Free Disposable Phone Numbers – Protect Your Real Number

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Have you ever signed up for a mailing list, entered a contest, or done a trial offer where you were asked for your phone number? We all have, and by giving out our real number we leave ourselves open to getting annoying telemarketing calls at all hours that not even enrollment in the “Do Not Call” list can help you with (Companies with which you have a prior business relationship, which could include things like this, can still call you even if you’re on the DNC list). Thankfully there are services online that allow you to create a disposable phone number for just such occasions.

The best one I’ve found is PrivatePhone by Netzero. It is completely free and allows you to create a local number (most other services require you to use a number wherever the provider is based).


March 23, 2007 - Posted by | GPT, Telemarketers


  1. […] If you do this, be sure to use a disposable email address like Yahoo or Hotmail, and get a disposable phone number like Privatephone (see my previous post here. […]

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  2. Hi there. Sorry to post on such an old topic… Just wondering if in your research you came up with any other services like PrivatePhone. I’m looking for basically exactly what it is… free incoming phone number that goes right to voicemail. The issue is that PrivatePhone itself seems to be on its way out in the not-too-distant future. I’d actually be willing to pay a couple of dollars a month if I was convinced the service would be around for a while, but I’m having a hard time tracking down anything like it.

    Comment by Dave | September 27, 2007

  3. No worries. I had not heard PrivatePhone was going away, but I have also used k7.net as well. The drawback of that service is that you can’t get a local number (all numbers are in the area of their headquarters) like you can on PrivatePhone. I think there are a few other services out there, but I don’t remember what they are.

    Comment by billyoceanseleven | September 27, 2007

  4. […] Also, use disposable email addresses (just open a new Yahoo or Hotmail account) and phone numbers (see post on PrivatePhone here) to avoid unwanted telemarketing and spam. These folks have been known to charge your card without […]

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