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You're listening to the radio (it still happens occasionally)
and the announcer comes on. Be the Nth caller and you
win $50,000. A cruise, tickets to a concert, et.al.
The free version of the Contestacall phone app listens
the key phrase and dials the numbers as they are
by the announcer.
The premium version monitors multiple radio channels
via the Internet for same, and uses a dial-farm
(implemented via Twillio or similar services) to blast call
the phone# and connect you to the DJ in the event of a
The app that can answer the DJ's question by looking it
up on the web -- should this be necessary -- is left to
the interested reader :)
||So it's telemarketing tactics, directed at a single number instead of shotgun approach, for the purpose of winning a radio call-in contest.
||I'll give it a bun for using evil things for good purposes, but I didn't know they still had radio stations. My radio station is my Cowon iAudio player - it has a much bigger playlist. Much, much bigger. :-D
||//it's telemarketing tactics// Shirley not. It's a
scheme whereby the app-owner can automatically
enter and win radio contests, n'est ce pas?
||How many listeners have downloaded and installed this app?
||I was a DJ (and later production director) at my college
radio station, and ran many call-in giveaways, usually for a
promo copy of a new album. The average 'I'm sorry, try
again' call takes 5.5 seconds from ringtone to hang-up.
Multiply by the target number, then subtract two seconds.
Count the seconds and place your call. Unlike the new
Contestacall app, it doesn't work
every time, but I've lost count of how many CDs and
concert tickets I've won using this method.