There are several apps that bill themselves as wedding-day album collectors, but giving out a phone number rather than asking guests to download an app and set up an account is a smaller ask.
Applying for a job: Cohn says some Burner users are salespeople who, say, have a region that spans three states and want to appear like they have a local number in each area.
- helps you find the right local businesses to meet your specific needs.
Search results are sorted by a combination of factors to give you a set of choices in response to your search criteria.
Cohn says the company is “hyperaware” of the threat that criminals pose, be they harassers or more nefarious types.
He won’t say if it has any particular trouble so far, but the company does not hold an Apple-esque line in protecting users’ privacy at all costs.
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On Tuesday, the company announced a new feature for these users: a text bot that will ghost unwanted wooers through their burner line. The mobile number is one of those identifying pieces of information that is associated with us all across the web, so it’s nice to have a less personal number to post in public—so 20 strangers can text that one with their queries about your used microwave.
A more universal reason someone might want a local number (without necessarily committing to one) is applying for that job in New York with a 646 or in San Francisco with a 415.
There are also illegitimate reasons someone might want to hide who they are by using a temporary, disposable phone number.
Craigslisting: Phone numbers, relative to the phones they’re associated with, are pretty dumb, Cohn says. Starting a small business: Among Burner users, Cohn says, are people who just launched food trucks or charter boats and don’t have a place to keep a landline for the business—but do want a separate number to look more professional and to know when an incoming call is for business or for pleasure.
The same logic goes for grassroots political campaigning or running your shop on Etsy or booking gigs for your fledgling band.