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This afternoon I was very busy and did not wish to be disturbed (read: having a nap). My cellphone has all sorts of Profiles available so I could have set it to "Silent mode" or I simply could have switched the thing off. My concern was that my son was was at a skateboard park with a friend and I wanted
to be reachable in case of an emergency.
My solution is to have a phone option called "Emergency Override". When activated, the phone would be silent and non-blinking for all normal phone calls, emails and text messages. Callers would hear a message saying that I didn't wish to be disturbed but if they "Pressed 1" they could force my phone to ring or vibrate as per normal. If any salesmen, ecetera misused this feature and chose to disturb me anyway they would "feel the wrath" and not make a sale to me - ever.
||Press 1 and then hang up!
||Easier to implement would be a dedicated 'emergency contacts'
group in your address book, and the phone enables the ringer
when those numbers call. Hell, that could be done with a simple
app. That would prevent unauthorized usage by bill collectors
||Yes, [21Q], that is a much better option, much less open to abuse.
||I'm surprised that there isn't a mobile phone that supports different caller priorities. As [21Q] said, this could divert all but your inner circle to voicemail. Even better would be to throw all non recognised numbers into a tortuous maze of tone menus.
||There is a free app on the Android Market called 'Mr. Number'.
It works great for allowing only certain numbers to call, and
routes all others straight to voicemail. The options for
configuring your 'allowed' list and 'not allowed' list are unheard
of. You can even configure a list that it rejects by picking up
and immediately hanging up so they can't leave voicemail
messages. I use it myself. Very reliable.
||We're supposed to have an inner circle !?
||You Jones's are so hard to keep up to. (+)
||Hmmmm, [pocmloc] has shown the necessity to only allow
the override function to work for callers whose numbers
aren't caller ID blocked. This would provide scope for you
to track down those "oh so humourous press 1 then hang
types and rearrange their proboscis for them.
||[21 Quest]'s inner circle app isn't bad, but my kid is more
likely to be ringing me to ask if it's alright for him to buy a
soft drink than to say he broke his arm at which point some
took advantage by stealing his skateboard and
cellphone - which is why he is ringing me from a borrowed
phone. Or perhaps it is the police or hospital trying to ring
me but I neglected to put their numbers on my 'inner circle'
list. I don't want to be disturbed for the first scenario
but do want to be contactable for the second scenario. I
agree about the distastefulness of tone menus but mine
would only say "AusCan doesn't wish to be disturbed but if
an Emergency press 1 or to leave a voicemail message press
setting would only be activated by me when I meant it and
really was in an important meeting (or having a nap). It
wouldn't be my default setting.
||"I really don't want to be interrupted, but if you really think it's worth it, you can press 6 to make a one hundred dollar deposit, and you'll be passed through. If I agree with you on the importance of your message, I'll refund your money."
||I like that [lurch]. It is another way of imposing a cost on
people who abuse the system - other than getting a broken
nose. You could have diminishing values for
when you're less busy.