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In attending/hosting conference calls, I'd like to be able to dial the conference call provider and enter the required PIN code directly from the entry in my calendar.

The process I currently use is:

  1. When scheduling the call - create the calendar entry for the call, including in the field [Where - Event Location] the number and PIN to dial in the format +CCAAANNNNNNN,,PPPPPP#, where CC = country code, AAA = area code, NNNNNNN is the conference call telephone number, PPPPPP = the PIN code needed. The first two commas are to wait long enough, the third comma is to stop the # requried to enter the PIN from not being recognised.
  2. When setting up or dialling into the call: 1. Open the calendar entry, 2. Edit, 3. Select the text in the "Where- event location" field, 4. Copy, 5. Switch to the dialler, 6. Paste, and then 7. Dial.

Whilst this works, is is clearly not as efficient as clicking a link in the Calendar Event +CCAAANNNNNNN,,PPPPPP#,. Frustratingly, this even comes up as a hyperlink, but Android gives me the options Earth & Maps (as well as two other proprietary links - Radar which is part of the App "GPS Status", and ZVVFahrplan - part of the Zürich city public transports system's app).

I have tried all permutations that I can think of rfc3966.txt: The tel URI for Telephone Numbers. For example tel:+442012345555,,123456#, or, tel:+442012345555","","123456"#""," or tel:+442012345555PP123456FP

If if put the number in the Notes field within the Calendar event, it turns into a diallable link, but chopped up. I can dial the number , but not the PIN.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Thanks to Doug Plenty for providing the answer to me directly. This is the subject of an Apple patent and over which they are suing HTC (amongst others) who customise Android in a way that the stock OS doesn't dare.

See for example http://mashable.com/2011/12/19/apple-patent-victory/

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