Is there somebody in your life who would appreciate a call from Santa Claus? Well it just so happens that the folks at Gmail can help you out with that. They've set up a direct line to the North Pole, where you can give Santa the info he needs to place a personalized phone call to that special someone. You'll be asked for some information about yourself and your recipient—names, relationship between you two, nicknames, phone numbers, and stuff like that. Once they've collected all that information, they'll pass it along to The Big Guy, and he will phone your recipient and wish them a festive holiday season. If you're arranging a call for a little one, you may want to do a "dry run" call to yourself first, so you can see if there is any of the message you'd like to cut off by hanging up before the "…brought to you by Gmail" mention at the end of the call.
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Do you know a certain someone who would love to get a phone call from Santa Claus? Turns out you can help make that happen. The Google Voice folks have set up a website that lets you give The Big Guy all the info to arrange a personalized call to your son, daughter, co-worker, or whoever.
All you need to do is to point your web browser at SendACallFromSanta.com and start filling in the information. You'll let Santa know who you are and what your relationship is to the recipient (parent, friend), as well as a little about about them: where they live, what they're looking for under the tree, that sort of thing. When you've given Santa all he needs to know, press the magic button, and he'll be in touch with the recipient. You can choose for Santa to make a phone call or to send his greetings via email.
Send A Call From Santa is a free service. With the price that low, you should know that there is a brief commercial at the end of the message, so if you're sending a message to a little one, it probably makes sense for you to listen in and maybe distract them when the pitch comes.
Back in the day, you used to get all bundled up and head on down to the big fancy department store in the center of town and line up for a chance to sit on Santa's lap to tell him what you wanted for Christmas. Things are busier now and much more spread out, so maybe you can't take care of this important holiday duty. Well, Santa understands, and that's why he has come up with a newer, high-tech way to get your message out.
Point your web browser to TelSanta.com to find out how leave him a voicemail message. Because he's a plugged-in guy, he'll take your message and forward it via email to some of his helpers (like maybe mom and dad) so that they're all on board as well. They can listen to your wish list, and maybe give that Right Jolly Old Elf a hand in making your Christmas wishes come true.
TelSanta is a free service brought to you by Santa's helpers at TollFreeForwarding.com
(A tip of the phone phun phedora to Bill Russo for this one!)
No doubt you've seen the Old Spice guy on TV or YouTube, selling whatever it is that he's selling. Well, it turns out he's got a second job, doing voiceovers as well. Kind of.
If you'd like to have him record the outgoing message for your voicemail or answering machine, just point your web browser at the Old Spice voicemail generator. Choose your gender, enter your phone number, and click on a couple of message choices, and before you can whistle the Old Spice jingle (doo doo doot), you can download an MP3 of his testosterone-laden voice inviting your callers to leave you a message. And if you'd like, you can include the jingle in your message as well.
The Old Spice voicemail generator is a free service. Smelling like your dad's aftershave is optional.
When is a phone call art? When the call is to Tuck and Roll Radio. Call these guys at 1-877-620-0940 (toll-free from anywhere in North America) and leave a message (up to three minutes in length). That's where the magic begins.
They take your messages, make some creative edits, add some sounds, music, or what have you, and otherwise creatively mash it all up to create some interesting sounding works of art. They're all turned into podcasts, so that folks can listen to what has gone on. Needless to say, the more interesting the message you leave–whether it's a story, an apology, or your deepest secret–the more interesting the resulting podcast will be. They're eager to get more messages, so why don't you give 'em a call. Who knows; you could be part of the next big thing.
Who doesn't like Mickey Mouse and his pals? These guys have been around forever, and they're still going strong. If you've got a little Disney fan running around the place, how much do you think they might enjoy receiving a phone call from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, or Goofy? It's easy, and free too.
To set up your call, you need to visit the Character Calls website and enter a little information. You can pick an occasion to commemorate (congratulations, encouragement), and a message to send (doing well in school, learning to count). Add little Billy's or Susie's name if you like. Give 'em the number and time to call, and then just sit back and wait for the appointed hour. Calls are made only during "normal" hours (9:00 am to 8:00 pm) so you don't need to worry about Donald Duck waking you up in the middle of the night. That's not such a happy thought.
This offer is good through 9/20/2010, so you won't want to wait too long to schedule your call.
Video games on a phone? Sure, your Blackberry or iPhone won't have any problems with this. What about on a not-so-smart phone? For that matter, what about non-video games? So where are we headed here?
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth (1975 to be precise), Colossal Cave Adventure, one of the ancestors of virtual reality, was created. Designed to be played on a terminal of a PDP-10 mainframe computer, this game painted a picture using only words and the player's imagination of the places and things encountered in a huge underground cave.
If your mainframe's on the fritz, fear not: this game can now be played on your telephone. To dial in, just call
Of if you can't get over the idea of the non-video game, you can also play at 610dearben.com via Skype and choose to include graphics.
Note that the call to play the game is not toll free, but presumably you'll be home free if you choose the Skype option.
Okay, so you've heard of dial-a-story and dial-a-prayer. How about dial-a-song? Just call 802-735-2710 (not a toll-free number) and listen to the music. WMUD is a low-power user-supported non-commercial broadcast radio station serving the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York at 89.3 on the FM dial. In addition to their local audience, they also stream their freeform programming on the web as well as making it available via telephone. Just call 'em up—here's a way to get your money's worth from your unlimited cell phone plan—and bring 'em along with you. The music's all played live, but they don't have talkative DJs to get in your way. Listen to the radio for the music—what a concept!
These guys are free to listen to, no matter which medium you use, but as a user-supported station, we're sure they wouldn't mind if you happened to send them a couple of bucks now and then. And thanks to Bill for turning us on to them.
While the sugar plums may not be dancing in their heads yet, your little ones certainly know that it's December and that the Big Day is getting closer. What better way to really get into the spirit of the season than receiving a phone call from the Right Jolly Old Elf?
The folks at Kroger have arranged for you to get a personalized call from Santa—or Sammy the Snowman, or even NASCAR driver Tony Stewart if you prefer. Visit their website, give them some basic info—child's name, phone number, time for the call—and then sit back and wait for the special moment.
There's no cost for the call, but you do have to sign up for an account with Kroger; hopefully if you un-check the appropriate boxes on the form you won't be inundated with grocery-spam. Also be aware that there is an ad at the end of the message. It follows several seconds of dead air, but you may want to make sure that you grab the phone back from little Billy or Susie before the sales pitch starts. Ho! Ho! Ho!
If you're hooked on the new Fox singing-and-dancing-and-teen-angst show Glee, then you may want to give 419-329-4868 a call. They've got a recorded message that changes weekly talking about all things Glee. Listen to cast members talk about the most recent episode, and hear what they've got in store for the future. It almost makes you want to go back to high school.
While there's no cost for the service itself, keep in mind that it's not a toll-free number, so long distance charges may apply.