Disposable number app gives cellphone users anonymity
The Hushed app was launched on Android phones two months ago and Apple phones two weeks ago and has been downloaded between 500 and 1,000 times a day, according to AffinityClick founder and chief executive Justin Shimoon.
Shimoon said having a disposable number is useful for people who want privacy when shopping or using services online.
"So rather than giving their number out to somebody they may not trust, or they just met - if you're on a dating site and you're going to give somebody your phone number — you'd prefer to give them a hushed number," said Shimoon.
Private investigators, police, using app
He acknowledges it could be used for criminal activity, but said people who want to purchase numbers using the app would still have to provide credit card information. And unlike "burner" phones, people are unlikely to throw away their smartphone after using the app to avoid being traced.
AffinityClick leases the numbers it uses from other providers, and users are not bound to cell phone carriers — because it uses data connections and not phone lines.
Users can download the app for free, but obtaining numbers cost $1.99 a phone number, with rates for calls dependent on the country you are calling and added costs for holding onto a number beyond a set time.