Maybe you need to break off your long distance relationship but don't want the guilt that will come from a lengthy conversation. Or perhaps Aunt Gertrude is in bed by the time you remember it's her birthday. Or maybe you just lack the people skills to carry on a conversation. Whatever your reason may be, chances are there's been a time when you wanted to get a message to someone without actually talking to them. Timing your call so you know you'll get through to voicemail can be tricky, but thanks to a new beta service , you can take the guesswork out of it and leave a message whenever you want.
Aptly named Slydial , the free service lets you connect directly to someone's voicemail from any landline or mobile phone, and it works with "all major U.S. wireless providers." The recipient will show a missed call with your caller ID information, but they won't actually get a chance to answer the phone.
To use Slydial, just dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425), enter the recipient's phone number, and after sitting through a short in-call advertising speel (a paid premium service eliminates this annoyance), you'll be connected to voicemail.
Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?
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