[Guide] Hard and Soft Pauses in Phone Numbers

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What Are They?

I’m sure you can think of a situation where having some sort of a pause in a phone number could save quite a bit of time, as you could program the whole sequence once and never enter it manually again. For example, I have a calling card which asks me a whole bunch of information, like the language I want the menu in, my account and pin, and the phone number I want to dial.

All these things would be a huge pain to enter every time, and without having any kind of pausing mechanism, they would get sent prematurely. Enter hard and soft pauses.

Hard Pause

A hard pause is a pause that will wait for your confirmation to send the rest of the digits when reached.

You can use it when there is an undefined amount of time that can pass before sending the numbers would do anything. For example, if you are calling a company directory which can take anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds to pick up before you can enter an extension, you want to use a Hard Pause.

For example, if you want to dial extension 1337 after calling 555-555-5555 which requires you to press 1 to dial by extension, enter

555-555-5555 w 1 w 1337

To add a hard pause, pull up a contact, switch to the alphabet mode, and enter w.

Soft Pause
A soft pause will pause dialing for 2-3 seconds and then carry on automatically.

For example, my calling card number always picks up within 1 second and accepts input after another 3, so I can enter the number like this:

555-999-9999 pp 123456
To add a soft pause, you enter a letter p.

Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2010/05/10/how-to-add-hard-wait-and-soft-2-3-sec-pauses-to-your-android-contacts/?

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