Two of the most used icons are missing from my iPhone home screen… the call button and contacts button.
The reason is that I just don’t use them so rather than have them taking up valuable real estate, I’ve dumped them.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that I don’t use my phone for phone calls but it’s quite the contrary at last check I’d made over 4800 phone calls from this device alone.
What’s going on here is that I simply use a service we developed called ConXhub because it has a really cool interface for managing my contacts, groups, favourites and recent’ s and I simply don’t need anything else.
With its multi profile feature, ConXhub has always been great for allowing me to call using any of my work or personal phone numbers meaning I don’t have to carry multiple phones around with me or be tied to my desk. In fact many who know me will often find me handling important phone calls at my favourite café. Whilst I use five different phone numbers excluding my mobile sim number I actually know of a client with 14 international phone numbers that he regularly uses.
Since installing ConXhub, I haven’t once used either the call or the contacts button and so I simply demoted them.
As I mentioned, ConXhub is profile based meaning you can add a phone number; existing or new, mobile or landline, national or international and set that number against a profile which could be for; personal or business, selling online, social media, dating, gaming or literally anything that reflects your personal lifestyle.
The original core purpose of ConXhub was to save you from carrying more than one phone, helping the environment, saving you money and obviously increasing your efficiency. It was also designed to free you from your ‘dumb’ desk phone if you had one, by allowing you to make and receive calls at any time but more importantly anywhere and even whilst on the move by being non VoIP and using the mobile voice network instead of WiFi. In addition, many of the core desk phone functions have been added to the service, including; call transfer, hunt groups, virtual reception (pres 1 for, 2 for…), voicemail to email and Do Not Disturb.
By putting any phone number on your personal mobile for any purpose gives endless possibilities not simply restricted to the obvious; work phone, personal phone, combination.
The new interface is incredibly intuitive but also has a few hidden tricks. For example long pressing on a selected contact will give you options to add to favourites and having selected a phone number to call from long pressing it will give you an option to add this as a speed dial number so next time you choose to call that contact it will automatically select the respective profile. One of the biggest reasons I no longer require the IOS Call Button is due to the bypass option which simply calls my selected contact via the SIM. I can select bypass on the fly or add contacts or groups like ‘family’, to a bypass list.
ConXhub has traditionally been an HD quality multi number dialler but it also incorporates instant messaging and SMS all centred around your personal profiles. A new portal will bring all your conversations together in one place including call logs, IM, SMS, email, video calls, conference calls and web chat and later your social media. An intuitive filter system will give you fingertip control over what you receive and a revolutionary ‘Do Not Disturb’ system will allow you to control as to when people can contact you via each of your profiles.
ConXhub is available in several forms depending on your needs and with full pbx switchboard integration if required bringing enhanced desk phone features to the mobile. Each enhancement is controlled remotely with the application simply morphing into the desired form without any end user interaction
ConXhub is a joy to use, seamlessly interconnecting me with all my contacts past , present and new.
Give ConXhub a whirl and see if you can live without your Call Button.