Auto Dialer Scripts And Software

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A friend asked me for help to auto-dial and play a prerecorded message for a political campaign. I’ve briefly googled auto dialer scripts but haven’t seen one that really stands out. Are there any free or cheap auto dial solutions that you nice folks recommend?

Thanks in advance.

8 thoughts on - Auto Dialer Scripts And Software

  • The free route is DIY. A simple script in your favourite scripting language will do nicely. If you need things to control the dialer and have statistics I would go with something like Wombat Dialer from the makers of Queuemetrics. It is free for two channels but not that expensive for more.

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  • You do know that sort of thing is against the law — or at least requires a permit from the authorities — in most civilised countries, right? You can get into a *lot* of trouble if you are not careful.

    If you are quite sure it’s legal in your jurisdiction, and you have written permission if required, then it’s a simple enough matter just to create a call file that will connect some real-world number with a local extension which just waits for the call to be bridged, then plays a sound file. Easy enough in your favourite scripting language.

    If the call file is definitely smaller than one block (the size of which depends on your file system), it should be OK to write in situ. Otherwise, write it under /tmp or somewhere and then use the system command “mv” to move it to /var/spool/asterisk/outgoing/ after closing it.

  • And it’s worth adding that even if it is legal in your country, you’re almost guaranteed to offend/annoy your target audience. Recorded calls always do.

    Kind regards,

    Chris

  • Calls on behalf of political candidates are generally legal–even to people on the “do not call” lists. It doesn’t seem to be possible to pass legislation preventing them.

    –Don

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  • To be an ‘atomic’ operation, doesn’t the ‘temporary’ directory need to be on the same file system as the ‘outgoing’ directory?

  • As long as you’re dialing a screened registered voter list and don’t call
    .gov or .edu, you’re fine.

  • I think political calling is less restrictive than you think! This is three years old, but probably mostly applicable.

    http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lru/Feb2010FirstRdg.pdf

    –Don

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    And it’s worth adding that even if it is legal in your country, you’re almost guaranteed to offend/annoy your target audience. Recorded calls always do.

    Kind regards,

    Chris