For $15, today's side deal gets you a one-year, premium-level subscription (a $29.95 value) to slydial, a service of MobileSphere. slydial allows you to connect directly with someone's voicemail, bypassing the hassle of verbal interaction with another human being while generating an illusion of connection impossible with a text message. This deal is available to redeem starting June 17.
Though normal slydial service is free, a premium membership lets you skip the in-call advertising and register up to two phone numbers. Subscription service also allows you to use slydial's smartphone apps and build a speed-dialable contact list. For frequently asked questions about slydial, see here. Many situations might call for the practical slydial: when a text is too impractical (think high-speed freeway maneuvers), a call too obtrusive (the boss is in a meeting but has to know the news), and an in-person meeting too inconvenient (she sits all the way across the office).
- The technology, called Slydial, lets callers dial a mobile phone but avoid an unwanted conversation — or unwanted intimacy — on the other end. The incoming call goes undetected by the recipient, who simply receives the traditional blinking light or ping that indicates that a voice mail message has been received. – Matt Richtel, New York Times
- The ability to call straight into someone's voice mail is not new. Most major cellphone carriers offer subscribers the option of sending voice messages to other people, but usually only to customers of the same wireless company. What's different here is that Slydial makes it possible to do it with any major wireless carrier's customer. – Rachel Metz, USA Today