User anonymity in today’s age of quantified online interchange may prove to be nearly impossible, but Ad Hoc labs presents an opportunity for iPhone users to create temporary telephone numbers for private or public use through an app. Exclusive to iOS, “Burner” is a privacy layer that can provide alias phone numbers to a user.
This number can be used for SMS or voice calls on both sending and receiving ends, and may be used as long as needed. Once the number is no longer needed or if necessity calls for a new number combination, the user may choose to “burn” it.
Ad Hoc foresees it to be used for dating, job searches, short-term projects, craigslist transactions, and social networking, among many others. Burner is available on iTunes for $1.99 and comes with enough credits to create 1 mini-burner that will expire after 20 minutes of voice time and/or 60 text messages, or after 7 days, whichever comes first.
Here’s a quick video of Burner in action: