Usually when I discover an awesome app, I want to tell all my friends. Sharing exciting tech is the whole reason I started writing this blog. But the app I’m going to tell you about is so secret, you’re not going to want to tell a soul.
I usually love you spreading the word about tech to your friends. But if you keep this app secret, I couldn’t blame you a bit. I’ve only told one person about this and, to my knowledge, she has kept my secret.
But I simply have to share this amazing app with you, dear readers. It’s just too delicious not to share. Even if you never use this app, the mere knowledge that you have the app is pure power and fun.
What is this amazing app? Fake-A-Call. This app will ring your Android phone, iPhone or iPod Touch as if you were receiving a call. (Note: this app works on the iPad too, but I don’t think you would be fooling many people if you got a fake call on your iPad.) The app will make a fake call to you and then you answer as if you were receiving a real call.
The app is loaded with customized features. You can select which person in your contact list to use, and the app will show the person’s picture and contact information, as if you were getting a real call.
You can program Fake-A-Call to ring at a set time, after a certain period of time has passed (one, three or five minutes, the Countdown setting), or immediately. On the iPhone and iPod Touch, you can even fake a FaceTime video call.
You can choose who is calling you, one of your friends or a pre-set fake caller. If you use one of the pre-set callers, the app will play a scripted voice so it sounds like you are having a conversation. Best to practice ahead of time so you know what your responses will be.
The app’s fake callers include Harry, asking for bail money; the Rental Office, telling you about a flood; and Grandma Sue, with a FaceTime video call, telling you that Aunt Sue is in the hospital. (Although it’s very cool that the app can fake a video call, you may not want to use this fake call because the grandmother looks way too young to be a grandmother, unless you’re three years old.)
You can choose to add someone from your contacts to the list of fake callers but there won’t be a voice on the other end of the call. In addition to the three fake callers, you can buy other fake callers with fake scripts as in-app purchases, for $0.99 each.
Picture of Caller
Time when call happens (set time, Countdown or immediate)
Picture of Lock Screen
Number of rings
Vibration on or off
FaceTime video call, using their video or one you have pre-recorded (not available on Android)
You need to choose these option ahead of time because you don’t want to be setting the app when anyone is watching. Just be sure not to close the app before you receive the “call”.
You can customize the calls in so many ways, you could probably use this app indefinitely and never have the same fake calls twice. You’re only limited by your imagination about who is calling, the picture you use for them and the songs for your ringtones.
Using the App
The key to using this app is discretion. No one should be able to tell that you’re faking a call. The developers understand this and have even camouflaged the icon so people don’t know you’re using the app. The app is titled “FAC” for Fake-A-Call.
You can choose the image that shows as you keep the app open. After all, you don’t want anyone accidentally seeing your phone or iPod Touch open to the app. The developers have used discretion with this feature too. Here is a picture of my fake screen when the app is open on my iPhone:
See? No one would know that’s not my real phone screen.
The funny thing is, I’ve never used Fake-A-Call. I’ve had it ready for a meeting or two. But I’ve never needed to use it. The point is, I am empowered just knowing I can use it if I need to.
But I’m not sure whether I could actually use it. First, I’m a little afraid I would get caught. Then no one would ever truly trust me again. Integrity is hard earned and easily lost.
Second, I’m also not thoroughly convinced that I could keep a straight face while I was faking my call. I could just see myself bursting out in a fit of giggles as Grandma Sue tells me that Aunt Sue is in the hospital. Not good.
But even though I’ve never used the app and am unsure that I could use it effectively, it’s still one of my favorite apps. I keep it ready, just in case.
You might have a pressing need for this app. Headed out on a first date? Not sure if the date will be with Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong? Program Fake-A-Call in the event you need a convenient excuse to ditch him and avoid spending the evening bored to tears hearing, “Nobody can cook as good as my mama.” Or perhaps you’re anticipating a boring meeting with pointless people babbling inane terms like “maximizing synergistic paradigms.” Consider using Fake-A-Call to duck out and get some real work done.
The next time you are facing a situation when you might need a handy excuse to depart, consider using Fake-A-Call as your easy exit.
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