There are, of course, perfectly valid reasons for a "temporary" cell phone number, such as an online ad where you don't want folks to know your real number, a blind date, or (ugh) a telemarketer who wants to appear local so the recipient of the call will answer.
You can use services like Google Voice for these occasions, but guess what: they've still got a number you might want to keep private (although you can always block phone calls to a Voice number, you can't block texts). The answer "might be" Burner, an iPhone app that debuted on Wednesday.
Burner gives you the ultimate throw-away phone number. While iPhone-only for now, it's coming to Android soon.
The app costs $1.99, and has a number of in-app purchases, necessary to keep your burner live alive. For $1.99 you get a temporary phone number (it defaults to your area code, but can be changed), good for seven days, 60 texts, or 20 minutes of call time.
Here's how it works:
- Burner comes with enough credits to create 1 mini-burner that will expire after 20 minutes of voice time and/or 60 text messages, or after 7 days, whichever comes first. (Or you can burn it at any time.)
- Inbound and outbound calls forward to and use your actual phone line (and cellular minutes) but keep the call identity private in both directions.
- Text messages do not use your SMS allowance.
- You can buy more credits, starting at 3 for $1.99, with discounts for buying more
- You can use credits to buy various types of burners and extensions to burners.
- When you burn a number, we take it out of service and delete it from your phone immediately.
- Burner numbers do not support MMS (just like Google Voice)
- Not for 911 or emergency calls.
- 25 Credit Pack - $11.99
- 3 Credit Pack - $1.99
- 8 Credit Pack - $4.99
- 15 Credit Pack - $7.99
- 30 Day, 100 minute Burner - $3.99
What say you readers? Do you have any atypical ideas for Burner uses?
Watch a demo video below.