On Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:01:16 -0400, badgolferman wrote
(in article <email@example.com>):
> I called a friend last night on their cell phone and apparently they
> were talking to someone else when I called. There was no busy signal
> or the distinct ringing sound you hear when someone is talking on their
> cell phone to someone else. What I did get was an automated text from
> my friend's phone saying, "Can't talk now. I'll call you right back."
> This was after 2-3 rings.
> My friend is 82 years old and has no idea how this happened, he doesn't
> even know how to send text messages. I'm assuming this is a built in
> feature of his phone or cell service.
> I have VZW and an iPhone 4S. Is this something I can set up with my
> phone also? I can't find any related setting.
Android here, Droid 4 on VZW; some phones have an option to ignore a call
with a text message such as the one you got. For me the messages are
customizable and optional. When the phone rings I can let it go directly to
voice mail or select a predefined customized message.
Your friend might have activated such an option without realizing it. Even
82-year-olds can be "guilty" of exploring their phones' menus. I hope I still
am when I'm that age.
Joey from New York
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find*no common denominator,
but among those*whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
* *-- WH Auden