I can remember back in the dim and distant past when all my old mobile phone could do was make calls and send texts. To make a call you had to punch the numbers in from memory until such time as the manufacturers created the magical address book. With the advent of smartphones, there is now a veritable torrent of dialling related apps and services that have revolutionised the way we contact and interact with people.
I was a firm favourite of Contacts+ until I discovered the drag n drop world of Drupe and I switched allegiance. I know, I am a fickle bastard! Then Srinath Rajaram came along asking for me to take a look at Rolo. On its website, the developer states: Rolo is an app that helps you track and follow-up with your clients, vendors & friends. Even if you have 1000s of clients & make 100s of calls, you’ll remember everything.”
That’s a tall claim, but I believe that Rolo is clearly more than “just a dialler” and more of a contact management system.
Central to the power of Rolo is the ability to carry out multiple tasks at the touch of a finger on a contact. You can see the call and SMS history for that contact, see what emails you have sent, enter notes so your information is bang up to date. You can also create reminders to text, email or telephone that contact – and include them in the reminder.
If you need to share all those contact details with others, that is covered, too.
Clever stuff which is available quickly and simply, even when a contact makes a surprise call you can have all their relevant data literally at your fingertips.
Adding Contacts A Breeze
Adding contacts is a breeze. Go into the call log and tap on the + symbol and add a name to accompany the number. No more flicking back between contacts list and call log hoping you have entered the number right!
Duplicate contact details are mercilessly tracked down and merged and you can even quickly snap a business card and its data will be stored while you carry out background tasks, you don’t have to hang around for it to be processed.
If you are unfortunate enough to lose your phone, your Rolo data is safely backed up with a reputable cloud provider (they don’t say which one) and protected by AES encryption.
Rolo is available on a freemium basis. Like most freemium apps and services, the free version is supported by advertisements. It’s understandable that developers need to maintain an income flow.
Premium Rolo A Bargain
The downside to the free version of Rolo is that the advertisements come at you thick and fast, so fast it seems that they are a danger to epileptics! (edited to add that this has been fixed).
The upside is that the premium version of Rolo is just 350 Indian Rupees a year – yes, that’s right, a year – although there is a deal on at the moment for 150 IR a year and you have a 14-day free trial. That price is not going to make a hole in anyone’s budget!
The crunch question is will it replace Drupe as my dialler of choice. Not at the moment, but I am very tempted to go for the premium option to see how it shapes up over the next year. I would, however, recommend that you take it for a test drive and discover whether it can become your go to contact management and dialler.
Edit: Srinath Rajaram from Rolo has updated me on the company’s product support. He writes :” We are announcing a partnership with Freshdesk today to bring Freshdesk support to the dialer. We are calling it the Rolodesk. The idea is to update tickets and get ticket information without leaving the dialer.”