Sam Grobart of the NYTime says the iPhone's lackluster reception has a silver lining: it's a convenient and believable excuse when dodging calls. I'll go one step further in this theory and say you can probably use the same excuse when hanging up on boring calls. Not that I'd ever do this to any of you. [NYTimes]
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"Alright, so you're boring as shit and I'm getting off the phone now"
Actually, I hardly every answer the phone or return calls. If you don't do it often enough, people don't expect you to. Then they either leave you alone or accept it.