Burner, the disposable phone number service has just launched for Android. It debuted on iPhone last year as a paid app, but this version too has been updated. There are a whole lot of situations where a disposable number comes in handy, for example when selling online, dating or for social networks. Burner from Ad Hoc Labs is free to download with an offer for one sample burner number that lasts for 24 hours, five minutes of talk time or 15 text messages. After that you will need to purchase credits for the service. In-app purchases start at $1.99 and can be used to make a new number or extend an existing one. Credits can also be acquired by referring friends to the app.
Ad Hoc Labs CEO Greg Cohn said, “We’re really excited to launch Burner for Android. Android is a huge market opportunity for us, and along with making Burner for iOS free, is a key step in making Burner available to everyone,”. The update to the iPhone version brings new features including custom voicemail greetings, the ability to star and edit call history and better notifications for calls, missed calls and voicemails.
Disposable numbers are commonly attached to criminal dealings, but there are plenty law-abiding uses for them. Whether it’s handing out a number to someone you just met, or using a disposable number to give out to marketers and websites, burners add an extra layer between you and the caller.
With support for the two main smartphone platforms, Burner is set to take on competing services like Hushed, which recently arrived on iOS after launching first on Android.