Vumber offers disposable phone numbers
Landlines? Give me a break! Cell
phones? That's so 20th century.
Voice over IP? As if.
It's a virtual world, so why tie
yourself down to a real phone
An outfit called Vumber
(http://www.vumber.com) has announced
its virtual phone number
service, providing what it
calls 'secure, disposable two-way'
Basically, they offer a transparent
call forwarding service. The
customer can get a phone number or numbers in any area code,
then make and receive calls from
that number, keeping the real
number hidden. The company
says it has numbers available in
most area codes. Have fun! Fool
your friends! Or, as the announcement
can also use Vumber to
project a specific image for themselves
or their business. For example,
an entrepreneur can set
up multiple phone numbers in
different area codes to increase
the perceived size of a business.'
Other uses of the service include
shielding yourself when
using online dating Web sites,
social-networking sites, online
job and message boards, and
filling out other online forms.
No word yet on whether it will
fool the National Security Agency.
Calls made to the virtual number
ring through to the subscriber's
real phone number,
landline or cellular. When calling
out, the subscriber dials the virtual
number, then the number
being called, and the caller ID on
the recipient's end sees only the
virtual number. Each number
also has a unique voicemail box. 'Incoming calls placed to your
Vumber never reach your regular
Hmmm. Bet we could find a
use for that.
William Jackson is a senior writer of GCN and the author of the CyberEye blog.