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by George Heymann

Go directly to voicemail with Slydial!

Do you have a need for a voice messaging service that can bypass ringing a person’s phone and go directly to voicemail? If you have the need I have the solution: Slydial.

Slydial is a service of MobileSphere that markets itself as a “practical and efficient communications tool.” I can see a lot of useful applications for this service  If you are short on time but want to leave someone a quick message. Or if you want to inform someone but don’t want to bother them; or would rather avoid an awkward conversation.

Personally, I use a text message in place of a phone call in most of these situations but there are times that a text message just isn’t appropriate. Or you have more to say then 160 characters can convey. You might have friends or co-workers like I do who don’t have a messaging plan and you don’t want to run up their bill. I’m sure you can think of lots of everyday situations where Slydial would be a welcomed alternative.

Anyone can Slydial from any landline or mobile phone. It’s easy!

  1. Dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425).
  2. At the voice prompt, enter the U.S. mobile phone number of the person you want to Slydial.
  3. You will be directly connected to their voicemail. Leave them a voicemail.

If you have an Android, Blackberry or iPhone or Windows Mobile you have another option. There is a free Slydial app available from each platform’s respective app store. Slydial lists compatibility will all iPhones and Android, except some HTC handsets (unspecified). It works fine with HTC Google Nexus One, BlackBerry Tour, BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Bold, Curve, Pearl, and the 8800, 8700, 7130, 7100, 7200 and 7520 Series. The Windows Mobile app supports OS 5 and 6 handsets.

If in doubt just load it up and give it a try.

I find using the app much more convenient than having to manually input two sets of numbers each time I want to Slydial. There is an option for selecting contacts from within the application to one-click Slydial. There is also an option to manually dial a number from within the application in which you only need to input the number for the party you are calling. On Android if you have Google voice selected as your default for outbound calls as I do you will get an error screen (See screen captures below) select call without Google Voice and Slydial will connect you directly with your party’s voicemail.

I tried several Slydial calls and the service works as advertised. The calls I made connected directly to the parties’ voicemail without ringing their phone. If you decide not to leave a message, it does not leave a missed call or message indicator on your parties’ phone. If you leave a message using Slydial the party receives the normal voicemail notification.

Slydial is available as a free ad-supported service or if you prefer, a premium paid service that features faster connect times as well as being advertising free. Please note if you normally get charged long distance charges calling area code 267 you will also incur the charge using the Slydial service.

The unlimited subscription premium service is $2.95 per month or $29.95 per year. You can also choose a pay-per-use model that is 10 cents per call. Slydial does offer a one month free trial for their paid service.

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3 Responses

  1. social workers says:

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  2. jessica says:

    slydial sucks – it rarely works, it still rings a few rings – not what I purchased it for!

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