A new free service has the answer to avoiding talking to people you really have to call, but would rather not actually talk to. It’s called Slydial, and it deposits you directly into their voicemail, without their phone ever ringing.
You know those times that you have gotten someone’s voicemail and later they say “I never heard it ring?” Well, now you can duplicate that experience on purpose.
The free service is supported by sponsors and ads – but only you – the caller – hear them, not the person you are calling, so that your cover isn’t blown.
The way that it works is that you dial your call through the Slydial system – when you connect – and before you are connected to your target’s voicemail – you listen to an ad.
According to the Slydial site, “Slydial is easy to use, connects to all major U.S. wireless carriers and calls can be placed from any mobile or landline phone. Unlike standard text messages, which limit users to only 160 characters and do not convey emotion, leaving a slydial message allows users to control their message length and context with a personalized voice message. Additionally, while not everybody uses text messaging, voicemail is universal!”
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Said Gavin Macomber, EVP for Slydial’s parent company, MobileSphere, “MobileSphere has long provided its customers with innovative mobile services to enhance the user experience. slydial offers a convenient, clever and flexible approach to staying in touch and communicating with family, friends and business contacts.”
So why would you use such a service? According to Slydial, beta testers used the service for such varied purposes as:
Canceling a date they never wanted to go on in the first place Confirming appointments with business contacts Avoiding a lengthy conversation with a chatty relative
But, adds Macomber, that’s not all!
“From breaking up with a significant other to calling in sick from work to placing surgical sales calls, our users, from teens to adults, are finding countless reasons to slydial someone. It provides the ultimate illusion of communication. Being able to get the last word in has never been this easy!”
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Wow. Interesting niche marketing there, Slydial!
To try Slydial out, dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425) and follow the voice prompts. You can check out their site here.
And then tell us what you used (or would use) Slydial for!
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