PLACE_CALL action invokes the mobile phone application dials the phone directly. If you do not want the phone to be dialed directly, then use action CALL_PHONE.

Attributes Value Mandatory
action_name PLACE_CALL Yes
event_list comma separated list of events, eg: TAP Yes
input_parameter_list paramater containing phone number Yes
target_parameter_list “phone_number” Yes


  • target_parameter_list MUST BE equal to “phone_number”. target_parameter_list=”phone_number”

Example 1

In this example, the user enters the phone number. On tap of PUSHBUTTON the device phone application is invoked and phone number is dialed direcly.


  • field_name=”phone_no_to_call” in the EDIT control.

  • In the action PLACE_CALL for PUSHBUTTON control
    • input_parameter_list=”phone_no_to_call”
    • target_parameter_list=”phone_number”
<control type="EDIT" x="35" y="3" width="60" height="8" appearance_name="edit_box" data_type="VARCHAR"
            field_name="phone_no_to_call" size="80" keyboard_type="PHONE"/>
<control type="PUSHBUTTON" x="35" y="13" width="60" height="8" appearance_name="blue_button" data_type="VARCHAR"
                            <action event_list="TAP" action_name="PLACE_CALL"
                                            input_parameter_list="phone_no_to_call" target_parameter_list="phone_number"/>

Example 2

In this example, the user provides a static phone number on the screen, which when tapped invokes the device phone application. The phone number is dialed directly.


  • In the TEXT control
    • default_value=”18889990000”
    • field_name=”static_phone_no_to_call”
  • In the action PLACE_CALL for TEXT control
    • input_parameter_list=”static_phone_no_to_call”
    • target_parameter_list=”phone_number”
<control type="TEXT" x="2" y="21" width="25" height="8" appearance_name="black" data_type="VARCHAR"
            default_value="18889990000" field_name="static_phone_no_to_call">
                        <action event_list="TAP" action_name="PLACE_CALL"
                                            input_parameter_list="static_phone_no_to_call" target_parameter_list="phone_number"/>

Reference tutorial

This chapter uses source code from appemble-tutorial-actions. If you have not downloaded tutorial source code, click on Download Source Code - Tutorials

Android - Right click on appemble-tutorial-actions and click on Run as Android application.

iOS - Select scheme appemble-tutorial-actions and iPhone x.x simulator. Click on Product -> Run.