Have you ever posted a Craigslist ad with your phone number? If you have not, trust me it is far from a good idea. You will wind up with whackos calling you in addition to voice spammers adding your phone number to their repository or database. I normally allow Craigslist to create one of their disposable email addresses and it simply forwards the email to your account.
This is exactly what iNumbr does for phone numbers. The free, temporary phone number you give out simply forwards to a number specified by you and then it will expire or self-destruct when you want it to!
It is a proven fact that by providing a phone number you are much much more likely to make a sale. It adds to your credibility as well as it shows you care.
Let’s take a look at how iNumbr can help you in your eBay auctions, classified ads or even to give out to girls you meet at a club. Wow that’s a good idea – too bad it’s about 10 years too late for me. Kids today and this new fangled technology!
When you arrive at iNumbr you will see a site that looks like this:
Simply click the link that says Get your Free iNumbr. You will need an email address and a phone number to have iNumbr forward your calls. Once you click the link you will get hit with a little human verification to make sure you are not a spam bot or something similar:
After you hit submit on your verification you will be sent to a page to set up your actual free temporary phone number. That screen looks like this:
From this screen you can choose your preferred area code. Most major United States markets are included in the list. These are:
- Atlanta 678
- Boston 617
- Chicago 773
- Cincinnati 513
- Dallas 214
- Detroit 313
- Houston 713
- Las Vegas 213
- Miami 786
- New Jersey 973
- New York 347
- Phoneix 602
- Pittsburg 412
- Portland 503
- Salt Lake City 801
- San Diego 213
- San Fransisco 415
- San Jose 408
- Seattle 206
- St. Lois 314
- Washington DC 202
If your area code is not included it might be added in a future release or you could always email the developers begging pleading asking nicely for them to add it!
Next up you choose when should they disconnect the free, temporary phone number (you can change this in your control panel later):
Then after you are finished, submit the form and you will be sent to a page with your information on it:
So here you will see how long your number is active for, what number and extension the caller needs to dial, where the call will be forwarded to and how you can record a personal greeting, as well as your password.
Now when someone calls your iNumbr they will be asked for their name. Then your phone will ring with the name that they left. You can then choose to answer it or send it to voicemail.
This is a really nifty service! Do you use this or something similar? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments!