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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. And 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 one on sharing contacts and using iMessage are relevant to the iPod . All right, let's begin with a look at the basic features of the iPhone's phone capabilities. To do anything phone-related, you have to start by opening the Phone app. The Phone app is divided into five sections across the bottom here.
We have Favorites, Recents, Contacts, Keypad, and Voicemail. Briefly, Favorites is where you store your most frequently called numbers. We'll look at how to manage this area in an upcoming movie. Recents is a list of every call you've placed, received or missed. Tapping any of these instantly dials that number back. Tapping the Blue arrow gives you details of the call, which can be useful if you want to see the time and date when the call was placed, received or missed. You can also filter the recent calls to just see the Missed calls. You can remove numbers from the Recents list by sliding your finger across any entry to reveal the Delete button and then tap Delete.
Alternately, tap the Edit button, and here, tap the red Delete icon to reveal the Delete button and remove individual numbers, or tap Clear to delete everything in this list. That gives you the Clear All Recents button, which you can tap or you can cancel. Next, we have the Contacts area, and this is essentially your address book. From here you can access the numbers and addresses of all the people you've added to your contacts on your computer, if you synced your iPhone with your computer, as well as the contacts you've created on your iPhone. Now, this Contacts section of the Phone app is identical to the Contacts app you can find either on your home screen, or whichever you screen you might have moved it to.
Personally, I never use the Contacts app since I can get to it from here in the Phone app; but some people like to be able to access Contacts from their home screen. Just note that they both lead you to the same place. Next, we have Keypad, which as its name implies is the keypad for dialing up from your phone. Just tap in the number you want to call. Now, if you make a mistake, you can tap the Backspace button; and once you have the number entered, you can 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 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 these 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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