App Spotlight: MobileDay Lets You Join Conference Calls With Just One Tap
By Rick Broida
If you’ve ever tried to dial into a conference call from your smartphone, you know what a hassle it can be — especially if you’re behind the wheel of your car. (Forget hassle: That’s downright dangerous.)
The problem is that you have to dial not only the conference service number (which you can potentially speed-dial or even voice-dial), but also access codes, PINs, and/or other numbers.
If this information is stored in your calendar, good luck bopping back and forth between that and your dialer — and remembering every digit.
When you first install the app, it scans your smartphone’s calendar and automatically imports any upcoming conference calls.
You can also schedule calls manually; either way, the app pops up a reminder when it’s time to dial in.
And dialing in is literally a one-tap affair. There’s even a test-call option so you can make sure everything works before the actual call.
I will say that MobileDay isn’t immediately intuitive, especially if you don’t already have some calls on your calendar. I recommend checking out the how-to guides for a little help on getting set up.
The upshot is that if you’re already hooked up with one or more conference-call services, you can configure those within the app — though this process can be a little confusing. For example, MobileDay requires a “Host ID” as part of the configuration, but the service I’m using — FreeConference.com — doesn’t have anything with that label, only an organizer access code and participant access code.
Thus, you might experience a little trial and error in getting everything set up properly.
That said, when the time came to dial in, MobileDay worked like a charm. And I like its options to quick-send an e-mail or text to other participants (like “I’m running late” or “start without me.”). Very handy.
For anyone who routinely dials into conference calls on the run, MobileDay is a godsend. Best of all, it’s free.