A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone.
Shuffle allows anyone with an iPhone (an Android version is promised) to have a second or even a third telephone number and email address. The new number and address can be either temporary or long-term. This is especially useful for such purposes as listing things for sale on Craig’s List, for use on job applications, dating services, for establishing a home business where you don’t want to list your personal cell phone number, or for battered women who need communications that cannot be tracked by an abusive mate. Shuffle probably has dozens of other privacy protection uses as well. If a phone number becomes compromised by spammers or telemarketers, you can just delete it and no one can reach you on that number again.
Shuffle will also do the same for email addresses.
The app may be downloaded to your iPhone free of charge but creating new, virtual numbers that will ring on your iPhone will cost money. A single number is $1.99 per month and you can configure it to auto-renew. It then charges per transactions: calls in from regular numbers are 1.5 cents per minute; calls out are 5 cents per minute; texts are 1.5 cents; shuffle-to-shuffle calls are 1 cent per minute; and shuffle-to-shuffle texts are free. Each email alias also charges .75 cents per forwarded message.
You can learn more at http://getshuffle.com/.