We all had to make phone calls that we wish we didn’t have to make. As the phone rings, we pray for voicemail to answer. (Millennials understand the struggle.) And while the FCC cracks down on bot calls by leaving a “voicemail without ringing,” there are still ways for the average person to avoid the horror of talking to another human over the phone. phone.
Slydial allows a caller to go directly to the voicemail of a mobile number. Best of all, the basic service is free and no registration is required to use it unless you need more features.
To use Slydial, dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425). When prompted, enter the US mobile phone number of the person you are trying to call. Once the service connects you, leave your voicemail and then hang up.
You can also use the Slydial app for iOS or Android. Create a free account with the service, then choose a contact through the app or manually enter a phone number. Once the app connects the call, leave a voicemail and hang up when you’re done.
Unfortunately, not all phone numbers can be dialed: Slydial does not work with landlines, third-party voicemail services, VoIP numbers or prepaid mobile phones. If you subscribe to one of the premium plans, you can eliminate ads on the service and send messages to multiple contacts at once.
Alternative services exist, but most voice broadcasting services don’t offer free features and most focus on messaging dozens or hundreds of contacts at a time.
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Traditional voicemail services once provided this functionality, but visual voicemail (with a visual interface that lets you directly access messages) has virtually eliminated this possibility. If your phone doesn’t have visual voicemail and you need to call an inbox to hear your messages, you may still be able to use this feature.
Check with your carrier for details, but an option to “send a message” may be in the voicemail menu. This will allow you to send a voicemail from your voicemail to someone else’s inbox without having to make a phone call first. Even if you have this feature, it can only be used to send messages to contacts on the same carrier as you. So Verizon customers can send voice messages only to other Verizon customers, for example.
Many messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp, offer the ability to send voice messages to contacts without having to make a phone call. Typically, you would send a voicemail by opening a chat in the app and holding down the microphone button. You then let go to send the message or swipe the screen to delete it.
Apple iPhone users can send voice messages from Apple’s Messages app by tapping the microphone button inside the text box (this only works when you’re sending messages to other iPhones). By default, these messages only last for two minutes before being deleted, but you can change that. Faucet dungeon under any sent voicemail message to save it.
For future voicemail messages, go to Settings > Messaging and press Expire under Audio Messages. You can set the expiration date to Neverbut this only affects your recording of the conversation, not the recipient’s.
Apple’s Voice Memos app can also be used to record a voice message. You then tap the ellipsis icon and open the To share pane to find the right destination.