App of the Week: Burner iPhone App Lets You Create Temporary Phone Numbers

Need to share your phone number for a one-time specific purpose but don’t want to give out your real number? No problem. Download the Burner iPhone app and create a new, temporary number that you can discard after you’re done with it.

The developers envisioned many uses for temporary, disposable phone numbers:

Perfect for dating, job searches, short-term projects, craigslist transactions, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media, and for whenever else you want to be in touch and want to keep it on a private line, or don’t want to give out your real number.

The app costs $1.99 and 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.

Pricing options extend to a Long Burner covering 60 days with 75 voice messages and 225 texts at a cost of 8 credits. Credits can be purchased from 3 for $1.99 to 25 for $11.99.

In an era of eroding privacy, the Burner app provides a layer of short-term anonymity.

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