by Suzanne Kantra on February 24, 2020in Phones và di động, điện thoại Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Tips và How-Tos, Privacy :: 48 comments
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Whether you"re getting quotes from car dealers, setting up an online dating trương mục or returning a work Hotline from your personal phone, there are times when keeping your phone number private makes sense. Fortunately there are options for short term anonymous "burner" numbers, virtual phone lines and caller ID blocking. Here"s what I recommover.

1. Use a Temporary "Burner" Number

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For a temporary disposable number, I lượt thích Burner(available in your browser và as an ứng dụng for iOS & Android). You get trăng tròn minutes of talk time & 60 texts over a week for không tính tiền & then you need khổng lồ buy credits khổng lồ extkết thúc service and buy new burner numbers. There"s a Mini Burner ($1.99 or 3 credits) for 14 days or trăng tròn minutes or 60 texts, whichever comes first, a Standard Burner ($3.98 or 5 credits) for 30 days or 150 texts or 50 minutes, whichever comes first, or you can pay $4.99 (8 credits) for 30 days of service with unlimited texts & calls (or $47.99 if you commit khổng lồ a year of service). If you want khổng lồ be able to sover photos, there"s a Picture Burner package (8 credits or $4.99) for 100 messages (with or without photos), 50 minutes or 30 days, whichever comes first. There"s a text-only plan with 250 texts (no pictures) for $3.98 (5 credits). Credits can be bought in packs of 3 ($1.99), 8 ($4.99), 10 ($5.99), 15 ($7.99) and 25 ($11.99).

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2. Use a Free Long-Term Private Number

For a more permanentcalling solution, I recommkết thúc Google Voice. You get unlimited calling within the U.S. for không tính phí as well as voicgmail, điện thoại tư vấn screening & vì chưng not disturb, ahy vọng other features. To receive a Gọi or text, you"ll need a điện thoại thông minh or computer with Internet access và the Google Voice ứng dụng (free for iOS and Android). Or, you can choose lớn forward all of your Google Voice calls and texts khổng lồ an existing number. Outbound calls made with the Google Voice phầm mềm will show your Google Voice number, instead of your real number.

3. Bloông xã Your Outbound Caller ID

If you don’t want to lớn use your disposable phone number minutes, you can block your outbound Caller ID by turning it off in your phone’s call "settings" on your di động phone, setting it up in your phone management software if you use a digital phone service or dial *67 before the number on a regular landline phone or cell phone (for both you"ll need to use the country code, so it would look like *6712125551212). Your number will appear as unavailable. Here are steps to bloông xã your number permanently on Android, iPhones & landline phones. However, you may not want to permanently bloông chồng your caller ID because some people choose lớn mix up their phones lớn automatically block incoming private numbers or choose lớn not answer calls when the caller is listed as "Private."

While I value openness — even when it comes to lớn Caller ID, I can see real value in protecting my privacy in a situation where I would be dealing with strangers. It’s safer & smarter.