Unless you have some sort of quick-composition tweak installed on your device such as Messages+, iRealSMS, or biteSMS, you have to manually open the messages application to compose a text message. The same goes for composing emails, making phone calls, and launching Web sites. Wouldn’t it be great if a simple Activator action would allow us to do all of these things? Now with a new jailbreak tweak dubbed CallActivator
by iOS developer VincenzoBB
, Activator can do all of these things; you simply input the information it asks for.
CallActivator, when installed, will place a preferences pane in the Settings application. From these preferences we can set an Activator action for up to four different functions. The functions encompass composing text messages, composing emails, loading up Web pages, and placing phone calls. Fortunately, instead of requiring an individual action for each and every input (that would be twelve Activator actions), the developer made it so one Activator action brings up a menu for the function you invoked. This means a total of four Activator actions will be used if you use them all (you can use less if you want). The menu looks like this for each of the four functions of CallActivator:
Whatever you name your actions in the CallActivator settings is what will appear in the popup menu. Whichever action you tap from the menu is what will actually happen. For example, tapping Launch ModMyi would open Safari and load up ModMyi’s Web site because I put in ModMyi’s URL for the CallActivator settings. Tapping SMS Contact 1 would start a text message for the phone number I input into the first SMS slot in the CallActivator settings and the list goes on.
Choosing the Activator actions you want to use for invoking any of the four functionalities of CallActivator are also found from the CallActivator preferences pane – way at the bottom:
CallActivator does prove to be useful for anyone looking for shortcuts, however it’s not without its shortcomings. One major caveat is you have to enter contact information manually and it doesn’t allow you to search through your contact book to simply auto-fill your data. This can be a pain as you either manually type the numbers or go back and forth between applications as you copy and paste data. You should also be mindful of CallActivator using up to four Activator actions. Activator actions are very limited and this is something to consider before buying it. On the other hand, it's such a good tweak for allowing you to get things done faster and more conveniently.
CallActivator requires iOS 5 to install and will work on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Obviously, the phone option will only work on the iPhone, however the other three functions will work great on the iPad and iPod touch as we would expect them to.