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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Auto SMS after X number of rings?

I'm new to Tasker and I've been reading up but I'm still confused.
What I want to do is replace voicemail with an auto-SMS reply that says something along the lines, "I'm unable to take your call at this moment but if you leave me your name, number, or e-mail, I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible."

The reason I am doing this is because voicemail is extra with my plan and it's very expensive. I want to send the auto-SMS after 5 or 6 rings, and I have no idea how to do this.

I will be grateful towards anybody who can help me with this.


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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Auto SMS after X number of rings?

I can get you started with this. Context would be event, missed call.
Task would be to use %CNUM as your return phone number, and send the sms to it.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Event: Missed Call [ Caller:* ]
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A1: Variable Set [ Name:%NUMCALLS To:1 Do Maths:On Append:Off ] If [ %MISSED ! Set ]
A2: Variable Set [ Name:%LASTMISSED To:none Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] If [ %MISSED ! Set ]
A3: Variable Set [ Name:%LASTMISSED To:%MISSED Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] If [ %MISSED Is Set ]
A4: Variable Set [ Name:%MISSED To:%CNUM Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]
A5: Goto [ Type:Action Number Number:8 Label: ] If [ %LASTMISSED ~ none ]
A6: Variable Add [ Name:%NUMCALLS Value:1 Wrap Around:0 ] If [ %MISSED ~ %LASTMISSED ]
A7: Variable Clear [ Name:%MISSED Pattern Matching:Off ] If [ %MISSED !~ %LASTMISSED ]
A8: Send SMS [ Number:%CNUM Message:I am busy.Call me later please. Store In Messaging App:On ] If [ %NUMCALLS > 3 ]
A9: Variable Clear [ Name:%MISSED Pattern Matching:Off ] If [ %NUMCALLS > 3 ]
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Old April 21st, 2013, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The missed call described is very logical approach. Along with that, you'll have to simply disable your voicemail. Otherwise people are going to leave a message before they get your text message (although they may learn over time that you don't want voicemails).

If you wanted to try to alert early enough to contact the before voicemail picks up, you'd have to work off context event "phone ringing". Task should provide a time delay,then somehow check if you have answered and then send sms (if not answered). But the likelihood of doing all that and then having the caller read and react properly to the sms in the short time available before your voicemail picks up seems extremely small. Better to stick with the previous approach.
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