James Bond-ish or Tony Soprano-ish?

Also via geeksugar, here’s a cool website that enables one to alias their real phone number for up to a month: Basically, it assigns you a randomly generated (US) phone number, then you tell it your real number so it can forward calls to it for a duration you define. Once that duration comes to an end, the fake # no longer forwards calls to your real #.

I’m struggling with the use cases on this one for those of us who’s last name is not Bond or Soprano, but here’s one:

You meet a someone who seems “normal” and might want to sync up with them again later, but you aren’t quite sure because while mingling with them your freak-o-meter flickered once…or twice. Instead of giving them your real, permanent number, you give them a temporary # during what one may call a “friendly probationary period.”

Other suggested use cases?

  1. #1 by Kevin on August 7, 2007 - 8:31 pm

    I imagine lots of single women would use this on the dating scene.

  2. #2 by ToddC on August 14, 2007 - 9:15 am

    So far the only things I’ve come up with are:
    Selling stuff on-line or in the paper (but they don’t have a 207 area code, so folks won’t think it’s local). Therefore calls don’t continue after the item is sold, nor do telemarketers get you.
    That freak-o-meter you mentioned? Yeah, but with freaks intentionally hooking up for anonymous freakishness. Maybe more Johny Drama-ish than Tony Soprano-ish.
    Letting your teenage daughter talk directly to the folks she’s already quite cozy with on My Space. Knee jerk says it’s a bad idea, but if she’s IMing with a "12 year old girl" and the voice of a "dirty old man" is on the phone, maybe it’s better you pick up that handset.
    Unique idea: Get a number in a city where your friends are to avoid long distance charges on the land-line.
    Without tying it to advertising or subscriptions, I don’t see how it makes money.

  3. #3 by Raj on August 18, 2007 - 10:46 pm

    I sell a lot online.
    Just search for "numbr" on Craigslist in say, San Francisco to get the use-case.
    There are several apps I can think of that can use as providers of "transaction numbers" ..

  4. #4 by tom on August 31, 2007 - 4:20 pm

    does not need to make money if the goal is to sell the company ebay or craigslist to be a service for classfied add customers.

  5. #5 by tom on August 31, 2007 - 4:30 pm

    the service could also be a law enforcement front expected to attract lot of criminally minded people. they would get a nice datafrom from the real numbers that the calls forward too.

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