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Author Topic: Havent got a punting phone? You will after reading this  (Read 8005 times)

Offline mediumjoe

Apologies to someone who posted about this ,tried to find you but now lost in the ether  Poster suggested googling wg phone number for more info . This got me thinking, googled my own, and after a little experimentation with the gaps between the letters there I was , a bit more digging would have brought up my company directorship and home address! Even worse the oh is also named on there as a director !! Ever put your number on an add in the paper with your adress as well? up it comes !  Straight down to Tesco for a pay as you go this morning.
Sorry to say but this may have put the idea into the festering curds that pass for brains of pimps that lurk on here, but i felt I had to warn you all . "Hey lets be careful out there" Joe

I find having to explain a secret phone a bigger risk for me.

Offline mediumjoe

Perhaps use the same phone but change the sim ,that would be easier to hide .

Up to the individual punter ho they do it after assessing their own risk, obviously you checked to see implications and the risk was very high for you !

Glad you discovered before any damage was done !   :hi:

Offline OakTree

I find having to explain a secret phone a bigger risk for me.

My problem exactly, it was just something else to worry about. Plus the fact texting on it was a fucking chore as it wasn't a smart phone so I'd have to press some letters numerous times till I got to the one I wanted.

I never bothered with a punting phone for years and in the end I just went back to using my normal phone. I do wonder about the paranoia that's banded about, I know some treat punting like an SAS mission and their circumstances might dictate that but for me I'm keeping it just a low key affair.

I do wonder about the paranoia that's banded about, I know some treat punting like an SAS mission and their circumstances might dictate that but for me I'm keeping it just a low key affair

IMHO the greatest risk is getting ratted on by a rogue WG, and that isn't dependent on "circumstances" :hi:

Offline smiths

My problem exactly, it was just something else to worry about. Plus the fact texting on it was a fucking chore as it wasn't a smart phone so I'd have to press some letters numerous times till I got to the one I wanted.

I never bothered with a punting phone for years and in the end I just went back to using my normal phone. I do wonder about the paranoia that's banded about, I know some treat punting like an SAS mission and their circumstances might dictate that but for me I'm keeping it just a low key affair.

Its NOT paranoia to be careful if you have something to lose in my view, and as has been said all that is required is a punting sim NOT another phone. Sure some people go well over board which is up to them but rather that than getting caught out. Where I see it as a problem is where real paranoia stops a punter enjoying punting.

The fact is punters have been outed or threatened by low lifes so its not even as though there is no risk, there is a risk dependent on what you use and say, the risk may be very small but for me using a punting phone/sim and spinning WGs bollocks about myself is the wise thing to do.

Offline Taggart

WHile some say a punting sim is the easiest answer, how does that square with an iphone, where, surely, you will need to delete messages and call history from WGs are they are no stored on the sim.
Ditto browser history?

I use a punting phone, which is keypad locked and all msgs/call history deleted after a session. Mrs Taggart not suspicious as I've sold some cars, furniture and other shit on Gumtree, so plausible excuse not to use my work phone. And she doesnt know the code for the punting phone.... :D

A phone specifically for punting! Jeez, why didn't I think of that sooner.. :dash:

Offline Mansell

A phone specifically for punting! Jeez, why didn't I think of that sooner.. :dash:

 :lol: :lol: :lol:

And she doesnt know the code for the punting phone.... :D

That's what you think.....lol

Offline agcnospam

Someone posted a link not too long ago to an app which gives you a different phone number but does not require a second sim?  Feedback seemed good from people who had used it. Will try to post link later when i get on the PC.

Offline smiths

Someone posted a link not too long ago to an app which gives you a different phone number but does not require a second sim?  Feedback seemed good from people who had used it. Will try to post link later when i get on the PC.

Yes I vaguely recall that but cant remember any detail, my advice is use a non Smartphone for punting and pen and paper, going basic has served me well for many many years. If using a Smartphone know exactly how it works inside out and how any apps work.

Offline psplit

It was swytch.com. I've installed and tested it and seems to be an excellent solution

Offline seward

This thread comes up time after time , and if you have nothing to lose great, but for those that take privacy and security seriously, then use a separate means of comms, we've had smart phones and social media for a while and people tend to forget that modern technology leaves electronic footprints,so don't assume that just because you use it all the time it can't come back and bite your arse! "Familiarity breeds contempt" and that's what catches most  people out,and if anyone thinks they have nothing to lose just look at your life and check all the possibilities, you may have a shock. :hi:

There's an app called 'Hushed' that provides a 2nd number on a smartphone. A number costs a couple of dollars and lasts a month. You can top up if you want to continue with the same number. I get a new one quite frequently. Works well. Not sure how secure it is for linking into other stuff like facebook but I've not encountered any problems.

Offline RedKettle

in my view being as open and honest as possible with the OH is the way to go....

....well with certain things, like for example buying a cheap pay as you go phone to use at times when you do not want to risk your expensive smartphone.  This will probably be hobby related and I am not going to give mine away here - but for example if you go canoeing and are worried about falling in.

The danger is that she knows about it and may ask to use it sometime, so you need to keep it clean of texts, contact details etc but I do that anyway - and pray no stupid WG calls you.  However you might just casually mention it one time and not make a big deal of it and keep the phone out of sight.  If found you remind her of the conversation.

Or you buy two identical phones and leave one at home as a family spare.  If your punter phone gets spotted she will (unless you are really unlucky) think it is just the spare.

Yes all a little james bond like but for some of us we need to be, and it all adds to the thrill!!!

Offline Diehard

Even a pay as you go phone isn't a guarantee for safety.

A civvie on tinder found out where I worked a couple of years ago as when we swapped numbers and exchanged texts she had some sort of tracking device that enabled her to see where I was texting from!!

She justified this by saying she had previously had a stalker and the police recommended she download it! Turns out the only stalker was in fact her!!!

Basically don't even communicate with hookers from your home or work, or even for that matter girls off SA or civvie flings you maybe having an affair with but giving her false details.

Yes, this may seem a bit extreme, but as smiths says above, it's better to be overly cautious rather than have a lapse in security.

got busted with a 2nd phone, not a good thing to try and explain

? If I Google my mobile it throws up name and address of some guy in USA. But then again I don't use social media and my phone is not linked to anything like Gmail or whatever. If Google finds your phone it's because you have it showing somewhere like Facebook or on some sort of public/searchable database.

Offline Cunning Punt

got busted with a 2nd phone, not a good thing to try and explain

Try keeping it away from home or car then, in a lockable drawer or locker at work/gym/golf club. Easier to have phone rather than SIM you've got to keep changing and may lose as it's so small.

Offline Hertsgent

I've got a separate SIM - works well, as less likely to be found than another phone and easier to keep on me. Of course, you then need your personal phone to be easy to swap SIM cards in and out of (ie not an iPhone). I think using a different number just keeps it simple for me....

As has been stated its down to the individual,I use a punting phone as I can lock it away in my work draw and as I only punt during the week this works fine for me

,the only downside is that if I punt after work I have to head back home via the office to drop it off,bit of a pain if you are shagged out! :D
« Last Edit: May 17, 2016, 07:35:10 AM by claretandblue »

Offline maxxblue

Even a pay as you go phone isn't a guarantee for safety.

A civvie on tinder found out where I worked a couple of years ago as when we swapped numbers and exchanged texts she had some sort of tracking device that enabled her to see where I was texting from!!

She justified this by saying she had previously had a stalker and the police recommended she download it! Turns out the only stalker was in fact her!!!

Basically don't even communicate with hookers from your home or work, or even for that matter girls off SA or civvie flings you maybe having an affair with but giving her false details.

Yes, this may seem a bit extreme, but as smiths says above, it's better to be overly cautious rather than have a lapse in security.

Was your phone a smartphone? My understanding is that such tracking isn't available with a basic £10 Nokia type phone - though I stand to be corrected.

Offline SamLP

I bought my punting phone as an excuse to put a foreign sim card when I go on holiday. I'm single so no OH to worry about but I keep it in the car. Never had to explain it to anyone but if I do need to, I'll tell them it's for when I go on holiday.


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