Sunday, February 13, 2011

Create Click to Call link on Mobile Phones

Mobile web browsers are also phones. Creating links that lead directly to a call can be a very easy and continent way.
Most mobile web browser support click to call links. For obvious reason, all of them will confirm with the user before making the call.
Creating click to call links is very easy. In general there are 2 main types of click to call links:
* Apple devices
* All the other phones, especially feature phones (old generation mobile phones).

Apple use a simple way of doing call links. All you have to do is use the "tel" protocol instead of "http" when creating a link. For example, if you would like to make a call to the phone number: 1234567 when use clicks your link, all you have to do is:

<a href="tel:1234567">Call me now!</a>

This will also work:

<a href="tel://1234567">Call me now!</a>
Feature phones do not support Apple method, but most of them do allow call links, by using a similar way:
<a href="wtai://wp/mc;1234567">Call me now!</a>

Of course, if you are advertising a service or a product worldwide and you are using click to call link, it is always good to put a full phone number (country code prefix) and make am end to end test in order to make sure the number really makes it to its destination.

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