– A Free Anonymous Phone Number Service

imageWordPress has made it very easy to “follow” WP hosted blogs, with the inclusion of a “Follow” widget. Occasionally, I’ll take a quick peek at a new follower’s Gravatar profile simply out of curiosity. Far too often, these profiles list a personal telephone number.

Here’s a recent example, with the telephone number blacked out for obvious reasons.

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There may be a good reason why this person has chosen to post his telephone number openly on the Internet – but, I can’t think of one that satisfies the most basic of privacy considerations.

It’s not as if there aren’t solutions to freely posting a contact telephone number – without compromising a “real” telephone number – there are. One such solution, and a free solution at that, is offered by

Rather than focus on the single issue illustrated by the example I’ve laid out above – I’ll rerun last year’s article on instead. This article provides an overview of how works, and how you might benefit from this free service.

Originally posted January 26, 2011

Privacy is a major issue for most people who use the Internet; particularly those who use web based listing service such as eBay, Craigslist, and online dating services. Not surprisingly, to interact with these services, participants need to provide a contact phone number.

Not all participants feel comfortable in providing their home, business, or cell phone numbers to unknown parties that can conceivably place them at risk. So, how can you address this challenge, if you fit into this category?

Luckily there are a number of free services that offer solutions to this problem. The new kid on the block is – currently in Beta. (currently in Beta  provides a connection service, by way of a URL, which you can post – instead of your actual phone number.

Those with access to this unique URL can call you – with acting as an intermediary which effectively protects your real phone number, as well as the phone number of the caller.

In testing, the process went smoothly and the step by step instructions were clear and very easy to follow.

First, I entered my phone number. The number in the following graphic is a “dummy” number. I did, in fact, enter my real number. After which, I pushed the “Create Link” button.


Verifying my number (as per the instructions), prompted a call from the service …….


It was a simple matter to enter the required verification code from my handset.


Finally, I’ve got my link.


Clicking on the link you have provided the recipient (which I did), will open the following self explanatory screen.


In testing, the call completed flawlessly.

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Fast facts:

Easy – Get a free disposable link for your phone number. Post it to Facebook, Twitter, forums, dating sites, anywhere you want!

Private – When the link is clicked, will connect your call. Your number always remains private. Don’t want to talk now? Reject the call!

Customizable – Keep the link as long as you want. Done with the link? Revoke it. Log in, or call 415-325-2003 for our automated system.

If you’re looking for a free, safe solution, as an alternative to posting your phone number anywhere on the Internet, should appeal to you.

Note: Calls are limited to 10 minutes and, to U.S. and Canadian numbers during the beta.

Connect with Babble.lyhere.


Filed under Free Anonymous Phone Numbers, Internet Dating Safety Tips, Internet Safety Tools, Privacy

10 responses to “ – A Free Anonymous Phone Number Service

  1. delenn13

    Just a heads up:

    If you have any Paragon Products with WinPE, you need to make sure you have your own copy. It seems emails are slowly going out to customers telling them that MS has changed their licensing and Paragon will no longer offer or be able to distribute WinPE after March 30, 2012.

    I can’t find anything on their website yet but comments are showing up in forums such as Wilder’s Security, GOTD and Windows 7 about the emails. They are probably trying to avoid a mad dash to download it. Do a search with “paragon winpe march 30”.

  2. Reblogged this on khrystleraineduste and commented:

  3. Thank you for this. I am new to Social Media and Iam one those people who freely posted their cell phone number. I will past this information on.

  4. delenn13

    Oh, I forgot to say..This article made me check to make sure I didn’t goof up because I, usually, put a sparse bit of info into the profiles only. 🙂

  5. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    This is very useful. Will give it a try when it’s available in the UK.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      I’m surprised that a service like this isn’t available in a broader market, since as you say – “This is very useful.”

      Hopefully, a developer in the UK will get on board with this type of thing – sooner, rather than later.