News

Tigits aims to make phone numbers safer

Sean Miller, a Toronto-area businessman, who after suffering through a few dating nightmares, decided something was needed to make personal experiences like dating a whole lot more secure.

Sean Miller, a Toronto-area businessman, who after suffering through a few dating nightmares, decided something was needed to make personal experiences like dating a whole lot more secure.

Tigits, a Toronto-based company which offers temporary telephone numbers, hopes to make telephone numbers more private. ((iStock))

"I had an interesting experience with someone. I wasn't comfortable giving out my number," said Miller, co-founder and president of Tigits. "I have also talked with a lot of women who have also had stories where they weren't comfortable."

So Miller, a 43-year-old Toronto businessman, launched Tigits, a web-based phone number service in Toronto, which offers users an anonymous second phone number linked to their wireless or home phone, giving the users safety and privacy with their phones.

Short for "temporary digits," Tigits subscribers can give out their temporary number and quickly change that temporary number if necessary, to prevent unwanted calls.

To call someone using Tigits, subscribers dial their Tigits number, and after a prompt, then dial the number they want to call. When a subscriber calls someone using Tigits, the person will only see the subscriber's Tigits number. For incoming calls, the call display will indicate someone is calling his or her Tigits number.

Tigits can also screen Tigits calls with a voice prompt, allowing subscribers to hear who's calling before accepting the call or sending it to Tigits voicemail. Tigits voicemail can send MP3 voicemail attachments so users can listen to their messages via email.

"This service has the potential to quickly become a mainstream offering giving consumers the power to choose who gets their valuable permanent numbers and who should receive Tigits," said Jeffrey Puritt, president of TELUS International. "Tigits has great functionality so it integrates seamlessly with permanent phone numbers."

The service, which was introduced in Toronto last week, is set to launch across the country in early March. Text capabilities will not be available for another few months.