Create disposable telephone numbers for the iPhone with Burner

[Video Link] Burner is an iPhone application that lets you generate temporary phone numbers. This would come in handy, for example, if you are selling something on Craigslist, and you don't want to give out your permanent telephone number. The app costs $1.99, which gives you a "burner" number that's valid for 7 days, 20 talk minutes, or 60 texts, whichever comes first. You can buy additional credits in the app.

Burner - Disposable Phone Numbers


    1. I can’t imagine that this isn’t just as traceable as using a regular number. After all, the phone is still using the same SIM, isn’t it? I suppose it does make it easier to behave like a creep, but generally speaking, I think that a piece of software that does nothing more than make it slightly less logistically challenging to be a stalker isn’t going to lead to a massive surge in the number of masturbating mouth-breathers lurking in the bushes.

  1. It’d be awesome for single people,too.   When you meet someone that you seem to hit it off with and are interested enough in to want to get in touch with them again later, but aren’t really sure enough to really want to give them your permanent primary number, you could just give them the burner number.  That number would work long enough for you to get to know them better, see how it goes, and if they turn out to be cool, you can give them your real number before the burner expires .  If things don’t work out, no worries, they’ll be out of your hair for good as soon as the number expires.  It wouldn’t be a help for the ones that you date a while and then things go bad and they won’t let it go, but it’d be awesome for the one date disasters. 

  2. “This would come in handy, for example, if you are selling something on Craigslist, and you don’t want to give out your permanent telephone number.”

    Isn’t this what Google Voice is for? And that’s a free number, too.

  3.  It’d be cool for when you want to give an unfamiliar company you’re doing business with a working number to get in touch with you if they NEED to, but you don’t want to give them your real number.  Then they could call you if they’ve got a problem with your order, but won’t be able to be all spammy forever.  If the company turns out to be cool about only calling when you’d really want them to and they turn out to be something you order from again, you can just update your account with your real number for next time.

  4. Dual-sim phone from china, half the price of an HTC, just as good, SIM from corner shop, 99p.

  5. This is awesome- more tools for humanity to hide behind! I can’t wait to sell some phony concert tickets on craigslist now….

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