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A small appplication for a mobile handset that allows a "maximum duration" to be associated with numbers in the phonebook.
When an incoming call from the number is answered, the timer starts. When the timer expires, the call is automatically dropped.
The caller then has to redial.
they will either learn not to ramble and get to the point, or give up calling; a win-win outcome.
||Alternatively... Hang up yourself?
Sorry. Your call is
important to us <snigger> #bang!#
||An app would add that element of consitency and repeatability that's so important for these situations.
||Could it be "retro" imitating a pay-phone? That is: 3 minutes,
and again 1 minute before the limit, a recorded voice is
heard by both parties asking you to deposit additional coins
in the slot, followed by sound of change rattling in the coin-
The third time, the recorded voice is heard, and, before the
coin-rattle, the call's cut off.
||Except this is for incoming calls. Maybe a "low battery" beep ...
||//Except this is for incoming calls// Drat. Still, it wasn't
going to fool anybody anyway: who uses pay-phones these
days? It's less a deception, and more a way to blunt
rudeness with humor. If it's deniability you want, the "low
battery" beep is much better.
||But, does the caller normally hear the low-battery beep on
*your* phone? Shirley you'd want to imitate the
characteristic beep of *their* phone. Would require
research. Might be feasible.
||Ah, good one, [21Q]. Mae it sound like a network problem ...