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Avoid Blah-Blah Conversation With This Voicemail Cloaking Device



Please Dear Lord, Don’t Let Them Pick Up, So I Can Leave A Voice Mail and Make A Quick Get Away.

You know those times when you have to return a phone call, share an update, remind someone about something?  And those times where there’s no getting around it, you have to make the call and deliver your message, but you’re short on time, patience, courage, or ___________?

Guess What? I Have Good News For You.

There’s an App. for that, and it’s called SlyDial.  At the Inman Reboot event in HoustonChris with TechSavvyAgent dropped this cloaking device on us.  Basically, SlyDial is a clever smart phone tool.

SlyDial allows you to make a call from your cell phone to their cell phone, but their cell phone won’t ring. Instead of their phone ringing, SlyDial lets you dial directly into their voice mail, and leave a message. Yeah, that’s right, call directly into their voice mail, and their phone doesn’t ring. Check it out, it probably works on your smart phone.

You can get more details and info here.  The App. is free and straight forward.  It looks like the picture below when it’s launched on the iPhone4.

It’s that simple.  Good luck with it.  I was wondering in which situations you’d use something like this?

Thanks for reading.  Cheers.

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PS.  fyi, I don’t work for, nor am I in any way associated with, employed by, or even know anyone at SlyDial.  In other words, there’s nothing in for me by saying nice things about SlyDial, except the pleasure of telling you about a tool you might find handy.

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  1. Sheila Rasak

    October 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Groovy! But I’m not certain who I’d need to use this device on; I love my in-laws, so that’s out. Is there an application that makes asset managers respond within one hour?

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

      Maybe a bat, or the belt. It worked for my dad when I was a kid. The belt not the bat. Cheers.

  2. Paula Henry

    October 4, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Ken – Short on time would be my reason for wanting to touch base, but not have to converse, especially if I don’t have an update yet.

    If my client calls me and I don’t have an update, my phone allows me to just leave a message on their answering machine without actually calling them. I can at least let them know the status and a time I will get back to them. This could be used for the same purpose before they have called you.

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Good ideas Paula, it’s better to have options than not. Cheers.

  3. Fred Romano

    October 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Ohhh you sly agent, sneaky stuff but I’m sure your client would not be happy if they found out.

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      The laws of duality apply to sly dial. It can be used for good or evil. Cheers Fred.

  4. Steve Crossland

    October 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I don’t like these type of tricks and gimmicks. If I’m short on time I just start the conversation with “I only have a second but wanted to let you know ….”

    For those who do want to dial directly into the voicemail of a client, all you have to know is the voicemail access number for the various carriers (the one your cell phone dials when you hold down the 1 key), and the phone number to key in when it answers. In other words, you can easily and manually perform what the service sells.

    You can also forward your own voicemails to the cell phone of anyone else on your same network (ATT, Sprint, Verizon) by using their 10 digit phone number as the forward-to destination.


    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      I hear you Steve, sounds like you have a system worked out. For me, when I need it, this is fast and simple. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Doug Lindstrom

    October 4, 2010 at 10:16 am


    I have been using this service for a few weeks but it is not free. After you make a few calls, they will not allow additional calls until you go to their website and purchase the premium version.


    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

      Hmmmm, I haven’t hit the limit yet. Thanks for the update.

  6. Vicki Lloyd

    October 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

    This would be useful when you are need to leave a message late at night and don’t want to wake anybody up, and your client isn’t likely to check email really early. Leave a voice mail reminder “Hey – the termite guy is coming at 9:00 am, so don’t forget to leave your key under the rock to the left of the front door.”

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Nice ideas, thank you:-)

  7. Mark Geslock

    October 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    You can dial it directly at 267-759-3425. No app needed. It is free but it will play and ad.

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I didn’t know that:-)

  8. Chris Smith

    October 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Ken. I must say that on the Inman tour SlyDial is getting the most crowd reaction city after city. This post is also the only reference we have ever had on AgentGenius (a whole different topic) so thanks for that as well.

    • Ken Brand

      October 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      I bet it does. I think it speaks to how difficult it is to deliver some messages, we all wish it was easier when the news was unwelcome. I enjoyed and learned from your preso. Thanks man.

  9. Laurie Matthias

    October 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I’ve been using this wonderful tool for about a year now. When you call the 267 number, there is no limit. I have some chatty clients, contractors, etc. that it’s perfect for when I need to give a quick shout to and don’t have the time or inclination to listen to their ramblings.

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