Admit it, there are times you want to call someone and be guaranteed you don't actually talk to them but are still able to leave them a message. You know the scenario: your wife calls and leaves you a message but you're getting ready for a meeting and don't have time to talk so you don't call her back and while you're in your meeting you get another message, left in that "I'm pissed that you're ignoring me" voice, asking where the blankety-blank you are and why you're being such a wank. You can't very well say to her, "Honey I wanted to let you know I got your message but I didn't want to talk to you, because if I had you'd have kept me on the phone for 10 minutes about something totally trivial and out of my control and I really had to go into my meeting."** Well, you could say that but then you'd be on the couch for a week.
**Please note that I've never, ever thought these things myself. I swear.
My friends, technology has once again come to the rescue. My friend Dan emailed me a link to a great service called SlyDial that allows you to dial a number and it automatically bypasses the ring and takes you directly to voice mail. I downloaded the version for Blackberry and it works like a charm. To be honest I have no idea how it works behind the scenes, but it's cool and it's free so I recommend it for any of you who love voice mail but don't like actually talking to anyone.
Can you think of scenarios where this could come in really handy? Feel free to share.