Slydial: Go Directly to Voice Mail. Do Not Converse, Do Not Collect $200

We've all been there before. You need to return a call or deliver some bad news, but for whatever reason you don't want to speak with the person on the other end of the line. Sure, you could shoot off a quick e-mail or text message, but that's just not the same as a phone call.

Now, thanks to a new, free service called Slydial you can place a call from any U.S. mobile or landline phone to any other U.S. cellular number and be routed directly to voice mail. The only catch is that you'll have to listen to a short audio advertisement—most are about 30 seconds long—each time you call, pay 15 cents each time to skip them or become a paid member.

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