What Kind of People Need a Temporary Phone Number?

Dec 5, 2012 17:14:34Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

What Kind of People Need a Temporary Phone Number?

Have you ever wished that you had a temporary phone number that you could get rid of when it was no longer useful? There are many reasons why you would need such a service, including some you may not have considered. Below, we'll go over what kinds of people need a easy-to-dispose virtual phone number and what they may use it for.

Online dealers
A temporary number is particularly useful for people who are selling many items online, because it's likely that they'll need to buy and sell a lot of items on websites like Craigslist or eBay. Instead of giving out their actual phone number to potential traders, they can provide the temporary phone number, keeping their privacy intact. Then, once they've finished their transactions, they can simply get rid of the number and never have to worry about hearing from any unscrupulous traders again.

Online daters
The same can be said for people who are seeking love online. It can be difficult to make judgements based on online profiles, so it's not uncommon for people using sites like Match.com or OKCupid to give away their phone number to someone who turns out to be less than trustworthy. On top of that, online dating should only be a temporary experience, which means that the number will need to be deleted at some point.

Traveling workers
Business men and women who travel frequently for their jobs can also benefit from a second mobile number. Working on the go often means encountering new clients and contacts at every corner, and that means travelers will be giving out their number frequently. If this is the case, it can be useful to have a virtual number that can be given out to new clients (who may not be permanent members of their workforce) and thrown away when no longer needed.

Moms and dads
Parents who want to see how their kids handle a cell phone but aren't ready to buy an actual device can use a temporary number as a "test run." The youngsters will be able to make texts and calls from the phone, and at the end of the trial period, Mom and Dad can delete the second phone number, whether or not they've decided to buy a new device for their child.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Then you may want to get a temporary phone number for yourself.