1. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Hey everyone. I'm looking for some expert suggestions for a Messaging (SMS & MMS) app that will keep my phone number a secret. Here's my basic need:
    I need a messaging app that will keep my phone number a secret & does not require my recipients to install any app to get my messages. I don't really care if the app secures the messages or not. But it needs to be able too handle text & pictures.
    Can y'all help with some proven app suggestions to serve my purpose?
    Thanks!
    09-13-18 08:00 PM
  2. thurask's Avatar
    I need a messaging app that will keep my phone number a secret & does not require my recipients to install any app to get my messages.
    ...email?
    09-13-18 08:19 PM
  3. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    ...email?
    Email isn't practical because I only have my recipient's phone #.
    09-13-18 08:21 PM
  4. Bla1ze's Avatar
    Don't think you're finding a solution fitting all that criteria. You're basically asking for SMS that hides your number. Anything else is gonna pretty much require a download by others. Buy a burner phone or get the burner phone apps that hook you up with a bunk number you can ditch. - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...hoclabs.burner
    09-13-18 08:43 PM
  5. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Don't think you're finding a solution fitting all that criteria. You're basically asking for SMS that hides your number. Anything else is gonna pretty much require a download by others. Buy a burner phone or get the burner phone apps that hook you up with a bunk number you can ditch. - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...hoclabs.burner
    Thanks Bla1ze! The Burner app sounds like it will work well for my need. I'll look into it.
    09-13-18 09:01 PM
  6. zer0ten's Avatar
    Is this for contacting escorts? Lol

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    09-13-18 09:03 PM
  7. jope28's Avatar
    This sounds like a thread for the upcoming CrackBerryAfterDark website coming soon to a corner of the dark web near you lol.
    09-13-18 10:26 PM
  8. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Is this for contacting escorts? Lol

    Posted via CB10
    Actually asking for those times when I get a number from someone I don't know well but want to chat with more such as just an acquaintance. I don't want my phone # blown up at inopportune times if you catch my drift.
    09-14-18 12:58 AM
  9. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    This sounds like a thread for the upcoming CrackBerryAfterDark website coming soon to a corner of the dark web near you lol.
    That just sounds sinister. LOL! I assure you that my purposes for asking aren't that dark. I'm just protective of my phone # & texting offers faster reply times than email & is more widely accepted for casual conversation.
    09-14-18 01:02 AM
  10. spyros_81's Avatar
    The best way to deal with such a situation is to not communicate at all - if you don't want someone to have your number then don't contact them!

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    09-14-18 01:06 AM
  11. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    The best way to deal with such a situation is to not communicate at all - if you don't want someone to have your number then don't contact them!

    Posted via CB10
    I would agree with you for a majority of situations but there are a some instances where keeping my phone # private applies until it is determined that the person can be trusted enough to give my phone number to them. I don't think I need to spell it out here.
    09-14-18 01:36 AM
  12. naijab0y's Avatar
    Use Allo. If your recipients don't have it installed it just generates a number that they can reply to without showing yours.

    Having said that.. this is dodgy as f!
    09-14-18 02:03 AM
  13. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    Use Allo. If your recipients don't have it installed it just generates a number that they can reply to without showing yours.

    Having said that.. this is dodgy as f!
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.
    It could be viewed as a bit dodgy but its not with nefarious intention. I believe that a great majority of the users in CrackBerry all have at least a basic understanding & desire for a certain level of privacy no matter what their comfort level of privacy is. The main reason I still use a BlackBerry device is because I value my privacy. So I don't feel that my seeking suggestions from the CB community is "out of left field" here.
    09-14-18 02:12 AM
  14. jope28's Avatar
    Use Allo. If your recipients don't have it installed it just generates a number that they can reply to without showing yours.

    Having said that.. this is dodgy as f!
    That's kind of cool. Had no idea Allo worked that way.
    09-14-18 02:13 AM
  15. spyros_81's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.
    It could be viewed as a bit dodgy but its not with nefarious intention. I believe that a great majority of the users in CrackBerry all have at least a basic understanding & desire for a certain level of privacy no matter what their comfort level of privacy is. The main reason I still use a BlackBerry device is because I value my privacy. So I don't feel that my seeking suggestions from the CB community is "out of left field" here.
    But such an approach doesn't show any respect for the privacy of your potential SMS receiver! It can't be seen as dodgy! It IS dodgy!

    Posted via CB10
    09-14-18 04:04 AM
  16. johnny_bravo72's Avatar
    A cheap feature/flip phone and prepaid simcard should suffice... or so I'm told. ;-)
    09-14-18 06:32 AM
  17. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    But such an approach doesn't show any respect for the privacy of your potential SMS receiver! It can't be seen as dodgy! It IS dodgy!

    Posted via CB10
    You have a right to your opinion but let's not make this thread an ethical debate. Thanks for your earlier suggestion.
    09-14-18 10:42 AM
  18. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    A cheap feature/flip phone and prepaid simcard should suffice... or so I'm told. ;-)
    I've been told that also by some who have a piece on the side.
    I just don't want to deal with a second phone otherwise that would be an option.
    09-14-18 10:48 AM
  19. TheBond's Avatar
    I believe if you have already received a call from them then they may already have your number.

    Why don't you just call them back by setting your number as "Unknown"? Or you can buy a premium service for which they can't reply if you really need something like that.

    When I receive calls (mostly telemarketers) like those, I tend to search them on Google and immediately block them if they're verified to be from spammers.

    Another thing you can try is to use something like TrueCaller or Hiya. They can help you recognizing whether the incoming numbers are dodgy or not. I don't use these services as I am not comfortable sharing my contacts.
    10-06-18 04:43 PM
  20. Vladislavt's Avatar
    Is this burner app, something like Blur from Abine do with their masked phone numbers option? dnt.abine.com/#premiumreg
    10-06-18 06:27 PM
  21. The_Dark_Knight_Forever's Avatar
    I believe if you have already received a call from them then they may already have your number.

    Why don't you just call them back by setting your number as "Unknown"? Or you can buy a premium service for which they can't reply if you really need something like that.

    When I receive calls (mostly telemarketers) like those, I tend to search them on Google and immediately block them if they're verified to be from spammers.

    Another thing you can try is to use something like TrueCaller or Hiya. They can help you recognizing whether the incoming numbers are dodgy or not. I don't use these services as I am not comfortable sharing my contacts.
    I had not received a call from the person. I had the person's number but needed a way to contact them using their number but still allowing 2 way communication without disclosing my primary number. So basically I needed a disposable burner phone number. So after it was suggested I download Burner & set it up. I tested it & it does indeed keep my primary phone number hidden. It's been working pretty darn good for me so far although I do think it could be a bit cheaper than $5 monthly for all the features.
    10-06-18 06:36 PM
  22. TheBond's Avatar
    I had not received a call from the person. I had the person's number but needed a way to contact them using their number but still allowing 2 way communication without disclosing my primary number. So basically I needed a disposable burner phone number. So after it was suggested I download Burner & set it up. I tested it & it does indeed keep my primary phone number hidden. It's been working pretty darn good for me so far although I do think it could be a bit cheaper than $5 monthly for all the features.
    No worries, if that works for you and if you're in US / Canada.
    I generally call them with Private Number or simply look them up on Whatsapp up if they're of a bother.
    10-06-18 08:04 PM

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