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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 10, 2007
I was thinking of buying a Burner phone number to use for times when I prefer not to give out my real phone number. I was wondering, would calls come in from either number my same iPhone SE? Also, do texts just show up in the same way... do they indicate it's from a different number?

Thank you for any replies.


macrumors 65816
Jul 12, 2009
Yup! I’ve used it for Craigslist sales. It functions almost as well as native phone calls (it integrates into iOS well).

Just be careful not to return calls using your real number!
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macrumors 6502
Mar 24, 2017
I did a brief glance through Burnerapp's privacy policy and I think you might as well use Google Voice. But I understand some people here simply want to avoid Google.

In the Google Voice settings, you can set "forward calls to" so anyone call your Google Voice number will also ring the forward numbers. Actually in your case you want to keep this empty, so you can use Google Voice separately.

After you create a Google Voice, you can use the Hangouts app for makings call and text. Hangouts is an inclusive all in one communicating app similar to Whatsapp, but better imo because call and text works for actual numbers. One caveat is you need internet connection to use it. Alternatively, you can use the Google Voice app which have finer call and voicemail details, but it doesn't support receiving incoming calls. (To allow incoming call on Hangouts, you have to manually enable an option in the Settings -> Phone number -> Incoming phone calls". You can also enable "Upload contacts" if you want the app to read your iPhone's contacts list.)

The other thing you can do is use RedPocket prepaid, they have cheap plans.
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macrumors 68040
Jun 28, 2009
Encinitas, CA
10-21 is a free app that does all of this. Generally targeted for Law Enforcement, so perhaps the setup email might be a hurtle you need to overcome to use this.
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