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This chapter is all about using the iPhone to place, receive, and manage phone calls, because after all it's called the iPhone, so it had better deliver in the area of making calls. Since the iPod touch isn't a phone, most of the movies in this chapter won't apply to it, although one or two movies like the ones on sharing contacts, using face time, and using iMessage are relevant to the iPod touch. All right, let's begin with the look at the basic features of the iPhone's phone capabilities. To do most things phone related, you have to open up the phone app. The phone app is divided into five sections across the bottom: Favorites, Recents, Contacts, Keypad and Voicemail.
Briefly, Favorites, which is currently selected here, is where you store your most frequently called or used numbers. We'll look at how to manage this area in an upcoming movie. Recents is a list of every call you have Placed, Received or Missed. Tapping any these numbers instantly dials that number back. Tapping the blue arrow next to the listing gives you the details of the call, which can be useful if you want to see the time and date when the call is placed, received, or missed. You can also filter the list to just see missed calls. You can remove listings from the Recents list by sliding your finger across an entry to reveal the Delete button and then tapping Delete.
Alternately, tap the Edit button. Here tap the red delete icon to reveal the Delete button and remove individual numbers. You can also tap Clear to delete everything in this list. When you're done, tap Done. Next, we have the Contacts area. This is essentially your address book. From here you can access the numbers and addresses of all the people you've added to the contacts on your computer if you have synced your iPhone to your computer, as well as the contacts you have created on the iPhone. Now this Contact section of the phone app is identical to the contacts app you can find either on your home screen or whichever screen you might have moved it to.
Personally, I never use the contacts app, since I can get to it from the phone app, but some people like to able to acces their contacts without having to go into the phone app. Just know that they both take you to the same place. Next, we have the Keypad, which as its name implies, is a keypad for dialing out from your phone. Just tap in the number you want to call. If you make a mistake you can tap the Backspace button.
Once you have the number entered, tap Call to place the call. This button to the left of the Call button is for adding numbers you dialed to your contacts list. We'll talk more about adding contacts later. The fifth and final section is for checking your Voicemail messages, which is where you view and listen to the messages left for you by people whose calls you either missed or didn't answer. We'll take an in-depth to look at voicemail in an upcoming movie, but for now those are the five sections of the iPhone's Phone App. You might have noticed that you can dial your phone from each one of those areas, so once you understand what each area is for, you'll then figure out the best section to use when you need to place a call.
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