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Parley Dialer Review
By Ed Hardy
The Parley Dialer is a sort of adapter that lets your handheld talk with your phone via infrared, passing phone numbers wirelessly.
Unfortunately, the Parley Dialer is limited to analog phone lines. It won't work with the digital lines that are used by most large companies. But small business and home users shouldn't have any problems.
I asked someone at Synchroscan about this and he said they are working on a digital line version. It is more complicated than you might think because all digial phone lines don't handle dialing the same.
On one side is an infrared port for communicating with the Palm. This is sometimes a bit finicky. I had to hold my Palm directly in front of the Dialer and within a few feet.
On the top is a LED that changes color to indicate status.
If the Dialer has successfully received the number, a green light on top blink. If there was some problem, a red one will. Pushing the button on the top will reset it. You can also use this button to redial the last number.
I used the Dialer with at least three different Palm OS handhelds of different makes and models and it worked with all of them without a hitch.
To complicate life, I live in an area with 10-digit dialing where no less than three area codes are local calls. The Parley Dialer rose to the challenge beautifully. It can hold four different area codes as being local calls. So if I dial a number with one of my three, it dials all ten digits. If I dial a number that isn't, the Dialer knows to put a 1 in front of it.
Many people have to dial a 9 to get an outside line. For some people this is an 8 instead. Anyway, the Dialer can handle this, too. Do the same thing you did for the area code except put in the digit you need. When got my demo copy it was already programmed to dial a 9; I had to program it with a 0 to get it to stop.
Another possible difficulty is there are almost certainly people whom you frequently call at different numbers. Don't be concerned, there is a simple solution for this.
There is a free application you can download from Synchroscan that will let you easily choose which phone number to dial. It is basically a clone of the built-in Address Book with one additional function. On each address, there has been added a button labeled ''IR dial''. Pushing this will open a window with all five possible phone numbers listed as large buttons. Pushing one of these will dial that number.
They are working on a more advanced application that will help you keep track of who you called, for how long, and more.
Its only downside is I'm even more dependent on my Palm than ever before because no longer learn any phone numbers. I haven't had to dial one in weeks.
If you are frequently looking up numbers in your Palm, why not save yourself some trouble and have the number dialed for you?
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