App to answer phone and play recorded message?

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  1. tbessie

    tbessie PIM-Loving Maniac

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    Does anyone know if it is possible for an Android app to be set up to answer a call and play a recorded message back? (i.e. act as a voice mail service, but on the phone itself) Perhaps one that will answer automatically based on called id?

    I would like something like this, as I get spam phone calls from various overseas callers (most based in India or Pakistan, it would seem); it would be great to be able to press a button to have it answer and play back something annoying, or silence.

    Either the above, or have the phone answer but already be in "mute" mode.

    Anyone know of anything like that? When researching, many apps claim to be able to do this, but I have heard it is not possible; the closest thing is Google Voice, from what I can see.

    - Tim

    PS Here's a discussion where developers say it's not really possible:

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12929489/android-incoming-call-auto-answer-play-a-audio-file
     
  2. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    I haven't seen such an app, but there are lots of blacklist apps available on the Play Store, with a very wide array of features. Some let you create a whitelist of contacts allowed, and every number not in the list is rejected. Others let you define a range of numbers or a certain form the number should have for the call to be blocked. For example, you could define that all numbers with Pakistan's country code prefix be blocked. Some apps can forward the blocked call to the mail voice service automatically, which would be similar to what you're asking for.
     
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  3. tbessie

    tbessie PIM-Loving Maniac

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    Sadly, these calls are usually spoofed (calling from a US number or number is hidden), so I have to answer first and see what they say on the other side first; also, these guys change numbers continuously, so you never know what number they're going to call from.

    Thanks for your suggestions though. :)

    - Tim
     
  4. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    In such cases if i don't need to use the phone what I do is leave the call open, preferably near a noisy machine or loud TV.
     
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    ...or crying baby. That's why we had kids! :D

    Sent from my LG-LS980 using Tapatalk
     
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    tbessie PIM-Loving Maniac

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    Damn! I didn't have kids! I shoulda known! :-D

    Maybe I'll get a recording of something really annoying and play it back close to the mic, as long as it doesn't bother coworkers.

    - Tim
     
  7. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    My Granny used a Coach's whistle. Air-horn cans are good, too. :vbgrin:
     
  8. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Either of these would be quite 'refreshing' at the library, I'm sure…Tim did mention co-workers Dear Moderator :vbgrin:
     
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    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Ooops. :vboops: I was taking a more global approach. :vbwink: Carry on.
     
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    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    actually, though, for habitual late-returners, either of those sounds might provide some motivation, via recorded messages, especially if sent in the middle of the night, and the message *starts* with Coach's whistle or Air-horn :vbwink:
     
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