Get YOUR Free Phone Number
September 18, 2006 (WPVI) -- Aspiring recording artist Airin McClain wants to provide strangers with concert information but she does not want to sacrifice her privacy.
Airin McClain of North Philadelphia explained her concern for privacy. "I'm definitely concerned about giving out my personal phone number, cell or landline, just for security reasons." So Airin uses private phone. Just enter a state, area code, and city on the company's website and you'll instantly get a disposable phone number that matches.
"Then they give you a confirmation and you just set up your voice mailbox."
Private phone numbers don't ring to a landline or cell phone. They connect only to your voice mailbox where callers can leave messages. An email or text message on your cell phone will notify you that you have messages waiting.
So what will private phone cost you? Just like Airin tells us, "That's the best part - it's free!"
Your mailbox will hold up to 10 messages at a time for free, after that you have to pay. But you can get as many private phone numbers you want free of charge and shut a line down any time.
Adam Weissman is trying a different disposable phone number service - Jangl, which is in the test phase. Jangl numbers ring directly to your real phone, but to get one both you and the person on the other end of the line have to be Jangl members.
Jangl provides you with a user id that you can give out to anyone you'd like. But that person has to text your id to Jangl or plug it into the company's website. Only then will the company provide a unique phone number that the two of you can use to call each other.
Jangl will launch in October and be free for at least the first four months.
Akshay Sateesh is trying Pinger free instant voice messaging.
Akshay said, "It's better than text messaging because I don't want to be text messaging while driving."
To send Pinger voice messages, load the phone numbers of your contacts on the website then call the number Pinger provides you to record messages. You can send your Pinger to hundreds of people at the same time - while you're mobile. Receivers can listen to Pingers by phone or through email.
Pinger will officially launch next Monday.
And again, you can try both Jangl and Pinger free of charge while they're in the testing phases.
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