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Hack lets iPhone users add 'speed-dial' icons

updated 11:00 am EST, Thu January 24, 2008

iPhone 'speed-dial' hack

Some iPhone owners have discovered a means of installing "speed-dial" icons on the the device's Home page, without first having to jailbreak it. The hack relies on the WebClip feature of the v1.1.3 firmware, and involves going to a URL listed as "", with the X replaced by a particular person's phone number. People must then cancel the "Call" window that pops up, and add the URL to the Home screen as they would any other webpage.

More advanced users can append "?picurl=http://y" to URLs, where Y is the address of a photo users want as a speed-dial icon. There are also instructions available on how to perform speed-dialing through an independent server, which may be important for those concerned with security. The main drawback to any version of the hack is that users must tap twice, first to select an entry and a second time to dial.

by MacNN Staff




  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    doesn't seem very speedy

  1. Kickaha

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just curious...

    How is this a 'hack' if it uses supplied functionality?

    By this reasoning, using WebClips in Dashboard to check on your stocks is a 'hack'.

    It's clever, but really, all it's doing is going to a bookmark, right?

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A cool hack.

    Yeah, a 'hack' since that was not the intended function.

    I've been trying to hold out for A2DP, but iPhone is starting to look very sweet.

  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But why?

    I guess I don't get it: You would need to access the screen with your "speed-dial" icon(s), tap one, then tap again to confirm the action to dial the number. And all this traffic goes through the servers - with the inherent ad revenue & potential security concerns associated with that data flow.

    As an alternative using built-in functionality, you just add your favorite numbers to the aptly-named "Favorites" list. Then, just double-click the home button to access this Favorites list, and tap the entry to dial. This seems easier, just as quick to command, and much more secure.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: a cool hack

    their site just redirects the URL to a tel:// link - it's not a hack at all. Putting a bookmark on the desktop is an intended function. A web browser being able to access a tel: link is an intended function.

    This is not a hack.

  1. jordandobson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Photo Dialer

    I've put together a SEXIER version of this that allows you to call the person again without hitting refresh. No jailbreaking needed either!'re right... it's not a hack it's just clever. I feel it's much easier to recognize a photo than someone's name at a quick glance.

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