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  1. peterc10

    peterc10 Well-Known Member
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    A lot of the time I leave my phone on its desk charger. I would like to be able to set it up so that anytime that I receive or make a call when it is charging the loudspeaker mode will be automatically turned on. That way it can be used as a speakerphone. Is there an app that can do that please?

    Alternatively is there a little switch widget that I can put on my homescreen and which can toggle the loudspeaker mode on and off? I want this to usable when I first set the phone on charge, so I do not have to fiddle about with the phone when a call comes in.

    By the way I am still running a stock Orange 1.5 ROM

    Thanks for any help
     

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  2. jmfryer1978

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    Search on the Market for an app called "Car Mode". With this you can add a Widget which when pressed will turn on the loudspeaker automatically when you receive/make a call. You just press it again to turn it off.

    Hope this helps
     
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  3. Xyro

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    Well, Loacle can do this for you. But that's if you're willing to pay $10 for Loacle and $1 for the speakerphone plugin.

    That's pricey enough for an app, but don't forget to factor in the two foreign currency charges your bank might make. (So like
     
  4. peterc10

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    Many thanks to both of you.

    jmfryer1978 - I tried Car Mode and it works well. With it you do not need a bluetooth car kit - had good conversation using the speakerphone. Only trouble is I have already forgotten to toggle it off! So I am still looking for something that does this automatically if possible. If not then I will continue to use it and try to remember to toggle.

    Xyro - will locale work automatically by sensing that it is on the charger? I thought it just relied upon your position to set up a profile. I can't do that if I am going to use it in the car. And when I am at home I only want it to be on speakerphone when it is sitting on its charger
     
  5. Xyro

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    It doesn't just rely on your location, it can detect other factors too, including whether the phone is charging. So you can set it to automatically switch to speakerphone when the phone is charging.

    It sounds like that's just what you want, it's just a lot to pay for an app.
     
  6. revel

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  7. peterc10

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    Thanks for this. Looks good, the problem is I can't access it on Google Market. Have tried searching, and using the bar code on the probeez site but Google tells me it can't be found. I have left a comment on the probeez website. I suspect it is because it is for use with 1.6 and above.
     
  8. lluisanunez

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    UpSoundDown does exactly this: automatically switches to loudspeaker when your phone is flipped vertically, lying flat face up, or lying flat face down (depending on configuration)
     
  9. revel

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    Sorry i have just noticed you are on an orange Hero hopefully you will get
    the upgrade soon.
     
  10. peterc10

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    I tried that already. Unfortunately this does not do what I want it to do which is switch to loudspeaker when it is charging on a desk (or car) dock. And having to take the phone out of the dock and move it around when the phone rings would sort of defeat the purpose of having it on the dock as a speakerphone in the first place.

    Anyway the good news is that I got a copy of the free version of the Setting Profiles from the slideME site. Had to download the apk to my computer and then copy it across and use Astro to run it, at which point I realised just how much easier using the market is than the old Windows Mobile ways, but hey it worked.

    So many thanks to revel for coming up with pretty well exactly what I asked for.

    In addition for those looking for a cheaper version of Locale the paid for version of Setting Profiles ($3.95) looks pretty good. Seems to have lots of things that you pay extra for in Locale. I may well give it a go once I get 2.1 and have access to it via the market.
     
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    I might give setting profiles a look :)

    Bit late now though, already bought locale :p
     
  12. SmartDyne

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    You may also use EasySwitch as widget for toggling this setting or EasyProfiles for automatic switching. Both are available as free trial version at the market.
     
  13. Xyro

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    Tasker just came out of beta and can do this too. It's basically like loacle on acid; it has way more options and triggers and such.

    Costs
     
  14. brigsteer

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    If you update to 2.1 on Orange the latest update puts a speakerphone option on the calling screen. There is also the option to mute as well. No apps needed for download. The update is well worth doing....in my opinion of course.

    Steve
     
  15. peterc10

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    Steve,

    thanks and yes I had noticed that. It is better than before but is still a tad too fussy for me. I want to use this as an effective car phone and desk phone, and searching for a little button on a screen is not something I want to do in either of those circumstances. The free version of Setting Profiles does it all automatically for me.

    By if you have a powered mount for your car, putting the Hero onto loudspeaker effectively removes the need for a bluetooth carphone kit.
     
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