New iPhone App Saves You From Horrible Dates

"Bad Date Rescue" app lets you pretend someone important is calling

By Reena Roy
|  Thursday, Aug 2, 2012  |  Updated 9:18 AM PDT
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New iPhone App Saves You From Horrible Dates

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iPhones come to the rescue on your bad date.

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If you’re on a dreadful date, don’t fear: there’s an app for that.

Dating site eHarmony.com now offers a free iPhone "Bad Date Rescue" app that can fake an incoming call to help you somewhat politely bail out on the situation, Reuters reported

"There are all sorts of reasons for why people would want to get out of a date," Arvind Mishra, director of product management at eHarmony, told Reuters. "We can all sympathize because we have all been on bad dates in our lifetime."

The app, which launched this week, allows users to choose a personal contact to “call” their phone during a date. To make it believable, pre-recorded messages with prompts include a boss who wants help immediately or a neighbor with a leaky pipe. Plus, if the contact has a photo, it will even show up during the call.

Users can schedule the call ahead of time to play it safe. But if the date takes an unexpected turn, a quick rescue option can immediately activate a call.

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