As most of you (may) know by now, I'll be out of the country from the evening of Wednesday, July 7 through most of Tuesday, July 20. What you might not know is that I will be almost completely out of phone contact during that time. (I'll be trying out what this blog
suggests regarding using your iPhone as an iPod Touch with the reasonable number of free WiFi spots in London.) While contacting me over e-mail (or possibly direct message over Twitter, provided I see it) is much more reliable, I will have a system in place for phone calls if need be.Inbound: Google VoiceIf you need to get in touch with me during that time
, call my Google Voice number. If you don't already have this number, call my cellphone and my extended absence greeting will tell you it. Do not leave a message on my cellphone during this time as I will not listen to it. Let me reiterate this. I will not be listening to my cellphone voicemail while I am out of the country.
I will, however, be using my WiFi access to read the transcriptions of my Google voicemail messages, and listen to them when I can. Please expect a 24 hour turnaround on voicemail at best.Outbound: Google Voice or Skype
If you need
me to call you (family emergency, complicated personal thing that just can't wait, etc.) I will be trying out Skype or Google Voice for this purpose, depending on whichever is cheaper. I still need to look in to that. If at all possible, though, e-mail/IM/DM is best for contact while overseas.
Finally . . . I have a spotty and very
expensive text plan that automatically charges me when I receive one, if I get it at all. I'm not sure it won't count it as an international call off-plan if you send me one. Please don't do it.
So! To reiterate:
1. While overseas, please expect online contact rather than phone. E-mail, IM, direct message, Facebook . . . all ok.
2. If you need to call me, call my Google Voice number.
3. If I need to call you, I will call through Google Voice or Skype.
4. For the love of all that is holy, PLEASE don't send me texts.
Seriously. Send e-mails or DMs instead.