You can use Jott to have your RSS newsfeeds read to you; the service also lets you send out e-mail or text messages to distribution groups. Just call 866/JOTT123, and record your message, calendar appointment, or to-do list--Jott Assistant takes care of the rest.
Jott Assistant is free to try for a week, and has several paid-subscription and pay-as-you-go plans. However, to try Jott for free, you have to hand over your credit card information.
Go Directly to Voicemail
Too much of a coward to tell someone unpleasant news in person? Tell them via voicemail. That's the idea behind Slydial. This free service connects directly to your contact's mobile voicemail, freeing you from the worry of having to speak to the person.
Call 267/SLYDIAL (267/759-3425) from any landline or mobile device, and enter your contact's mobile phone number (U.S. numbers only). Then, just leave a message. With any luck, maybe they won't call you back.
Get Off the Phone
Ever wished you could end a boring phone conversation, but not sure how to do it gracefully? If you're in front of a computer while you're on the phone, just visit SorryGottaGo.com. This Website allows you to play a wide variety of sound files via your Web browser window.
It offers basic stuff like a doorbell, a crying baby, and a second phone line ringing. But it also has some wacky choices, such as the sound of a car accident, sneezing fits, and visits from outer space.
Spoof Your Caller ID
Is someone screening their calls via Caller ID and avoiding you? With a Caller ID spoofing service, you can broadcast another phone number in order to trick the person on the receiving end.
Online you can find a lot of Caller ID spoofing services, such as SpoofCard and Spooftel, that charge a small fee; most offer a free trial, which can be handy if you want to use Caller ID spoofing infrequently.
Turning things around, the company behind SpoofCard also has a service called TrapCall that claims to unmask blocked and restricted numbers.