MobileSphere recently launched a free voice messaging service called (very aptly!) Slydial, that connects you automatically to someone’s voice mail so you can leave a message when you don’t feel like going through the conversation mode, or are pressed for time.
Some of the scenario’s they present where Slydial could be especially useful are quite humorous, others very realistic. Feel like taking a play day and you are calling in “oh so sick” and don’t want to actually talk to your boss? There you go. How about that “let’s just be friends” call that you’re too chicken to actually have the other person on the other end of the line listening to because you don’t want to hear an hour’s worth of sobbing? Uh-huh. Want to call and thank Great Aunt Bessie for the lovely birthday sweater she sent you, but don’t want to hear all about her aches and pains for a half-hour? Yep, you’re seeing where this could come in handy, aren’t you?
Slydial is a totally free service to use, and you don’t even need to create an account, unless you want extra features like Click 2 Slydial, which allows you to make calls from your computer. All you have to do is simply dial 267-Slydial (267-759-3425) from any landline or mobile number. You then enter the cell number of the person you wish to call, and wait for the service to connect you to their voice mail. Oh so sly, eh?
Some downsides: You do have to put up with a rather long advertisement. But, if you plan to use their service often, you can sign up for their ad-free service, which will run you $.15 per call, and give you some other kind of interesting features. Also, currently it only works in the US, and if you use a pre-paid cell phone, you are probably out of luck with trying to use this service. You also have to be sure to have your caller ID feature turned on. The company says this is to prevent harassing phone calls through their service. And, it isn’t always totally sly. It occasionally lets out a very short ring before flipping over to the voice mail, which just may result in a callback and a conversation after all. Eeek!
To get some other ideas how you could use Slydial, check out their site for a little creative inspiration. Now you’ll all know why your in-box is suddenly full and you don’t remember even hearing your phone ring.
Read [Yahoo! News]