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TouchTone phones uses a system called Dual Tone Multifrequency dialing, which turns the digits you press into sounds which your phone company uses to determine who it is you're calling. You usually use the buttons on your phone to generate these, but you can also use your computer's speakers to play the sounds into a phone.

First you'll need to grab the tones necessary. Here are some MP3 tones which you can use (control-click and save to disk): 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 * #

Now make a playlist in iTunes and give it a name. Drag each needed tone to the playlist, in order. For example, I will make one for the "Directorate of Time" of the United States. The Directorate's time-by-voice announcer in Washington, DC is 1-202-762-1401, so I'd drag the needed sounds to the playlist.

Finally, get your phone (hopefully it's portable!) and turn it on. Hold the receiver up to your speaker and start playing tones. After it's done, with any luck, the phone should be ringing. It may take some experimentation to see how far away from the speaker you need to hold it. It should be noted that there is a minimum of a 60 millisecond pause between each tone. If, for some reason, iTunes switches between the sounds too quickly, you might have to record a short 'padding' sound to go between them.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, and it seems like the long way to dial the phone, but it's interesting nonetheless...]
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Speed dial project
Authored by: sinjin on Apr 01, '04 11:58:10AM

This had "Applescript project/cool waste of time" written all over it! Start with the premiss of this hint but write a script that scours your Address Book for phone numbers and then uses something like QuickTime Pro to stitch the proper tones together and then saves it to your iTunes library under "Artist" = "Speed dial" with the name of the person/business as the title of the mp3 file. You could even set up "local" vs "long distance" files to dial the appropriate number from where you are calling. That would be useful. Perhaps this had been done already?



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Speed dial project
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 01, '04 12:24:17PM

This is interesting ... but it's an incredibly complex way to do a task that has already been ultrasimplified. Run a search for the word "phone" or the word "dial" on VersionTracker, and you'll see what I mean.



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Speed dial project
Authored by: gjw on Apr 01, '04 12:34:58PM

Anyone else been around long enough to remember that HyperCard had a "dial" command? Wonder how hard it would be to whip up a dial OSAX. Can't find an existing one in a cursory search.



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DialWithModem OSAX
Authored by: jecwobble on Apr 01, '04 01:59:42PM
Speed dial project
Authored by: sinjin on Apr 01, '04 01:13:38PM

When I read the original hint I imagined using this to speed dial while on the road with my iPod by holding the earphones to the telephone. I know, why bother, just look up the "Contact" and dial it yourself! But where is the "fun"?! ;-) Anyhow, those apps look good for when you are at your computer, thanks for steering me there.



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For serious dialing...
Authored by: ab on Apr 01, '04 12:48:13PM

I use ABDialer from http://www.macronsoft.com to do the same with more options.

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For serious dialing...
Authored by: billabOng on Apr 01, '04 02:14:59PM

My phone has buttons, when I push them, they generate those tones automatically! I love technology.



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Use iTunes as a phonebook
Authored by: Manic Velocity on Apr 01, '04 01:38:22PM

Wow. This hint inspired me to get up and dig out my old tone dialer. These things are hard to find nowadays. I got mine in Idaho for a dollar. I would think with the right sound editing equipment, a laptop, and the "star" key mp3, one could turn that laptop into a hefty red box. ;)



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Use iTunes as a phonebook
Authored by: Manic Velocity on Apr 01, '04 01:39:55PM

Bleh. Listen to me, "sound editing equipment". Make that "sound editing software". :)



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Use iTunes as a phonebook
Authored by: aranor on Apr 01, '04 02:58:17PM
Quicksilver has a Dial command you can use to dial people in your AddressBook (you must enable Beta functionality for this)

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Use iTunes as a phonebook
Authored by: jonn8n on Apr 02, '04 02:13:12AM
Perhaps you should check out Jon's Phone Tool:

http://homepage.mac.com/jonn8/jpt/

Jon (yes, I am the author)

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Use iTunes as a phonebook
Authored by: babbage on Apr 02, '04 07:59:25AM

The tone links are 404 Not Found now. Can someone else provide a link? And to save people from 12 downloads, would a .sit or .tgz or .zip version be out of the question? Thanks :-)

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