Before notification center came along in iOS 5, Android had a bit of an advantage in terms of usability, mainly due to the availability of widgets. However, now, using the Notification Center provided by iOS, users can do a lot through that part of the platform, especially if you have a jailbroken device. We have covered a number of Notification Center widgets in the past, like our post on the best available NC widgets for iOS 5, and today, we bring you another useful addition to the arsenal of available tweaks dedicated to Notification Center. NCInstaCall is a Cydia tweak that allows jailbreak users to make phone calls right from within the notification center. Of course you won’t get a widget having a complete dialer of its own (although that sounds fascinating), you will still be able to make calls quickly and with the ability to copy/ paste phone numbers.
NCInstaCall is a free tweak, which can be downloaded from the Big Boss repo over at the Cydia store. Once you have done that, don’t try looking for any changes in your iPhone’s notification center. Even though the tweak does not have an app icon displayed on the Springboard, there is a dedicated menu for it in the Notification Center’s settings. So, after installation of NCInstaCall, you have to manually enable it. This can be done as follows.
- Go to your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Tap Notification Center menu.
- You will find the tweak’s settings in that area. Just enable it, and you are done.
Once the tweak has been enabled, a new widget will appear in the Notification Center. Tapping it opens up a dial pad in the notification area, which is pretty similar to the stock keypad offered in iOS. Of course, there is no address book support in NCInstaCall, and you will have to dial any number just from your memory, but still, that is better than having nothing at all, and it’s not like you have to pay for the tweak. Alternatively, you can just paste a number that you received via an SMS or in an email right into the Notification Center widget. NCInstaCall can become a lot better if the developer adds some small rendition of a smart keypad to the mix, or maybe the ability to enter a name from your address book in order to make calls quickly. So, if you are on iOS 5, and have access to the Cydia store, do give the tweak a try.