The same goes for Mac users with iPhones. Does it matter much that the iPhone is in your pocket, purse, or lying nearby? There’s not much effort to make a call because the Mac can also make and receive calls. What if you don’t have an iPhone? There’s an app for that.
HandsFree Calls Hands Free*
To be fair about this, the Mac app HandsFree isn’t really about keeping your hands free. I mean, hey– you still need your hands and fingers; you’re working on a Mac, right?
What HandsFree* really means is you keep your hands off the phone and just use the Mac to take and receive phone calls. Maybe iHandsOff™ would be a better name that more closely matches a description of HandsFree.
All you need is an iPhone or any other decent smartphone with Bluetooth. HandsFree pairs with the phone so you can use the Mac to make and receive calls. The Mac’s speakers act as the speakers for the iPhone, and the Mac’s built-in microphone enable you to talk through the phone.
You can also use a USB headset so your hands, while using the Mac, are almost free.
HandsFree uses the Mac’s built-in Contacts so you can dial out with a click. Incoming calls to your iPhone will pop up a corresponding alert to the Mac’s screen.
There’s notifications for missed calls with an option to call back.
There’s a built-in dial pad for numbers not in Contacts, and keyboard shortcuts are available to display the dial pad or the HandsFree menu. The latest version comes with a number of useful improvements, too. For example, it features extensions for the popular PopClip, built-in AppleScript support, an option to display and search Contacts, viewing incoming MMS messages on the Mac, and, of course, the ability to view text messages, too.
There’s also an unexpected bonus in HandsFree.
It works with almost any recent Bluetooth-equipped smartphone; not just the iPhone. HandsFree isn’t exactly hands free, but it lets you use your Mac to connect to your iPhone or Android smartphone so you won’t have to find the phone to make or receive a call while you’re working on your Mac.