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(Sydney Morning Herald)   New mobile phones will play voice messages from your friends instead of ringing   ( smh.com.au) divider line
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2003-04-19 11:35:00 PM  
Why does it surrender?
2003-04-19 11:35:36 PM  
LOLz omgZ i need teh c3ll ph0n3
2003-04-19 11:36:13 PM  
will it wrestle with you like those two girls in the sprint pcs commercial?
2003-04-19 11:36:28 PM  
2003-04-19 11:36:33 PM  
my phone does this already. Its called a 'Dead Ringer'... I can record a message and have it play back as a ring. this is good because I can record music and have actual music as my ringtone... not just polyphonic goodness.
2003-04-19 11:37:08 PM  
Wow that's pushing the _____ surrenders thing WAY too far.
2003-04-19 11:39:44 PM  

My roommate from Korea has one of those. It's really quite something to behold when you hear an entire symphony reminding you that your mother phoned.
2003-04-19 11:40:16 PM  
Wow... imagine...voice messaging through a phone! WHAT WILL they think of next!
2003-04-19 11:40:21 PM  
Great, more messages to piss me off during movies.
2003-04-19 11:40:44 PM  
What's up with the tattoos and implants at the end of the story? Would any thinking human actually do that? Yikes.
2003-04-19 11:40:55 PM  
Many years ago, we had what were called tone and voice pagers. They would beep and then open up any you would hear the caller's message. You could really jerk someone's chain. Especially if you sent an embarassing message at the right moment. What's old is new again.
2003-04-19 11:41:37 PM  
My ringer is a simple ring, that actually sounds like a phone. Yes yes I know, I'm lame...I don't annoy the fark out of people. And 99% of the time it's on vibration.
2003-04-19 11:43:44 PM  
This would add a whole new dimension to prank calling.
2003-04-19 11:44:43 PM  
Eh? Nothing surrenders...

Praise "Bob"
2003-04-19 11:45:38 PM  
I'm waiting for the day when I can have a phone that rings with the drum intro from Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks." I tried it with my Japanese phone, but when I converted the sound to the Qualcomm format it just came out as static.
2003-04-19 11:46:30 PM  
Good lord. Call your buddy, out on a date:

"Hi, Pete. This is the Downtown Free Clinic. I just wanted to call you and let you know that your tests came back, and we need to have a little chat about your options. Please call and schedule an appointment."
2003-04-19 11:47:30 PM  
I work in this industry, and I can tell you that PTT is the latest shiat hot gotta have tech from ALL of the carriers and handset providers. Forget 3G and polyphonic ringtones, PTT.

And I, for one, am annoyed.
2003-04-19 11:47:53 PM  
"Hey honey, it's me. When you get off work pick up some lube and an extra box of condoms, 'cause I'm super horny right now. I really want to cuff you to the bed and do that thing with the viborator you really like. Anyways, love you! *click*"

No. Farking. Way. am I having that option turned on,
2003-04-19 11:54:44 PM  
I don't know about playing messages from your friends, but I have thought before of a phone that plays your own recorded sound instead of a ring. Like, you could make it say 'You have a call!' instead of some annoying beep or ring.
2003-04-19 11:55:07 PM  
Gimmicks. Cell phones are 99% just annoying.
I literally threw mine into the Great Salt Lake. Hate those farking things.

I like putting people off... ACTUAL CONVERSATION:
"No, you can't have my cell phone number. No, I don't have a cell phone. You will just have to call me when I get there. No, I am not going to get a cell phone. No, your going to have to be PATIENT. No, I don't want yours. I don't want any of them. Look, I just dont like people calling me when I am in the bathroom, Okay? Do you REALLY want to talk to me when I am on the crapper? Your sick."
2003-04-19 11:55:44 PM  
ah, exists already apparently. Someone must've scanned my memory and stolen the idea...
2003-04-20 12:03:56 AM  
I was talking with my friend about this today before hearing about it.

Downloadable ring tones.

Download ring tones to your friend's phone that says stuff.

It sucks how much shiat I invent but other people create, so I have no money. GPS, ebay, ICQ, MMOGs(still market thankfully), etc
2003-04-20 12:04:24 AM  
Somebody needs to invent a way for people to talk.
2003-04-20 12:08:29 AM  
From the bottom of the article:

"Scientists said that users would have a keyboard on their forearms, which would be virtually invisible until lit up. They also predicted that music players and screens with TV and internet access could be implanted into arms and legs."

What the hell are these scientists smoking? And what does this have to do with annoying little cell phones?

Anyways, I'd shoot anyone who tried to turn me into a walking Microsoft machine.
2003-04-20 12:10:44 AM  
Am I missing something? What "surrender" in this thread?
2003-04-20 12:13:36 AM  
Ring, ring Beep, beep ??
How you doing Hytes? You're making sence this evening.
2003-04-20 12:16:03 AM  
i have a 7 year old flip phone with a 20 minute plan -- and i don't use all my minutes. what would be great is if you could call someone by keying in their SUV plate number. think of the possibilities.
2003-04-20 12:21:24 AM  
this is mom answer your phone!
2003-04-20 12:24:38 AM  
Kirk: Spock! Come in, Spock!

Spock: Spock here.

Kirk: Can you here me now? Good.
2003-04-20 12:28:51 AM  
what would be great is if you could call someone by keying in their SUV plate number. think of the possibilities

God, if only! I could call every shiat-arse, self-centered, doesn't give a rat's arse about anyone else on the planet's car owner who's alarm goes off in the middle of the night and blast a fog horn into the phone.
2003-04-20 12:30:01 AM  
I used to have a Verizon cell phone, but i just couldnt take it anymore, when friends my mom. my grandma would be calling me if i was out for the day. like say going to the movies or a my boyfriends house, thats just to damn annoying for me..
But my sis has a ring tone, that plays like some of the disco music from the 70's. she likes to annoy people with it..
2003-04-20 12:30:34 AM  
2003-04-20 12:33:19 AM  
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2003-04-20 12:40:17 AM  
Hobbitgh0d42: I was thinking the same thing, but it's not. Think about it, please, because I am too damn lazy/tired to explain it right now.
2003-04-20 12:51:52 AM  
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2003-04-20 01:03:12 AM  
OK, as usual, there a few who obviously haven't read the article. Properly.

It's not a ring tone. It's not a pre-recorded message you can choose to play when messages come in.

It's the message itself, played as recorded by the sender, without any warning, beeping or choice on your part, unless you have your phone off or on a "silent" mode.

How can this be good? How can this *not* be open to abuse?

My problems (aside from the obvious pranks calls by my idiot friends at the most inoportune time) would be that if it were a free service (that is, I am not charged for recieving messages, same as it is for SMS now) I can just see my phone getting swamped with 15 sec jingles from the phone company and anyone they sell their phone list onto. Or from random companies.

Then, if it's not free to receive, why would you have it turned on?
2003-04-20 01:04:24 AM  
I can at last have my coughing cell phone. Now if Im in a theater and I have forgotten to turn the ringer off It will just cough. YAY
2003-04-20 01:11:45 AM  
No, Stereosaurs, thats not what this is. It would only cough if that was the message sent to you. Most likely, if you forgot to turn your phone off and you had this service, your phone, in the middle of the movie, at a really dramitic moment, would suddenly blurt out: "Hey, when you get out of the movie, can you stop by the shops and pick up some milk? Thanks, hon!"

Or even worse, it would be a jingle for your phone company's latest service or deal, or your local pizza place (whom you gave your mobile number as part of a competion, silly you!)
2003-04-20 01:12:39 AM  
... but, I'm told you can get phones that will allow a pre-recorded sound or music track to be played instead of a ring tone.
2003-04-20 01:21:45 AM  
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2003-04-20 01:22:39 AM  
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2003-04-20 01:33:46 AM  
... I am so fecking glad I don't have a cell phone.

Preacher: So Mom, how's dad doing?
Mom: Oh just fine. Well...
Cell Phone: PREACHER, OH GOD, OH GOD!!! SHE'S DEAD MAN, DEAD!!! D-E-A-D Dead!!! I need you to come back to the apartment right now, we gotta bury the evidence!!! (snickering then dead tone)
Mom: What the hell was that?
Preacher: My soon to be dead roommate...
2003-04-20 01:37:51 AM  
Ghost is right, this thing will turn into a new form of spam, only it will be somehow more obnoxious. Like we needed more ways to be plagued with commercials everywhere we go.

The very second one of these things goes off in a theater, I'm going to stab somebody in the freaking throat.
2003-04-20 01:49:25 AM  
Can you imagine: A company gets this great idea to spam everyone on its list at once. there a crowd and all of a sudden dozens of phones go off with the company line...
2003-04-20 01:51:52 AM  
Holy crap, that's a whole freaking lot of throat-stabbing.

I wonder if I still got it in me?
2003-04-20 01:51:56 AM  
Don't have a cell phone, don't need or want one.

When the phone rings and someone gets my Answering Machine, they know I'M NOT FRIGGIN' HOME!

2003-04-20 03:00:05 AM  
i dont know if anyone else said this cause i didnt bother to read everyone else's repetitive, predictable comments but shiat, didn't anyone consider what dumb-ass kids would do with this technology? just use your imagination...
2003-04-20 04:37:05 AM  
Where's the ASININE tag?

I can't wait until the time when I hear vacuous girls blaring out messages from their just-as-ditzy friends.

Imagine this: you're at a nice dinner party, trying to impress somebody, and...

"uh hey john um after last night yeah my ass is bleeding again k call me bye"

Someone drops a wine glass. A woman screams and faints.
2003-04-20 05:37:50 AM  
Yep, you know what is on the heel of this?

Yep, voice ads on how to increase your penis size.
2003-04-20 08:00:35 AM  
I had a phone that did this years ago... It was crap then, and it'll be crap now.
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