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# Wakie Wakie
This app will give you a wake-up call from a complete stranger every morning
Another frontier broken down.

GETTING WOKEN UP by a total stranger calling your phone might not be everyone’s idea of a good morning, but the ‘Wakie’ app does just that.

Described as a “social alarm clock”, you set your alarm for whatever time you want to get up, and you will be woken by another Wakie user somewhere else in the world giving you a call.

Outlining how the app works on its website, you can wake up others by giving them a ring as well:

Set an alarm for 7:00am and you’ll get a phone call from another Wakie member at 7:00am. 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. You can also choose to wake someone up yourself, too.

Sounds good, right?

This first came to our attention when RTÉ Radio 1′s Colm Flynn did a piece about the app on the radio this morning – and got through to some interesting characters using it.

Like regular user May, who lives in Tennessee, and uses the app to wake people up whilst grooming dogs – and feels like it is “her duty” to do so. Colm also got through to Stuart in Edinburgh, who has only been using the app for a day but has already chatted to a “cute sounding American girl.”

It all seems like great craic.

It’s sparked a positive response online as well:

Would you be interested in getting a call in the morning from a new stranger every day? We’re intrigued.

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