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How To Get A Disposable Phone Number Or Text (SMS) Address

by Grey One •

Disposable phone number are useful whenever you want to give out a phone number, but do not want to reveal you personal, private number. The services listed below allow you create disposable phone numbers fairly inexpensively.

Blur: Create Masked Emails, Phone Numbers, Credit Cards

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Blur is a service run by the privacy company Abine. It allows you to create disposable credit cards. You choose how much you want to add to a card, and a “masked card” will be automatically created. You can obtain a new card whenever needed. All charges on the credit card will show up as “ABINE, INC”.

The cost of this service (MaskMe Premium) is $5 a month, and it also gives you access to the other features — Masked Phone Numbers, Masked Emails and the MaskMe apps for iOS and Android.

Currently, MaskMe’s browser extension only available on Chrome and Firefox.

Link: Blur

Burner: Create Temporary Phone Numbers and SMS Numbers

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Burner is a free app for Android or iOS. It allows you to make phone calls and send texts from new numbers. You can find new numbers in any area code. You can then “burn” your number anytime and calls to that number will receive an “out of service” message.

The company offers various “burner” packages. The sample burner (free) will last you one day or up to five calls or 15 texts. You purchase a “mini burner” for $2 (three credits), you will get a number for seven days or 20 calls or 15 texts — whichever comes first. You can purchase credits in the app.

On Apple devices, the app requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Hushed

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Hushed is another free app that is very similar to Burner. One important difference is that Hushed can use the phone’s Wi-Fi or cellular connection, whereas Burner uses cell phone minutes. This means it can be used on devices like iPod Touches or Android tablets.

Hushed provides a free number to try when you register the app. After that, you can buy another number for $1.99, with 20 minutes of talk time and 60 texts. Other packages are also available.

Hushed is available for Android or iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)

Virtual Phone Numbers Providers

These services offer virtual phone numbers (local or 800 numbers). They are aimed at small business users, and include features like voicemail and call redirection.

  • uReach (I used this service for about seven years — they are very reliable)
  • Grasshopper (a newer service — includes apps for mobile devices)

Disposable Email Address

We also covered how to get a disposable email address previously on GreyCoder.

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  1. So I’ve tried all the links shown above and none of them appear as a cell phone, they’re all landlines. Some verification sites will only send an SMS to a cell phone. Does anyone have a solution for this?

  2. I used to use disposable SMS numbers to sign up for accounts where a verification was required by phone or text. A lot of places now detect that these are VOIP numbers and won’t allow their use. Any suggestions for a way to get around that?

  3. We need a number that will only receive texts from locals who wish to participate in our Relay for Life fundraiser.. Just about 2 weeks long, and they text into us their pick up location.
    What would be a good free app for this?

  4. If all you want to do is receive text messages, http://sellaite.com/smsreceiver/ is decent. It’s completely free, but other people can see the messages, so it’s only really good for verification texts. I use it because Google doesn’t like it when I sign in from different countries, so a free option that could be reused was what I needed.

    1. but what is the code country from these numbers 003 or 0037 ?. Often site want the number phone under form as code country + number. We dont know with this website.

      1. It’s not difficult to find. If fact, if you try to use it with Google, it automatically changes the flag to the correct country. If you don’t know your flags, you can do an image search for it (if you don’t have the extension, right click copy image url, and paste it into the url field in google image search.

      1. Because idiots and big mouths don’t need to see everything in everyone’s life. Some have ill-intent and others are just plain stupid. 🙂

        Judging from your post I can already tell your an immature idiot. I’ve seen so many of them up-close and personal real-life. Hanging out and bumming out.

  5. Yes Burner is rather good but imho if you want something reliable you use LazerSMS.com

  6. Unfortunately the snoopy marketing folks are in all-out war with people who would prefer to stay private. Try to use one of those free SMS services to get a verification text. Does not work with so many sites refusing to send the verification to anything but a real cell phone. Same goes for disposable VOIP numbers — verification calls will identify these VOIP services and refuse the call.

    How come the people designing these “features” can’t get that some of us don’t want to (will not) give out our phone numbers. We will walk away from the service before we pony up this info on a trial.

    1. I completely agree, but for a different reason. It’s not that I don’t want to use a mobile, it’s that I don’t own one. I wouldn’t want to give my number out even if I did. The problem is, most sites assume everyone has one, which is ridiculous. Because people without mobile phones are in the minority, they are only losing a few customers even if they force you to have a mobile.
      The company that annoys me the most for this is Facebook, whenever you make an account now it asks for your mobile every time. If you want to avoid giving your mobile, they ask you to scan and upload photographic evidence. A social media account actually needs more identification than my bank needed when I opened it, it’s ridiculous. There reasoning is that it’s so everyone only has one real account or whatever, but ultimately, it’s because they make more money the more genuine user they have, and the amount of information they have on each user. I know it makes me sound like I’m wearing a tin foil hat, but the internet is just there to track you, with hundreds and thousands of companies making money of that information. It’s ridiculous when to avoid being tracked you have to sit behind a vpn which costs money, or for better anonymity use tor/tails which is slow as balls.

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