CNET Editors' review
Phone Amego is a clever little menu-bar app that integrates your iPhone--or other Bluetooth phone--with your Mac and with the Google Voice service. At its most basic, Phone Amego provides onscreen caller ID (a small window on your Mac displays incoming callers, and you close the window to send the call to voice mail, or you can program it with AppleScript to respond when you speak the name) and enables you to call contacts from your Address Book with just a couple of clicks. There are also basics like a call log, timer, and a hot key for answering calls. You can place calls from Phone Amego's Call window, or via Quicksilver or LaunchBar, and you can also dial almost any number on your screen using a contextual menu, although you have to activate this OS X service ability manually in System Preferences. Phone Amego supports Growl notifications, and you can receive SMS messages in iChat.
Phone Amego gets even more useful if you have a Google Voice account: you can make Google Voice calls, and you can send free Google Voice SMS messages to multiple recipients directly from Address Book. This app can also execute scripts based on your phone's status, including several useful ones that come built in, such as muting iTunes when you take a call or changing your iChat status when you get on or off a call. This app is still growing, but if you spend a lot of time simultaneously on your phone and your Mac, Phone Amego's useful features, good documentation, and responsive developer make it a worthwhile investment.
From Sustainable Softworks:
Phone Amego lets you use your Mac as a powerful "front end" for your Bluetooth cell phone, your Google Voice account, a VoIP telephone adaptor, and one or more landlines. Dial calls directly from your Address Book using whichever phone you choose. Enjoy on-screen Caller ID, call screening, logging, and many other advanced features. Simple to setup and use.
What's new in this version:
- Fix support for X-Lite softphone.
- Fix dialing with GrandStream IP phones.
- Power Dialer - disable auto-advance when ringtime is zero.
- Don't overwrite name on previous Contact Card.
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All versions:3.8 stars
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"Great works very well"
Version: Phone Amego 1.4_8
Having the ability to use my laptop as a handsfree set-up for the iPhone via bluetooth rocks. Using an iPhone 5.
Noticed there's also a google voice option but we don't have it in the UK.
I highly recommend this application.
"Love it! Does what it says it does."
Version: Phone Amego 1.4c1
I'm replacing Parliant's PhoneValet which is discontinued and problematic to begin with. Phone Amego in combination with a Google Voice account is allowing me to finally get rid of my landline.
Fairly easy to use but took a while for me to get it all set up.
As an IT person, I've always been amazed at how lame phone/computer integration is. This app has changed my mind.
"Crashes during setup."
Version: Phone Amego 1.3c2
No basis for saying.
Looks to be a good product, but it crashed three times when i tried to set it up, taking a couple of other applications with it. Maybe my Nokia N 97 is incompatible with it.
It's not worth the effort, much less the cost.
"Now with VoIP ATA CID Integration - Awesome"
Version: Phone Amego 1.1.9
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This little Phone Friend now has it all, works great with my SPA-2100 -- I can get CID for my iPhone and SIP VoIP without having to run to grab the phones to see who's calling. This is the kind of integration Apple should have built-in! Google Voice fits the dialing bill nicely, as well as BT dialing for iPhones. The developer is very responsive to feature suggestions and bug resolution.
About the only things I can think of that would be additional features to add would be some iChat (maybe Yahoo IM too) contextual menus to allow dialing contacts who have numbers in the Address Book. Also Safari phone number dialing integration like there is on the iPhone, but that's probably something Apple needs to add... The Services menu just doesn't quite fit the bill.