If you’ve ever thought about getting a secondary phone number, instead of buying a physical SIM you can easily download an app that will let you use a temporary number as a ‘burner.’ A secondary phone number can come in handy when you are signing up for online services and don’t want to be flooded with spam on your primary number. Selling something in an online marketplace? Preserve your anonymity by giving out a burner number. This way you can reserve your primary phone number for your inner circle of friends and family. In this article, we bring you the 7 best apps for a temporary burner phone number.
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Hushed – Second Phone Number
Hushed is one of the most popular temporary phone number apps out there. On downloading Hushed, you get a free 3-day trial number. After the trial period ends, you will need to pay a subscription fee to avail Hushed’s services. Hushed lets you manage your temporary phone number on multiple devices. This way you can even use your iPad as a phone. Each temporary number comes equipped with customisable voicemail greetings, auto-reply text messages, call forwarding, call routing, and more. You can choose from over 300 local codes in Canada, the US, and the UK.
For users in India, Doosra is one of the leading apps that offers you a secondary virtual phone number. Apart from all the basic features like voice calling and texting, Doosra also offers a Smart Filter where only numbers you have whitelisted are allowed to call you. Doosra also has a paid subscription service that lets you use your virtual number to sign up for instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. With a Doosra subscription, you can also use the multi-user login feature.
Google Voice is currently only available in the US and Canada but plans on launching in India soon. We include Google Voice in this because of its airtight security and smooth UI. Unlike other burner phone number apps, Google Voice does not integrate pesky ads in its interface. The result is a clean design which makes the app much better to use. Another added feature of Google Voice is that it lets you transcribe your voicemails to text.
With over a million downloads on Google Play Store, Burner is one of the most popular secondary phone number apps available right now. Users get a free 7-day trial on downloading the app. You can create multiple ‘burner’ phone numbers and delete them anytime you want. You can use the ‘burner’ number to make and receive calls and text messages as well as sign up for online services.
Don’t want to pay for a burner phone number? Download the 2nd Line app. You may have to subject yourself to ads, but you will be able to use the basic features of the app without paying a penny. 2nd Line also offers a premium subscription that gets rid of all the ads on the app. Users can make free local calls but international calling comes at a nominal price. Subscribing to the app’s premium service also unlocks some additional features.
If you need a temporary burner phone number just to make calls and send texts, don’t look further than Dingtone. As soon as you sign up for Dingtone, you get a temporary phone number assigned to you. You can use this number to make unlimited local calls and send free texts. International calls require payment, but the calling rates are much cheaper than that of any regular service provider. You can earn credits within the app by watching ad videos.
If you need a temporary burner phone number for your business or startup, the Line2 app has all the answers for you. Line2 offers business-oriented features such as toll-free numbers for customers, auto-attendant, conference calls, and more. Users get a 7-day free trial upon signing up. The auto-attendant feature is excellent if you want to set up a customer support helpline for your business. Any incoming call will be put on hold or cue, depending upon the line status, and you can even set pre-recorded messages for the customers.
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These are the 7 best apps for a temporary burner phone number. Most of these apps require a paid subscription if you want to use the ‘pro’ features. However, apps like 2nd Line and Doosra offer essential phone services free of cost. If there’s any burner phone app that you think we missed out on, let us know in the comments!
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