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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Burner: A Phone Number You Can Give To Randos Without Regretting it

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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You know when you meet someone at a bar and they ask for your number, and they seem decent enough that you give it to them, but then they start blowing up your phone with texts, leading you to wish you hadn't?

Or when you're messaging someone on Tinder, and you decide to start texting, but then they turn out to be creepy or boring or irritating? And, unlike Tinder, you can't just "un-match" someone over texting so they'll stop contacting you.

The iPhone and Android app Burner aims to fix these everyday dating struggles. With Burner, users are assigned new phone numbers separate from their own, private phone number, with any area code (as long as it's within the U.S., Canada, or Australia). Once users are done with the number, they can delete it by "burning" it, and the number won't be able to receive any more texts or calls. (Also, the app makes a super fun sizzling sound when it "burns" a number, so that's a plus.)

The app allows users to have as many numbers as they want.

"You get to the point [with dating apps] when you’re just expected to give out this really personal piece of information," said Jessica Torres, Burner's Product Marketing Lead. "But then it's like, here's my personal phone number where you can find out anything you want about me from searching it through Google. [With Burner], you can give them your number without opening yourself up like that."

Torres also pointed out that you can't "un-give" someone your phone number.

"You can cut off connection with someone, but your phone number is not like that," she said. 

Burner has been out for a couple of years, but was redesigned in November.

"We are definitely seeing increases [in use] over the last couple of years, now that more people are starting to use dating apps," Torres said. "The biggest thing is empowering people to have control over their information. I think that with a lot of dating apps, that’s part of what you’re doing; you're controlling how much access people have to you."

Torres mentioned that Burner can also be used when posting on Craigslist or for business cards.

Torres, a self-described "power user of Burner" — although not for dating purposes — said that she's started seeing more users using multiple numbers on the app.

"You can have a number that you're using for work and a number that you're using for dating, but you don’t necessarily want those numbers lumped together," said Torres. 

So, the next time some rando who seemed OK on Tinder is texting you to see "what's up" three times a day, you can just push a button and burn, baby, burn.

Check out the app here

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