Imagine, if you will, that you’re a very attractive female. Now, before I lose you entirely, I want you to imagine the hassle you’re going to get from blokes. They’re going to try and chat you up endlessly and, if you’re too polite to tell them to “do one”, you’ll probably be giving out a fake phone number.
Here’s some shots of what to expect, or you can just go ahead and give it a try.
Perhaps you’re popular for another reason. You could be shockingly handsome like me, or you could be a famous person. You might just be wanting a temporary phone number to use for an eBay listing or something else. Sure, you could go out and get a few pay monthly phones or you could get a raft of Pay As You Go SIM cards so that you’re not always hassled on your main line, but there’s now another way.
A new iOS app called “RingMeMaybe” is now available and it’ll let you create a real number in just 5 seconds. These numbers link to your phone and work just like a real number, but you can tag each number so you can relate it to certain projects. Cool huh? So, for example, if you’re renting your house, doing some online dating or selling a car, you can instantly see what they’re calling about.
It’s all VoIP based so you can receive calls when you’re abroad on WiFi and it’ll effectively turn your iPod into a working phone too. The pricing isn’t bad either, you can create two numbers in just 5 seconds for free. Additional disposable numbers for just 99c, and there’s a lovely video below to show it all in action..
Update – We’re trying to find out if this provides US numbers only.
Reporting by Ben Williams
RingMeMaybe, the iOS app, Launches to
Generate Unlimited VOIP-based Disposable Phone Numbers for Free International Roaming and Tagging Incoming Calls
Users of all iOS devices can now use real numbers through VoIP to make new connections while keeping their personal information private
San Francisco, Calif – October 17, 2013 – yourVirtualSIM, the expert in Mobile telephony, today announced the release of RingMeMaybe, a disposable phone number generating app for iOS devices that creates real U.S. phone numbers in seconds. With RingMeMaybe, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can access unlimited numbers for convenient and anonymous communication, removing the need to ever publicly reveal primary phone numbers. RingMeMaybe utilizes VoIP technology to enable anyone who requires a temporary or disposable number to receive incoming calls just like a traditional phone number, for a low flat rate. RingMeMaybe allows those travelling abroad to stay connected to their work and personal life without facing roaming charges due to the integration of VoIP.
“As our online interactions become more complex and we engage with a wider community, people must constantly choose between giving strangers their personal number and sacrificing the convenience of telephone contact,” said Alex Botteri, founder of yourVirtualSIM. “RingMeMaybe frees users from that dilemma by providing access to unlimited temporary and disposable phone numbers and control over who they connect with in any context. You will never again have to give away your real phone number outside your circle of trust, and can easily distinguish those who are calling you for each project through the tagging feature.”
RingMeMaybe generates real U.S. phone numbers that automatically link to a user’s iOS device, allowing users to receive incoming calls through VoIP technology even when the app is not open. Since VoIP operates through an Internet connection instead of cellular plan, RingMeMaybe eradicates fees and roaming charges while facilitating the freedom of phone access across all iOS devices. For less than a dollar, RingMeMaybe users can use their virtual number for a week, with the option to extend access or throw the number away. Users are initially given two free numbers when the app is downloaded.
“RingMeMaybe has made managing my rental property so much easier by allowing me to create a new number and distinct tag for each room. Now I know which room a caller is inquiring about before I even pick up the phone,” said Susan DeVore, Craigslist holiday home renter. “I feel safe knowing I don’t have my personal number posted for all the Internet and spammers to see, without being tethered to email for tenant communication. RingMeMaybe has streamlined the renting process for me, as once a project is completed, I can dispose of the number.”
The layer of privacy created by a RingMeMaybe virtual number is valuable in a wide variety of situations, including initial contact with online dates and professional contacts, connection with clients abroad, and interaction with online vendors. RingMeMaybe users can create a unique number for each purpose “tagged” to the category of people with whom the number was shared, such as ‘Airbnb listing’ ‘Tinder dates,’ ‘LinkedIn Networking,’ or ‘London clients.’ The incoming call display alerts the user to which tagged number is contacting him, so he can determine the context of the call and answer accordingly. This feature allows users to interact efficiently with strangers while keeping their real number safe until they choose to share it.
RingMeMaybe account features include:
· Easily create disposable number in 5 seconds
· Tag numbers to specific projects so that those calling you can be easily identified
· 20 credits free with download– the equivalent of 2 new virtual phone numbers
· All calls made to these virtual numbers free to receive
· No payment by the minute – flat rate for unlimited calls
· Virtual number expires after a week, but can be extended indefinitely by applying more credits
· Less than a dollar ($0.99) for each new virtual number added, or extension to an existing number
· Capacity to earn free credits through activities on offer wall
· Unlimited calls allowed for no additional fee
· Convenient visual voicemail access
· Option to delete a virtual number at any time
Download RingMeMaybe from the AppStore now!
Pricing and availability:
RingMeMaybe is available immediately and users automatically receive 20 free credits (2 phone numbers). Credits for an unlimited number of additional numbers, or to extend an existing number, are available for a flat rate of $0.99 per week, or free through credits earned via the offer wall. For more information, visit http://www.RingMeMaybe.com.
yourVirtualSIM is an expert in mobile telephony. The San Francisco, Calif.-based startup partnered with Telecom carriers to create the next-generation IP-based virtual telephony platform. yourVirtualSIM makes the power of cloud telephony available to anyone with a smart phone. RingMeMaybe is the first mobile app to leverage yourVirtualSIM’s telephony platform, creating a virtual Call Center in the palm of your hands.
RingMeMaybe is free to install using the Apple AppStore here and comes pre-loaded with 20 credits (enough for 2 disposable phone numbers). Each subsequent number requires 10 credits and can be obtained through payment of $0.99, or free by completing tasks on the offer wall. For more information, please visit http://www.RingMeMaybe.comhttp://www.RingMeMaybe.com. Follow us here and like us on Facebook here.