THe new dialer for android 4.4.3 has an option for "add 2 second pause" and "add wait". What do these options do?

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It adds a delay to the buttons you dial when it is dialing. It is for interactive request on the phone (E.g. Press 1 to speak to RossC)

Here's an example that might explain it:

Say you do the following to top up your phone credit:

Dial 1741

Select option 1 for top up

Select Option 2 for enter code

Enter 20 digit code (XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX)

You could simply dial:

1741 <ADD 2 SECOND PAUSE> 1 <ADD 2 SECOND PAUSE> 2 <ADD 2 SECOND PAUSE> XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and it will all process. It literally adds a pause of 2 seconds to the buttons it dials!

My ancient Nokia phone used to have a 'P' for this above the # key. So you would have had 1741 P 1 p 2 etc on it. Very convenient for something you regularly call.

  • Ha! that explains that. I have never used this functionality. Thanks for the detailed answer.
    – Husman
    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:51

This is pretty common on phone (and previously modem) diallers. You can use it to get through caller menu systems (the "press 1 for something, press 2 for something else" type menus) also known as Interactive voice response systems.

It's not normally shown as a menu option in the phone's dialler but you can normally enter a comma , into a dialler to get a short pause. You can then save this phone number along with all the number presses after it as a contact in your phone.

I have a contact saved in my mobile phone that calls my work voicemail system, waits a couple of seconds, then enters my PIN, then waits another couple of seconds, then presses "1" to hear new voicemails, this lets me do everything I need to do to listen to my messages with one click. It looks a bit like this:

020 1234 5678,,1234#,1

(the number at the start is the number that's called, the commas are the pauses, and everything after the first pause is used to get through the menus)

When I dealt regularly dealt with the customer services parts of other companies, I had the details saved as a contact on my phone to get all the way through their phone menu system to a real human being with one phone call.

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