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Phone app for parents

May 2nd, 2014

Imagine you get a call while your kid is having a tantrum, while you are at a noisy birthday party, or while you are basking in your two minutes of freedom while your kid naps… It’s just not a good time to answer the phone, but you don’t want to press the “decline” button, leaving the caller in the dark on why you obviously just ignored them.

Rather than ‘ignoring’ callers, you can now ‘show and tell’ them WHY you can’t answer. I've recently been made aware of a new mobile phone app that allows parents a quick and easy way to let family and friends know WHY we aren’t answering their calls: CallSnap, the first free Android app to make the ‘decline’ button a last resort for incoming calls.

With CallSnap, instead of pressing ‘decline,” you can now quickly respond with a photo or quick voice message that informs the caller of your whereabouts and availability, giving them piece of mind. Recently, CallSnap introduced a new feature, CallSnap SOCIALIZE, which lets you share your photos and a status update with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter either in conjunction with a CallSnap call response or directly.

How CallSnap works:
1. When receiving a call, the smartphone screen is populated with new touch icons

2. Users have the option to “Show or Tell” the caller what they are doing by either responding with a photo or a recorded voice message
· Photos: Either take a photo or select from a preset assortment of images
· Voice Message: Record a live message or select a prerecorded message
3. After selecting a response option, the caller will receive a message that says “Busy right now, CallSnap photo/message on the way!”
· These are examples of the notifications the caller will receive (photo response or voice response)

4. A new capability, CallSnap Socialize enables users to share photos via Facebook and Twitter to keep friends updated on their activities, whereabouts and availability.

How CallSnap SOCIALIZE works:
There are two ways to use CallSnap SOCIALIZE
1. Post status and photo without a call
· From the homescreen of the app, choose SOCIALIZE to post a status and photo

2. Post status and photo in conjunction with a call response
· When responding to a call with CallSnap, you can now also distribute the same status photo to your social media channels

To be honest, I have an iPhone, so I will have to wait for a compatible app to come out since I am not Android. However, this app looks interesting. Looks like it got good reviews. If you try it out, let me know how it works!

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One Response to “Phone app for parents”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    This whole concept seems terribly intrusive. When my phone rings, I consider it an interruption to whatever I was doing (or not doing). I feel no obligation to answer it. And if I choose not to answer it, I emphatically feel no obligation to let the caller know why I made that choice. My phone is a desktop landline, and I have never possessed a cell phone. If someone phones me and I do not respond, the caller has no way to know whether it's because I'm not home, or because I'm taking a shower, or because I'm in the middle of cooking or eating, or because I'm thinking or writing and choose not to allow an interruption. The caller can leave me a message, or not. I can return the call later, or not. If the caller leaves a message and I am sitting there listening to it, I can choose to pick up and talk, or not. My life. My phone. My time. My choice. Anyone in the world can phone me at any moment. But they cannot impose an obligation on me merely because they call, and they cannot make me feel guilty for declining to be imposed upon. Does this sound harsh? Am I a selfish, insensitive, inconsiderate jerk? Maybe; but not because of my telephone (un)responsiveness. Who is a selfish, insensitive, inconsiderate jerk is anyone who feels he/she has a right to demand my attention at his/her convenience and that there is something wrong about my choice to remain uninterrupted. Would it be different if I had a small child? Maybe someone who chooses to have a child understands that he/she thereby forfeits the right to solitude. At least during the first few years when the child is utterly dependent. But as the child grows older, one of the first things it should learn is the ability to survive without immediate attention, and respect for the privacy of others (including parents).

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