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  • Burner App Allows iPhone Users to Create Disposable Phone Numbers


    A new app out there for the iPhone allows you to create a temporary number that routes to your real phone number and can be set to stop working (or “burn”) after a set amount of time. The $1.99 Burner app comes with enough credits to create a temporary phone number called a “mini-burner” that expires after 20 minutes of talk time, 60 text messages, or after 7 days. Users are given the option to “burn” it sooner if they choose to. Here, inbound and outbound calls use up your actual phone plan minutes and/or texts, but the actual identity of the caller and callee are kept private. Users can then buy more credits in various tiers starting at 3 for $1.99. These credits are used to buy burner numbers of different lengths, or to extend burners you’re currently using.

    The developers of the service consider it to be perfect for dating, job searches, short-term projects, craigslist transactions, or other times when you want to maintain a little privacy. It’s not meant to be used for 911 or other emergency calls and it should also be noted that Burner numbers don’t support MMS, only SMS.

    The thing that makes the Burner service (which is similar to Google Voice) unique is the fact that the phone/text number is temporary. It should be a given that the service isn’t meant to be used to do anything illegal or something that might put you in danger if the caller finds out your true identity, but rather used for maintain anonymity. The control the app gives users when it comes the number from within the app itself is ideal to keep yourself from having to deal with things such as annoyance, creepiness, and stalking.


    Users who are interested in utilizing the service can download the app from the App Store for the aforementioned price of $1.99.

    Source: App Store via BoingBoing
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner App Allows iPhone Users to Create Disposable Phone Numbers started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Nice but its for USA only.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Set it up together with iBlacklist for better privacy results.
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      See the issue is that is still use your actual data.. The concept is cool, but i want 100% stealth mode..
    1. bobohwk2's Avatar
      bobohwk2 -
      Hey All, I wanted to give more info on this app for you guys. I know Akshay mentioned prices above but I wanted to give more info about what you get. I bought the app thinking there would be a bit more free features but I was wrong.

      As mentioned above, you get 3 credits when you buy the app. Once you verify your number and ready to burn you are given 4 options:

      [-] Mini Burner (3 Credits): Get a burner number valid for 7 days or 20 talk minutes or 60 texts
      [-] Standard Burner (5 Credits): Get a burner number valid for 30 days or 50 talk minutes or 150 texts.
      [-] Large Burner (8 Credits): Get a burner number valid for 30 days or 90 talk minutes or 270 texts.
      [-] Long Burner (8 Credits): Get a number valid for 60 days or 75 minutes of talk or 225 texts.

      To Buy Credits you are presented with the following:

      [-] 3 Credit Pack: $1.99
      [-] 8 Credit Pack: $4.99
      [-] 15 Credit Pack: $7.99
      [-] 25 Credit Pack: $11.99

      In my opinion Google Voice is still a better option for having a (private number) but I guess this would come in handy for a user that has money to spend and is in a environment that requires him/her to give out their number a lot to unknown people.
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      A dream for prank callers!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raybeast View Post
      A dream for prank callers!
      Or drug dealers
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I plan on becoming a secret agent next week, so this will come in handy
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      iBlacklist and there's another one also.
    1. Boots13's Avatar
      Boots13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Nice but its for USA only.
      Check out Ring Shuffle. It does almost the same but isn't available in the U.S. any more.
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      a tool to create spam. I can't believe how easy this has become now.