Wake up call app brings you all of the joy of talking to strangers first thing in the morning

Android, Apps

I don’t know about you but when I wake up in the morning I like to spend a good hour wandering around my house, wondering where I am, what’s going on and why there’s so many bright lights. After about an hour’s grogginess I’m about ready to face the world. Which is why an app called Wakie sounds like my worst nightmare.


The premise is simply: Why set an alarm when you can get a wake up call? In lieu of hotel receptionists to do the job, the app will connect other Wakie users to you. Sadists who use the app can choose to wake any of the people who need waking as they log on.

It isn’t the privacy nightmare it sounds: Phone numbers are not exchanged, and “The calls last just 60 seconds — you’ll hear a warning at 50 seconds, and the call is automatically disconnected at 1 minute. No awkward goodbyes, no long conversations — calls are quick and casual.”

Of course, being the internet it has to add an extra layer of creepy. Kate Russell has spotted that rather than simply match you up with anyone at random it will try and match you so that you’re woken up by someone of a similar age and opposite gender.

Would you use Wakie? Let us know in the comments, and given my bewildered experience with Yo, expect to read that the app has raised millions of dollars in funding soon.

The app is out now on Android and Windows Phone, and is currently being assessed by Apple for inclusion in the App Store.

James O’Malley
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