rwrife@infinityball.com. I'm actually working on a new version that will have a more refined interface and some new options some users have requested....my goal is to also make it function and look as close to the WinMo version I've had available for a couple years now, so its taking longer than it should since I'm developing for both platforms at the same time.

I like this app, an elegant solution.

Unfortunately, I have migrated all of my calendar duties to PocketInformant as the built-in calendar kinda sucks. I can't give up the increased functionality provided by PI and I know that RIM restricts the interaction between third-party apps so I am SOL. :(

I'll do anything to not talk on the phone. Why? Because I talk on the phone all day at work...

But, I like this product. One thing I do wonder is this. Since it merges items to one's calendar, if I'm on BES would it wirelessly sync that data to my Outlook, too?

Now that would be great. We could run reports, etc, etc...

I guess I better download it to verify. Gosh, that Ryan is always making me spend money...

I use this application and it helps verify incoming calls from clients. My detailed billing from Rogers does not list the number of the incoming call (outgoing it does) but this application does the job. I sync with Outlook and everything is there for billing including incoming and outgoing SMS.

Best of all, if there is a problem with the app, Ryan has fixed it quickly.

Great job Ryan!

I really enjoy phonelog, but would like to see the ability to give the recorded logs from it in a different category - could it be built to have the ability to pull the list of available categories from the user's calendar then show those as available options to apply to the logs it creates? Its an awesome app to have onhand to be able to track your calls and keep them accessible in your outlook - I use a BES, so its all automatically syncing for me! Thank you!

myCallLogs can record logs for each categories.
You can even ignore contacts in different categories and dont log them

Is there a way to delete multiple entries from the calender field and clear an entire day? Or is deletion one log at a time?

Glad to see this app reviewed. I've been happy with it and the developer is very responsive in addressing issues. There is also a trial available for anyone wondering if this is a worthwhile app for them or not.

If you have a use for an app like this give it a try. It's definitely worth it.

I'd definitely buy this if it did what the article said it was supposed to do. Log SMS as well as calls. Why try to sell something that's broken? Trying to be like the Storm?

When I went to buy the app a few weeks ago I recommended some things to the developer. Since then days of the week have been incorporated, but there is the option to enable incoming and outgoing sms. So could it be carrier related?

I really like how now it prompts you if you want to log the call or not, thus not allowing your calendar to get filled rather quickly!

i am looking for the phonelog app , if you have the link please please send it to me... my pin number is 23587E24