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A cell phone company now offers a service to customers that prevents them from waking up the next morning to the realization they have made agonizing drunk calls.
Since Dec. 1, Australia's Virgin Moblie customers were given the option to avoid dialing under the influence during the holiday season. To avoid the vague memory of calling an ex or a friend at 3 a.m. after a night of drinking with friends, customers, before they go out and get drunk, can dial "333" followed by the phone number they don't want to "drunk dial."
Virgin Mobile charges its customers 25 cents for the service to stop all calls by blacklisting them until 6 a.m., according to a company press release.
A Virgin Mobile spokesperson said when customers attempt to call a blacklisted number, they will hear an interactive voice response system saying the call cannot be connected and advises it is for their own good.
To clear the blocked number in case of emergency, a customer can dial "333CLEAR" to clear all blacklisted entries.
Virgin Mobile recently conducted a survey indicating 95 percent of people who drink make calls while intoxicated - 30 percent of these calls are to their exes and 19 percent are to current partners.
The Virgin Mobile Australia press release also said it is not just one call people are making. Fifty-four percent of people surveyed said they made between one and three calls every night.
"This service doesn't sound like a bad idea," psychology senior John Ross McIlroy said. "It could come in handy for Americans who know themselves well enough to not have self-control over their impulses."
McIlroy has experienced being "drunk dialed" firsthand. He said each time it occurred, it created an uncomfortable situation for both him and the dialing perpetrator. As for the women who "drunk dialed," McIlroy said they were embarrassed when they saw him afterward.
Kerry Perkin, public relations manager for Virgin Mobile, said the feedback from the general Australian public and media is that the service is a fantastic idea.
"It is something they really wanted during the busy social Christmas season," she said. According to www.msnbc.com, the service move comes from an intensifying price war between mobile competitors Virgin and Vodaphone to secure customers based on Virgin's launch of a new monthly $45 AUD (approximately $35 U.S.) price cap that includes $200 AUD (approximately $155 U.S.) worth of mobile services.
Virgin Mobile customers in the United States have a similar feature called Rescue Rings, Sue D'Agostino, a public relations representative for Virgin Mobile, said.
"We've all been there," D'Agostino said, "stuck in a nightmare blind date, meeting, class or conversation with no way out."
At the same price of drunk-dialing prevention, rescue rings cost 25 cents to set up.
Customers get to choose from a variety of personalities to rescue them, she said. On the phone keypad, they enter the time and time zone, day, month and year for the rescue.
When a customer sets up his or her phone with a "rescue ring," an audio recorded personality calls at the designated time to help escape from a sticky situation, she said.
A Virgin Mobile USA press release said when the customer answers the phone at the pre-determined time and begins to pretend to have a conversation, he or she can improvise the rest.
Communication junior Denelle Tetzlaff said she would use both services if she had to.
"I think 25 cents is worth peace of mind, but it just gives people an excuse to be dishonest when it comes to facing an uneasy situation," she said. "Using the services once or twice might be fun, but it will probably turn into a fad."
California DUI lawyers may use this as evidence that their clients are sober.