How your smartphone can get you out of a socially awkward situation

How your smartphone can get you out of a socially awkward situation
So, you end up at a mind-numbingly boring party, or your blind date turns out to be a relative of Yeti, and you are desperately trying to make up an excuse so that you can go back home and do other stuff. Stuff like playing some awesome Android or iOS video game for example. "If only someone could call me now and ask me to go see them right away!" are the thoughts that suddenly go through your mind.

At that very instant, you realize that your smartphone should be smart enough to get you out of this tricky situation. And guess what, it is! There are, indeed, applications made for that purpose, namely to trigger a fake phone call or text message on demand.


BOOM! Fake call & SMS works pretty well. It is priced at $1.89, but a free version with limited functionality is available too so you can check that out first. The app lets you schedule a fake call at a given time, or you can just receive one immediately. It can send you bogus text messages too at any hour and day you please. These can be added to your call log as well for an extra dose of realism.

Using the app is pretty simple. Once launched, you pick a contact you want to get a fake call or text from, and set the timer. You may also input a custom caller ID, or just get a fake call from a private number. There is a widget in case you want to have quick access to the app.

If for one reason or another you are not pleased with BOOM! Fake call & SMS, there are a few alternatives like Mr Caller or Fake Call & SMS & Call Logs which work in a similar fashion. 


iPhone owners can check out Fake-A-Call, Fake Calls, or Fake-A-Message, which do exactly what their names imply. Again, using them is a pretty straightforward process: pick a caller, set a timer, and you are all good to go.

Windows Phone

Fake Calling is the Windows Phone alternative to the aforementioned applications. A good thing about the app is that it mimics the Windows Phone in-call interface well. Of course, you get to select which contact you will get a fake call from, and you can add a photo to their caller ID, if needed.

Disclaimer: these apps are primarily made for grins and giggles, so be a responsible adult and don't use them for evil things. We assume no liability if you get caught red-handed by the one you are trying to fool.



1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nice app for douchebags.

6. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

You sound like a victim LOL.

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nope. I actually don't socialize. :p My only friend is my girlfriend! :p

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Gonna try this asap

3. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

forever alone

4. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its actually pretty handy for when you come across someone you dont really want to talk to or see.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Smartphones tend to add to socially awkward situations, due to how glued people are to them.

8. Willi

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Does this work, when you are on the phone with someone else?

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