What Are You, A Hitman?: Finally, An App That Creates Temporarily Functional Phone Numbers (Aka Burners)

August 9, 2012


The iPhone app 'Burner' (named after "burner" phones, or a phone you would buy and only use once to set up a drug deal or put a hit out on someone and then toss into a river) creates temporarily functional phone numbers that forward calls to your actual phone so you can, I dunno, be a creeper? But be warned: I wouldn't be surprised if somebody smart enough could backtrace the call and inform the cyber-police. Alternatively, do what I did: sell your smart phone and get a pager. My parents are worried I'm a drug dealer!

For some, one of the most annoying things about setting up webmail services in recent years is the new demand from companies for your personal phone number. Now a new app for the iPhone is poised to turn the tables by offering disposable phone numbers.

Created by Ad Hoc Labs, Burner is an iPhone app that lets you create fully functioning phone numbers with limited life spans based on the amount of credits you pay through the app.

I can see it now. Hey, you don't know who this is, but you better watch your back -- I'm coming for you. "Really? Because the caller ID says 'Geekologie Writer'." Dammit, some of these iPhone apps are confusing to use! *hangs up, calls again* Still say it's me? "Yep." FUFUFUUUUUUUU. Listen, I ain't going back to the clink -- what do you say you and I forget this ever happened?

Hit the jump for an explanation and demo of the app.

  • Guest

    This is a good way to keep one's identity safe for those paranoid of id theives.

  • n_a_a_s

    and here I thought burners were just middle aged hippies from the west coast that like to spin fire

  • This has been around for ages. Its not for anything illegal - its for signing up for advertisements that require pins from texts to log in.

  • Ben

    There's no possible way that this could ever be used for illicit purposes.

    Now I would like to sell you a bridge.

  • Ed

    This is so stupid if you actually did anything illegal with this they could probably trace it back to the company then get a warrant to get to you.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    exactly. it's still all tied back to your phone. stick with the trash phones you can get at walmart for some pocket change. I get about 4-5 a month and rotate them out before I dump them with the bodies.

  • just what i need for craigslist hook ups

  • bluecheesedressing

    Omar likes this, Lester don't.

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