egzthunder1 · Jun 7, 2010 at 08:17 pm

Have Your Own Secretary with Mobile Receptionist

If you work for someone, your boss probably has someone hired to do their chores. You know, all those tedious tasks like taking down memos, sending out e-mails, and of course, taking the calls of whoever is trying to get in touch with you. Thanks to XDA member zaijian, anyone with a WM phone can have one. Mobile Receptionist, as its name implies, is a program that handles tasks that are assigned to it. It can do anything from sending e-mails, forward SMS, and yes, even answer your calls. No more sneaking out of meetings to answer the phone simply to tell them that you will call them back. The app was recently updated and includes a few improvements. However, the app is still under testing, so not all options are available at the moment. The only drawback about this app is that it will not be able to make you coffee :)

What It Does
Mobile Receptionist is a program for your Windows Mobile 5.0+ phone that can handle incoming call, SMS, and email notifications, and execute actions depending on a set of criteria.

How It Works
You configure the Mobile Receptionist via
Profiles. Profiles handle incoming events and phone status changes.
Multiple profiles can be enabled simultaneously. For example, you could have one profile automatically forward all incoming SMS messages to an email address for archiving, and another one that responds to all SMS messages and incoming calls while you’re at work.

The Full Profile has Rules. Each Rule contains Criteria and Actions. If all the Critiera are met, then all the Actions are executed. There are also Criteria for the Profile, which apply globally to all Rules in the Profile.

The Full Profile has complete functionality and flexibility of Rules, Criteria, and Actions – but there are also specialized Profile types that are streamlined and easier to configure:
A Sms Responder Profile only handles incoming calls/sms and responds to the original caller.
A Event Monitor Profile only monitors events and sends notifications to a set address.
A Blacklist Profile only ignores or hangs up on certain numbers or contacts.
A Remote Control Profile allows remote control of the phone. Send SMS, get GPS coordinates, disable/enable profiles, look up contact information, etc.

Use cases
Watching a movie: set up rules to respond to missed calls and text messages with an SMS saying you’re unavailable and will get back to them later.
Archiving: set up rules to forward all text messages to your email account.
Multiple phones: if you have a work phone and a personal phone, after working hours you could set up rules on your work phone to send SMS to your personal phone if the call/message is urgent.
Remote notification: If you’re entering a secure building where you can’t bring your phone, but have internet access, set up rules to send you an email every time you missed a call, got a text message, have an upcoming appointment.

You can find more information in the application thread.


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egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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