With all the technological advances out there, you'd think there would be a way to deal with complicated, multi-level telephone menu systems. You know the kind: call the bank or the doctor or whoever and you get a list of numbers to punch (or words to utter) to navigate through the labyrinth that is their system. If you hang in there long enough, maybe you'll eventually get a human being on the other end of the line. Or maybe you won't.
Fonolo may be just what you're looking for. They've got an extensive list of "deep dialing" numbers that can help you bypass the other stuff and get directly to the department you're looking for. No more "press 1 for this" or "press 9 for that". Search for your company, and likely as not, they'll return a list of numbers that bypass the menus and get you where you want to go. Click on the choice you're looking for—maybe reservations for an airline, maybe checking accounts for a bank—and these guys will phone you back and phone the company. Now you're on the air, talking to somebody who can take care of you, and you didn't have to spend ten minutes digging through somebody's idea of a menu system. Very nice.
All you need to do to take advantage of Fonolo is to sign up for a free account. Thanks to Bill for bringing this one to our attention.