Slashdot reports that after a lengthy beta period, Boston-based MobileSphere launched what they’re calling a ‘straight-to-voicemail’ service called Slydial. Here’s how it works: Call 267-SLY-DIAL and listen to a short ad. Then the service will then connect you to any cell phone subscriber’s voice mail box in the U.S., without causing their phone to ring beforehand.
As the report said, “sounds kinda useful—but, incredibly, MobileSphere is pitching the service as a way to avoid actually communicating with all those difficult, boring people in your life.” In response, the company said it’s just fighting technology with technology, letting people take back control of whether or not they want to talk to co-workers, family, and friends, according to the story. There are also a bunch of videos on the site, illustrating, um, example situations where you’d want to do such a thing.