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Let a Complete Stranger Wake You Up With This Alarm App

Wakie allows random people to call you to say "rise and shine".

Anne Parsons
Let a Complete Stranger Wake You Up With This Alarm App© 2019 Alex - Flickr

Let’s just say I’m very well-acquainted with the snooze button on my phone. I’ve never been a morning person, and seriously doubt that I ever will be. But I'm okay with that. As a teenager, my parents would barge into my room and open the curtains, and shout ‘wakey, wakey’ at me, in a faux cheery, mildly patronising way. Nothing annoyed me more.

So when I read about this new app that lets strangers call you to give you your morning wake up call, I can't say I thought it was a great idea. I can’t think of any reason on Earth you would willfully allow someone else to wake you up - especially unscrupulous strangers. It might wake you up alright, but you'd surely get up on the wrong side of the bed.


Image: Wakie

What Does It Do?

With the app you can decide to be either a ‘Sleepyhead’, ie, someone who has trouble waking up - or a ‘Wakie’, the annoying waker-upper. Wakie then matches up Sleepyheads with

Wakies from around the world to wake each other up with anonymous phone calls that last one minute long.

To remind the Wakies to do the waking, the app sends a push notification when someone needs to be woken up. All calls are completely anonymous, and the only piece of information you get about your Wakie, is what country they are from.

There is a safety mechanism in case you set an alarm and none of the Wakies are available to shout at you - you will be woken up with an automated wake-up message.

At the moment, Wakie is free and available to Android and Windows Phone users in the U.S., UK, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong (you can still sign up to be a Wakie if you are in another country). An iOS version should be out soon.

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