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Need a stealth phone number that you can quickly use and dispose of? Say hello to Burner, the app that lets you create and manage new numbers through your iPhone without giving that phone’s number away.

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In a bar and don’t want to give your cell number to a stranger? Selling a table on Craigslist and don’t want randos knowing how to reach you at all times? Or, perhaps you’ve watched reruns of The Wire one too many times?

Say hello to Burner, the app that lets users purchase short-term cell numbers that can be used and “burned” in a short period of time, all managed through a user’s personal iPhone without giving away that cell’s number.

Disposable cell numbers certainly seem like they might be used for nefarious activities, but founder & CEO Greg Cohn said these numbers can be used for any number of purposes in the era when a cell number is so closely tied a person’s identity.

“Burner is for anyone who has more than one life – or who simply values their privacy,” Cohn stated in the press release for Burner, which was built by Ad Hoc Labs, the Los Angeles-based software company.

The app will become available in the Apple iTunes App Store Wednesday for $1.99 per download. Users start out with three credits, which gives them a single number for seven days of use or 20 minutes of talk time. Users can purchase additional credits or packages to extend the life of a number, or “burn” it at any time.

Within the app, users can manage texts and calls to individual numbers, purchase credits to create additional lines, and share those numbers to social networks.

Cohn explained that while users might eventually be able to purchase and maintain numbers for indefinite use, they’re really intended to serve short-term purposes, like accompanying a Craigslist ad, putting the app’s services in a different category than something like a Google Voice number which is more permanent by nature.

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  1. Requires internet? (I guess yes)

  2. Andrew Staples Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    The tagline should be: Burner – Inspired by Stringer and Avon.

  3. Tim Rosenblatt Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Will text messages be forwarded too, or is this for voice calls only?

    1. You can manage text messages to the different numbers through the app as well.

  4. I’d question how quickly they return burned numbers into circulation. How many calls would I receive that are intended for the last holder of my burner number?

    1. …and we have a winner!

    2. My former work, Onebox, recirculated phone numbers 30 days after accounts were cancelled. It could be any time period though, so yes you could receive someone else’s calls the day after they cancelled.

  5. Mohnish Chaudhary Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    I use IPKall when I need a temporary number.

  6. Non-randomly Generated Username Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Seriously, not a single link to Burner?

    http://burnerapp.com/

  7. Is anyone else hearing Michael Westen say “When you’re a spy…” in their head?

  8. definitely a great idea! I’m excited to try, hopefully it will live up to the expectations

  9. What is the cost to set up a number for Angies List? Can I get a local area code? Do I set up a seperate ring tone on Iphone for this? Is it easy?

    I am running an employment ad which I would rather not have current employees aware of.

    1. Sneaky Victor…Sneaky :)

  10. docter octagonapus Saturday, November 3, 2012

    Can I use this with faxes?

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