Tel Anchor is doing the back button behavior


So this is super weird, I’m trying to launch the dialer when the user clicks on an anchor, this should be easy as:

<a ng-href="tel:123456789" class="ion-ios-telephone">Call for Price</a>

and for the config.xml

<access origin="tel:*" launch-external="yes" />    
<allow-navigation href="tel:*" />

However whenver I click the link, it’s as if I clicked the back button. I’m running on

Android 4.2 Real Device
Cordova 6.1.1
Ionic 1.1

Any clue why this might be happening? I just want the phone to dial the number, doesnt matter if it shows a confirmation first.