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http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/shortcuts/2012/aug/12/need-a-burner-app-for-that

Need a burner? There's an app for that
There's now a smartphone app that temporarily gives you a new phone number. But who on earth would need it?

Ever wanted to close a drug deal? Or stalk your biggest crush? Help is at hand (at last!) in the form of a new smartphone app – Burner – allowing users to call contacts from a temporary number that expires a few days later, but use their existing iPhone to do it. The creators suggest it'll suit anyone who innocently wants to keep their identity private: for example, if you're selling something but don't want to include your real number. Fans of the US drama The Wire may be slightly more suspicious: burners were used by criminals to keep the police off their case. The makers of the $2 (£1.50) app say they'll prohibit any untoward activity by logging all IP addresses. Nevertheless, app users have already set up a Tumblr blog to list lurid personal ads. Requests for sex feature highly. Thankfully, it's not yet available in the UK.


Offline smiths

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/shortcuts/2012/aug/12/need-a-burner-app-for-that

Need a burner? There's an app for that
There's now a smartphone app that temporarily gives you a new phone number. But who on earth would need it?

Ever wanted to close a drug deal? Or stalk your biggest crush? Help is at hand (at last!) in the form of a new smartphone app – Burner – allowing users to call contacts from a temporary number that expires a few days later, but use their existing iPhone to do it. The creators suggest it'll suit anyone who innocently wants to keep their identity private: for example, if you're selling something but don't want to include your real number. Fans of the US drama The Wire may be slightly more suspicious: burners were used by criminals to keep the police off their case. The makers of the $2 (£1.50) app say they'll prohibit any untoward activity by logging all IP addresses. Nevertheless, app users have already set up a Tumblr blog to list lurid personal ads. Requests for sex feature highly. Thankfully, it's not yet available in the UK.

I daresay some will find it useful, i only need a basic phone that i got second hand for punting myself, its years old but makes the calls and texts i need it to.

Offline adindas

I use separate phone for punting.
There are some UNLOCKED phone for about sub £10 in e2Save or CPW group.

For instance here
http://www.e2save.com/mobile-phone/payg/samsung/Samsung-E2121B-refurbished-Refurbished.html?network=vodafone&tariffcode=PPVODA#

Also sometimes it is available in ASDA. But I am not sure whether the ASDA one is already unlocked.

I sometimes use PAYg or monthly rolling contract for instance with giffgaff goody bags.


Offline haystacks79

I feel sorry for anyone that later ends up with the same number - there's a limit number, after all. Having had the pleasure of a landline number that was previously owned and advertised by a local company, and a mobile number that used to belong to a mechanic hundreds of miles away, I can see potential for some awkward calls here!

I used to have my old smart phone as my punting phone, with a PAYG sim in it, when it began to fail I got hold of the cheapest nokia I could find (as always got on well with these) and stuck the sim in there. Got a sim with the new phone as well, as the phone was far cheaper that way, and got the credit transferred across to my real number. Actually keep another sim for a different network as well, and as my phone is unlocked I can easily swap that on in if there's a signal problem at the important moment.

Works for me - the nokia is fairly small and light (far smaller than my old smartphone) and offers all I need to call/text, which is what is required when on the way to a wg. I think it can do email as well, but I've not bothered setting that up - I still have my main phone, and can email from that if I need to.


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