Dial My Calls: Properly Used or Abused at Holidays?

Dial My Calls: Properly Used or Abused at Holidays?

Taryn Williford
Nov 26, 2008

We can see the need for a service like Dial My Calls. It's a free online application that lets you record a message and automatically dial out and play the message to up to 25 people. A great tool for, say, getting the word out about a canceled party or to change the time of an office meeting, but we're thinking that a service like this one will be mostly used to our dismay with one of our personal holiday-centric communication pet peeves...

We cannot stand—well, it's not that harsh really—when friends and family send out those mass text messages to say "Happy Veterans Day" or "Hope you're having an awesome St. Patricks Day."

Perhaps one "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year" is ok, but when you start sending us "Happy Grandparents Day" mass texts, we'll start to get testy. Even more so when the mass text is trying to be personal and relay a message like, "What are you doing for the 4th? Having fun?"

So when we saw Dial My Calls, we immediately thought of it's more annoying uses. It allows you one mass message per day to up to 25 numbers with its free account. That's a whole lot of "I hope you're having a great day ;)"

Even worse, it's a smart little app: It detects voicemail and answering machines and doesn't start the message until the voicemail will record the whole thing. It can also email the message to recipients in addition to playing the message back in a phone call. There's no escape!

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