Private callers: find out who's calling

by Suzanne Kantra on February 24, 2020in Phones and sản phẩm điện thoại, sản phẩm điện thoại Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Tips và How-Tos, Privacy :: 48 comments editors independently đánh giá products. To help tư vấn our mission, we may earn affiliate commissions from link contained on this page.

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Whether you"re getting quotes from oto dealers, setting up an online dating tài khoản or returning a work gọi 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


For a temporary disposable number, I like Burner(available in your browser & as an tiện ích for iOS & Android). You get 20 minutes of talk time và 60 texts over a week for không tính phí & then you need khổng lồ buy credits to extkết thúc service và 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 và calls (or $47.99 if you commit to lớn a year of service). If you want khổng lồ be able khổng lồ send 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) và 25 ($11.99).

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2. Use a Free Long-Term Private Number

For a more permanentcalling solution, I recommover Google Voice. You get unlimited calling within the U.S. for không tính phí as well as voictin nhắn, call screening and vì not disturb, aước ao other features. To receive sầu a Điện thoại tư vấn or text, you"ll need a smartphone or computer with Internet access và the Google Voice ứng dụng (miễn phí for iOS và Android). Or, you can choose lớn forward all of your Google Voice calls & texts lớn an existing number. Outbound calls made with the Google Voice app will show your Google Voice number, instead of your real number.

3. Blochồng Your Outbound Caller ID

If you don’t want khổng lồ use your disposable phone number minutes, you can blochồng your outbound Caller ID by turning it off in your phone’s Điện thoại tư vấn "settings" on your sản phẩm điện thoại 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 lớn use the country code, so it would look lượt thích *6712125551212). Your number will appear as unavailable. Here are steps to lớn bloông chồng your number permanently on Android, iPhones & landline phones. However, you may not want khổng lồ permanently block your caller ID because some people choose to lớn set up their phones to automatically blochồng 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.

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