burnerThere’s a new app in town called burner that let’s you have throw-away phone numbers on your mobile phone, in addition to your normal, permanent cell phone number. If you’re not a drug dealer, why would you want or need that? Turns out there are LOTS of reasons.

Having a thin layer of privacy between yourself and the rest of the world, when needed, is hard to put a price on. Now you can manage who can reach you without compromising your personal information. Ever regret giving out your phone number? If you’d used Burner, you could have given out a temporary number that could be deep-sixed at the very moment your blind date got awkward.

There are countless reasons, both personal and business, where people wish to maintain a degree of distance between themselves and the people they’re communicating with. This fact will only increase as home and office landline phones go the way of the Dodo and cell phones become our lone communication device. Think of Burner as a comprehensive privacy and identity protection layer.

If you need to post contact information publicly but don’t want to use your real number, or if you’re working on a short term project or with someone you’ll only be speaking to for a short time, this app is ideal.

Keep a Burner number as long as you want… or dispose of it at the touch of a button. Like magic, your number goes out of service and the data for that number is wiped from your phone. Burners are real phone numbers with local area codes that you can use for calls, texts, and voicemail to stay in touch with anyone.

Best of all, the service is FREE! There are some paid upgrades available, but the basic, free service is quite nice. Want to try it? Just go to the Apple App Store or the Android Google Play Store on your phone and search for “burner”.