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Introducing VMS

posted Aug 14, 2011, 10:43 PM by Sunvir Gujral

Here is the problem:  not everyone you want to text pays attention to every text message they get.  Or maybe you want to text message a number and don't know if it can even receive text messages.  Or the person receiving the message might be driving and will not be able to read your text. Now we have a solution!

It's called VMS, short for Voice Message Service.  Just like SMS, it is meant for short one-way communication but it is done with voice rather than text.  And it is done by making a phone call to a phone and reading them your text message.  Soon enough, you will be able to record your voice and send it too, but for now, you just type in a message and send just like you would a normal SMS.  

You specify whether you want to allow the person receiving the message to be able to call you back, leave a voice message for you, or, and here is the best part, answer simple yes/no/maybe questions by just pressing keys on their phone keypad.  You get real-time updates as the person picks up their phone, leaves you a message, calls you back or responds to your questions.  That's it.

VMS messages cost the same as SMS/text messages on Call-Safely, so go ahead and use them whenever you need to.  More enhancements are coming soon, but keep the feedback coming.  We would love to hear how you are using VMS.

Your own throwaway number for pennies/day

posted Aug 12, 2011, 8:20 PM by Sunvir Gujral   [ updated Aug 12, 2011, 8:30 PM ]

Most phone companies would discourage you from getting a throwaway number and then give it to you for 10-20 cents per day.  But we are not a phone company and we dont discourage anything.  We have a lot of numbers sitting around not doing much for anyone, so we decided why not make them avaialable to CS users. 
So, starting with version 1.2.13 on Android and soon on the web and on Facebook, you can pick a number at any time for as little as 10c/day.  Use it for a day or use it for an hour.  And then just throw it away.
The next time you need to give someone a phone number in a hurry, go ahead and get a Quick Num and be on your way.  It works just like other Custom Numbers on Call-Safely, you just can't pick your own area code but you can throw it away whenever you are done.  Get as many as you want.  They literally cost pennies.
QuickNums can be found under Manage Custom Numbers on the Call-Safely app on Android.

In-network texts are now free!

posted Aug 1, 2011, 2:59 PM by Sunvir Gujral

That's right.  All text messages between Call-Safely users are now free.  So get your friends to download and signup and start texting for free.  

As long as you both are using Call-Safely, your messages to each other will be absolutely free.  We won't charge you anything and neither will your phone company.  Data charges will still apply, but those are usually much, much less than what they charge for text messages.    

Alpha CSOW now available

posted Jul 24, 2011, 3:15 PM by Sunvir Gujral   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 3:19 PM ]

Try a really early version of CSOW (Call Safely On the Web) now by clicking on the CSOW link in the sidebar to the left.  You can get CS numbers for your account and send SMS/text messages.  That is about it.  More will be added soon enough.

Call-Safely on the web is coming...

posted Jul 23, 2011, 4:38 PM by Sunvir Gujral   [ updated Jul 23, 2011, 5:29 PM ]

We are putting the final touches on accessing Call-Safely from your desktop.  Pretty soon you will be able to text/SMS from your desktop.  All your messages are in the cloud so you can pick up right where you left off on your phone.  And then go right back to your phone whenever you want.  All synced! 

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