Everyday Uses for a Second Mobile Number

Sep 21, 2012 15:43:16Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Everyday Uses for a Second Mobile Number

Mobile privacy is an important issue that you should pay attention to across all facets of your life. There are so many different ways in which we use our cell phone numbers these days that it can be easy to disregard your cell phone privacy without blinking an eye. However, if your personal information falls into the wrong hands, you could be at risk. There are many instances where you will want to protect yourself when you hand out your digits, and having an anonymous second mobile number can be the perfect solution. Here are a few scenarios in which you can benefit from using an additional phone number instead of your personal cell phone number.

Online shopping
You can buy pretty much anything online these days, and with sites like Etsy and eBay, you have the ability to purchase goods directly from the seller. While this is a boon for small businesses, there is always an inherent risk that an online store has malicious or fraudulent intentions. When you order your product, you are going to have to provide your address as well as your phone number.

Before handing out your information, read the company's privacy policy thoroughly and ensure the business is legitimate by reading customer reviews on other sites and checking with the Better Business Bureau. If everything checks out, you can provide your shipping information. The company may also ask for your phone number to contact you in case of an issue with your shipment. They might also plan to use this information to contact you regarding future offers or sell your information to third party marketers. If you use a second mobile number, however, you have the ability to block calls when you don't want to be bothered.

Online dating
Meeting people online is so commonplace, most don't even blink an eye when online dating is mentioned. However, just because it has grown more socially acceptable in recent years, doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions. When you meet a potential match through an online dating service, you should always take caution. You can give them your virtual phone number to get in touch outside the computer. This way, if it turns out this person is a scam artist, they will not be able to do as much damage. A second mobile number is not attached to your personal information, so if they try to hack into your account or steal your identity, they'll come up short.

Similarly, If it turns out your online love interest just winds up being one of those clingy types who can't take a message, you will have mobile security in place. You can block certain phone numbers from contacting you or shut off the service when you don't want to be bothered by overeager daters.

Raffles, contests and charities
When you attend charity events, community functions and sports games, it seems there's always someone selling tickets to a raffle for some incredible prize. If you choose to purchase a ticket or two and try your luck, you'll probably be asked to provide a phone number so they can call you up if you win. If you write down your second mobile number, your cell phone privacy will remain intact on the off chance that the ticket sellers are running a scam to get your money and personal information.

Organizing a surprise party
If you're trying to surprise your spouse or friend for their birthday, you probably don't want the bouncy house rental company to call you and confirm your order when you're with the guest of honor. Using an additional phone number allows you to choose when you can be contacted, ensuring your loved one will be none the wiser when the big day arrives.