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Related to dialing: Pocket Dialing, Pulse dialing

dial back

To lessen something, especially in intensity. I could barely move my arms all week—I guess it's time to dial back the workouts!
See also: back, dial

dial down

To lessen something, especially in intensity. I could barely move my arms all week—I guess it's time to dial down the workouts!
See also: dial, down

pocket dial

1. verb To inadvertently make a phone call by accidentally sitting or otherwise pressing on one's cell phone (typically when it is in one's pocket). A: "Do you know why grandma called me last night?" B: "Oh, I think she just pocket dialed you."
2. noun The act of making such a phone call. I was excited when Jill called me for the first time in months, but she didn't actually want to talk to me—it was just a pocket dial.
See also: dial, pocket

rotary dial

The disk on a rotary telephone that is turned to dial a phone number. I hated having to use a rotary dial as a kid—it's so much easier to dial a phone number by pressing buttons.
See also: dial

dial up

1. verb To call someone on the telephone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dial" and "up." Well, then dial Joe up and see what he has to say about all this!
2. noun A method of connecting to the Internet via a telephone line. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Remember the terrible sound that dial-up used to make? Yikes.
3. adjective Describing a method of connecting to the Internet via a telephone line. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Remember how slow dial-up Internet used to be? Yikes.
See also: dial, up

*wrong number

1. Lit. an incorrect telephone number. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; dial ~; give someone ~.) He got the wrong number and hung up. When a young child answered, I knew I had the wrong number.
2. Fig. [a state of being] incorrect, late, inaccurate, etc. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Boy, do you have the wrong number! Get with it! You have missed the boat again. You have the wrong number!
See also: number, wrong

dial up

To telephone someone or something: I dialed up my dentist and made an appointment. Would you dial your sister up and ask her what time she's coming over?
See also: dial, up
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Zoove's StarStar(TM) Dialing lets consumers directly access information on the products and services they want via any mobile phone quickly and spontaneously, without opening text messaging or wireless web applications.
Adding 1 and the area code when dialing calls, and the ultimate addition of the new 424 area code, does not change the cost of the call; calls that are in a consumer's local calling area continue to remain local calls; and
In addition to changing their dialing procedure, customers are encouraged to begin reprogramming their automatic dialing equipment, and all other types of equipment that are currently programmed with only seven-digits on a 310 phone number.
Strategic incorporation of outbound dialing products on a large scale into contact centers and customer service projects has allowed vendors to combat the market downswing and augment revenues," explains Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Seema Lall.
Outbound dialing products also enhance customer care services and have earned a place in business process outsourcing (BPO) in combination with contact center platforms.
The ability of outbound dialing technology to support multiple interaction mediums such as e-mail and text messaging is further boosting its deployment.
The successful role of outbound dialing systems in gaining and retaining users is promoting its assimilation into customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
Integration of outbound dialing into a comprehensive CRM strategy is likely to ensure greater cost-effectiveness of marketing investments.
The World Outbound Dialing Markets is a part of the F239 subscription and offers an in-depth analysis of the industry challenges, market drivers and restraints.
By eliminating frustrating hold times, or the aggravation of navigating complex, touch-tone menus, Philips Enterprise Voice Dialing enables large organizations to significantly raise the level of customer care they provide," said Frank Caris, president of the Dallas-based telephony division of Philips Speech Processing.
The addition of this robust, enterprise edition to our existing suite of corporate voice dialing products, along with our patented Personal Voice Dialing system offered to consumers through wireless carriers, further strengthens Philips' leadership position in the high-growth voice-dialing market," added Caris.
Philips Enterprise Voice Dialing is part of the company's complete family of corporate voice dialing products, which includes Small Business and Standard editions, providing capacity for 10,000 and 20,000 names, respectively.
A selection of the company's corporate voice dialing customers includes Merrill Lynch, New York Life, Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Universal Studios, St.
Philips Speech Processing has more than 20 years' experience in the development and deployment of corporate voice-dialing solutions and has more than 300 voice dialing systems installed nationwide.
Philips Speech Processing, a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics, is an industry-leading developer of speech recognition technology and is recognized as the original innovator of Voice Dialing applications.