Sophisticated cellphone apps can now fake SMS messages, background sounds and even "heartfelt" messages. SundayLife! checks out four of them:
Price: $1.28 on iOS, $1.20 on Android
What it does: This is one of the first few "Fake Call" apps that inspired a slew of copycats.
The app allows you to trigger a call to your own mobile phone.
You tweak your settings in advance to pick one of nine voices - such as that of boss, girlfriend or boyfriend - that will speak to you when you answer the call.
Or if you cannot think of what to say to a fake caller, you can pre-set one of nine audio scripts to guide you along in excusing yourself.
Choose from scenarios such as having a child acting up at home or a wild animal suddenly appearing in your house.
Review: Perfect for getting out of a bad date or a boring meeting.
I like that you can even programme images of your boss or friends to show up on the screen during the call to make the whole thing look more convincing
Price: Free on iOS and Android
What it does: Touted as a "clever relationship wingman", it lets you schedule sweet messages to your significant other.
You can programme dates and times when you want to send a message and the app will dutifully remind you when the time comes.
Choose from more than 40 pre-programmed "heartfelt" messages of love, such as "Miss you :)" or "<3", which looks like a heart from the side.
You can also create your own message to be more convincing.
Review: With this faithful app reminding you when to message your girlfriend, playing the thoughtful boyfriend is easy.
It eliminates the frustration of having to come up with sweet nothings, leaving you more time to, say, play computer games.
The best part of this app is that it can be protected with a password and will send you an e-mail if it detects any suspicious attempts to access it.
This bro has really got your back.