10 Great Reasons to Get a 2nd Number on Your Smartphone

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More than two-thirds of North Americans have a smartphone. And we are increasingly doing everything on that phone, from work calls to personal calls to sending text messages to accessing email to surfing the web to mobile commerce, and so on. And while most of us use separate emails to manage different aspects of our lives, we only have one phone number.

But what if you don’t want every person from every aspect of your life to have your private mobile number? Did you know your personal privacy is at risk every time you share your personal contact details online or with people you don’t intend on having a connection with over the long term?

So what’s the answer? Simply download an app like Shuffle, and setup a 2nd or 3rd number on your smartphone for everyday use.

With it, you can instantly create multiple phone numbers on your smartphone to connect with the world, all while keeping your personal contact details safe. On a single device you can now have a separate number for personal contacts, business contacts, classified ads, online dating, home businesses, a private line and so much more.

10 Great Reasons to Get a Second Number

1. Social Media. Don’t post your private mobile number online anywhere, especially on social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn that just about anyone can access.

2. Online Shopping. If you shop online a lot, then you know you have to provide a phone number for online orders.  Yup, and you wonder how that vacation company got your personal mobile number?

3. Networking. Use an alternate number for networking. That way the same number on your LinkedIn profile is same number you give out to people you just met at work events or networking socials.

4. Dating. If you’re on the dating scene, then you know how important it is to keep your personal number personal. Simply create a new number on your smartphone and give that out next someone asks for your number!  

5. Job Search. Want to be sure you don’t miss that call from a recruiter?  Create an exclusive number for your job search and just use it for that next career move.

6. Freelancing Business. Working with a new company or team for a short stint?  Want to keep your work calls and messages organized in one thread? Set up your number for your next freelance gig.

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7. Car Services and Taxis. Do you use Uber, car services and taxis a lot? Don’t share your private mobile number every day with random people you won’t ever see again. Set up a number for services and start using it today.

8. Professional Services. Are you a realtor or MLM marketer who has to list their phone number everywhere online and off? Don’t use your personal mobile number for the whole world to see – you’ll never get it back again!

9. Ordering Out. If you order out a lot, you’ll need to provide a phone number for takeout.  Don’t give them your private mobile. Give them your alternative number and keep your personal contact info out of the hands of strangers.

PrivacyLayerTBG10. Classified Ads. Selling your car on Cars.com or your couch on Craigslist? Create a separate number for prospective buyers. That way you know what they’re calling about and, better yet, random people trolling the Internet don’t have your personal contact information.

Try it for yourself. Download Shuffle at the iTunes app store, and let us know how you use it!

5 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Privacy [INFOGRAPHIC]

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5 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Privacy
by Gavin Macomber
May 11, 2016

We live in a world today where identity fraud is rampant, data breaches are the norm and your privacy can be compromised in so many ways, including one that’s perhaps less obvious to most people – your mobile phone.

With over 200 million smartphone users in North America alone, mobile privacy issues are making the news headlines more and more frequently these days as there is so much of your identity linked to your personal mobile number – not just your social security number.

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While many people claim to be mobile privacy savvy, according to a recent study from cybersecurity firm Lookout, nearly 60% of smartphone users are not. Clearly, there is a disconnect between people’s awareness of what it means to be privacy conscious and the actions they take in the real world.

The good news is there are a number of precautions you can begin taking right away to prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands:

  1. Don’t give “carte blanche” access. Start password-protecting your mobile device, stop giving “carte blanche” access to all mobile apps and use plenty of discretion when downloading new apps. Unwittingly revealing your personal contact information is one of the most risky mobile privacy behaviors. Time to stop it.
  1. Use “location sharing” sparingly. If you don’t want to broadcast your location to the whole world (and hackers), turn Location Services off. In fact, you can tailor this functionality to specific apps on both Android and iOS. Besides, you’re just advertising to international thieves that you are not at home.
  1. Turn on your “Find your Phone” feature. Both iOS and Android have “find my phone” features that enable you to not only locate your smartphone in the event you misplace it, but also to remotely lock your phone or even erase all your data (and personal information) if it’s been stolen.
  1. Get a 2nd number for your smartphone. Safeguard your personal mobile number itself from falling into the wrong hands and being used for identity theft and other crimes. Simply download an app like Shuffle to setup a 2nd number on your smartphone.
  1. Start keeping your personal number private. Once you have alternative numbers setup on your smartphone for personal or business use, stop giving out your personal mobile number to random businesses, online shopping sites or people you just met. Don’t post your private mobile number online anywhere, especially on social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn that just about anyone can access.

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Gavin Macomber, Mobile Expert & Advisor to Shuffle Ventures, has more than 20 years of product marketing, management and strategy experience building innovative, consumer-focused, mobile products and services for early-stage and mid-size companies. He currently works as an advisor and consultant. Previously, Gavin was VP, Mobile Strategy and Next Generation Products at Vonage, where he was responsible for the launch of Vonage Mobile, the company’s flagship mobile product which achieved in excess of 3 million downloads in its first year.

 

Shuffle Celebrates First Year with Users in 35 Countries and 70 Percent Month-over-Month Organic Growth

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Mobile Privacy Beginning to Resonate with Over 450 Million Smartphone Users in North America and Western Europe

CALGARY, Alberta – May 2, 2016Shuffle Ventures, the developer of smart mobile communications apps that enable individuals to connect with the world while protecting their personal privacy, is marking its one-year anniversary with 70% percent month-over-month organic growth across 35 countries. Launched in the U.S. and Canadian App Stores in May 2015, Shuffle adds a much-needed layer of privacy to smartphones, enabling mobile users to create multiple phone numbers and email aliases to eliminate the need to share private contact details online.

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“When we launched Shuffle a year ago, we knew privacy would be an important differentiator, but now it’s more relevant than ever, with hundreds of millions of mobile users now reliant on what has become their only phone number,” said Craig Collet, Founder and CEO of Shuffle Ventures. “Our overt approach and deep focus on mobile privacy have contributed to the exciting recent growth we’ve seen, and we’re just getting started. Soon we’ll be unveiling a proprietary feature set that empowers users to manage both incoming and outgoing calls with increased control and privacy, an industry-first.”

Consumers and business users alike are increasingly embracing ‘smart’ mobile communication solutions to enhance productivity and inject some much needed organization and privacy into their super-connected lives. Instead of posting their private mobile numbers to the web or sharing them publicly with everyone, Shuffle users can instantly set up virtual phone numbers that work with any iOS mobile device for private and secure calls and messaging. Shuffle provides “A Number For Every Occasion™”, and in the not-so-distant future, it’s anticipated that many smartphone users will have at least one alternative mobile number with which to connect.

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With Shuffle, a single device can now have a separate number for personal contacts, business contacts, classified ads, online dating, a home business, a private line and so much more. Shuffle is the ‘smart’, easy and affordable way to inject much needed organization, simplicity and privacy into day-to-day communications.

Shuffle provides local phone numbers, high-quality LTE and Wi-Fi calling, voicemail, SMS, picture messaging and email all in one service, making it a complete communications solution. With plans starting at just $1.99/month, the company provides flexible, affordable, transparent pricing that gives users 100% visibility into where their money is going. And customers can save even more money, since all texts and picture messaging with other Shuffle users are free.

To get started, download Shuffle for iOS from the App Store or visit http://www.getshuffle.com/

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About Shuffle Ventures

Shuffle Ventures develops smart mobile communications apps that push the boundaries of mobile communication so individuals can connect with the world while protecting their personal privacy. The company’s first app, Shuffle, launched in the U.S. and Canadian App Store in mid-2015 and now has users in over 35 countries. Adding a much-needed layer of privacy on your smartphone, Shuffle enables you to create multiple phone numbers and email aliases so you don’t need to share your private contact details online or with people you just met.

The Shuffle app for iOS is available for download from the App Store, with an Android version coming soon. Shuffle is available for download all over the world, with options currently available for U.S. and Canadian phone numbers. For more information, visit: http://www.getshuffle.com/ or go to: Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Experienced Mobile Exec Joins Shuffle Ventures as Key Advisory Board Member

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Former VP Mobile at Vonage, Gavin Macomber Joins Calgary-based Shuffle Ventures to Optimize Product, Marketing and Business Strategy

GavinMacomberCALGARY, Alberta – March 22, 2016Shuffle Ventures, the developer of smart mobile communications apps that enable individuals to connect with the world while protecting their personal privacy, announced that Gavin Macomber, former VP of Mobile Strategy at Vonage, has joined the company as a key advisory board member.

“We are very pleased to have Gavin Macomber join the Shuffle team,” said Craig Collet, Founder & CEO of Shuffle Ventures. “Gavin brings a wealth of experience in the mobile communications space and has proven success launching and growing mobile app companies – from startup to billion dollar brands.”

Gavin has more than 20 years of product marketing, management and strategy experience building innovative, consumer-focused, mobile products and services for early-stage and mid-size companies. He currently works as an advisor and consultant on enhancing mobile and Web product marketing strategies, including product roadmaps, business development, strategic partnerships, channel development, digital strategy and acquisition, customer insights and experience, content marketing as well as social media.

Prior to consulting, Gavin was VP, Mobile Strategy and Next Generation Products at Vonage, where he was responsible for the launch of Vonage Mobile, the company’s flagship mobile product which achieved in excess of 3 million downloads in its first 12 months in market. Prior to Vonage, Gavin was Co-Founder and EVP, Marketing and Business Development at MobileSphere, a Boston-based mobile and e-commerce company he helped grow to $10 million in annual revenue. During his career, Gavin has conceived and built several successful direct-to-consumer businesses, disrupting markets and acquiring hundreds of thousands of revenue generating customers.

PrivacyLayerTBG“Shuffle Ventures is at the forefront of the emerging mobile privacy era, and I’m excited to help grow the brand and introduce Shuffle to millions of smartphone users in North America and beyond,” said Gavin Macomber. “While many of us rely on separate emails to keep our work, personal and social lives separate, we only have one mobile phone number. Shuffle is developing innovative solutions that enable you keep your mobile number personal, private and protected.”

To get started, download Shuffle for iOS from the App Store or visit http://www.getshuffle.com/.

About Shuffle Ventures

Shuffle Ventures develops smart mobile communications apps that push the boundaries of mobile communication so individuals can connect with the world while protecting their personal privacy. The company’s first app, Shuffle, launched in the U.S. and Canadian App Store in mid-2015 and now has users in over 35 countries. Adding a much needed layer of privacy on your smartphone, Shuffle enables you to create multiple phone numbers and email aliases so you don’t need to share your private contact details online or with people you just met.

The Shuffle app for iOS is available for download from the Apple Store, with an Android version coming soon. Shuffle is available for download all over the world, with options currently available for U.S. and Canadian phone numbers.

For more information, visit: http://www.getshuffle.com/ or go to: Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Top 5 Country Downloads Using Shuffle “Burner” Phone Numbers

Here’s the top 5 countries downloading Shuffle “burner” phone numbers to connect with contacts in north America.

  1. Unites States
  2. Japan
  3. Taiwan
  4. Canada
  5. United Kingdom

Need US or Canadian phone numbers? Meet Shuffle. One app, one device – unlimited possibilities. With Shuffle you can create disposable phone numbers and email aliases so you don’t need to share your private contact details with strangers.

Each Shuffle number comes with voice calls, sms/picture messaging and a unique voice mailbox.

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Celebrating downloads in 35+ countries

Calgary, Canada – January 5, 2016
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Need More Phone Numbers? There’s An App for That!

Vancouver-based Shuffle app celebrates launch with downloads in over 35 countries, lets users create a phone number for every occasion.

Phone and email communication is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to Shuffle, the new mobile app dedicated to helping users take control of their communication. Shuffle lets users create unlimited phone numbers and email aliases, and control them all through one streamlined, easy-to-use app. The result: a smart, easy, affordable way to inject some organization, simplicity and security into your communication.

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With Shuffle, you can create a dedicated phone number and email alias for every unique purpose. Have one phone number that you give to friends, another that you give to clients, another that you give to dates, plus add and remove numbers and emails for more limited purposes as needed. Selling your couch on Craigslist? Create a temporary Shuffle phone number where the buyer can reach you, and keep your personal contact information protected.

Shuffle offers all of the features that today’s phone users expect from their mobile phone service, including voicemail, SMS & photo messaging capabilities. The app also features unique color-coded icons that make it easy to keep track of different phone numbers and email aliases.

While there are other “burner apps” available today, none of them is a match for Shuffle when it comes to diversity and functionality of features. Also setting Shuffle apart is the app’s pricing. Shuffle eschews the plan structure followed by most phone providers today, giving users the freedom to add and subtract numbers as needed. Shuffle also says no to the credit structure favored by many online phone companies, which can often conceal the actual cost to customers.

The idea for Shuffle was born after founder Craig Collett looked himself up on Google, and was astonished by how easy it was to find his personal contact information online. Then, Craig was watching an episode of Shark Tank where a founder was pitching an app that allowed users to block unwanted calls. Craig started to wonder whether there was a way to build an app that would allow users to block unwanted calls and protect their identity, while helping them take control of their communication in other ways, too.

“We wear so many different hats throughout the day,” Collett says of the inspiration behind Shuffle. “Why not have a separate number and a separate email alias for each one?”

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Collett started Shuffle in 2013 while working full-time. In 2014, he quit his job to focus on building Shuffle full-time.

The Shuffle app for iOS is live and available for download from the Apple Store, with an Android version in the works. Shuffle is available for download all over the world, while phone number options are currently limited to US and Canadian phone numbers.

For more information about this story, contact the Shuffle Team at pr@getshuffle.com

 

 

New Features Released On Shuffle!

Calgary, Canada – October 8, 2015
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Shuffle, The Popular Disposable Phone Number App, Announces Brand New Features

In response to requests from their already robust community, the disposable phone number and email address app, Shuffle, has shipped a series of new features to help make the disposable phone numbers as useful as possible.

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Smartphones have consolidated our tech, but they haven’t consolidated our contacts. These days, it’s common to use one’s personal phone for everything from calls to texts to emails with family, friends, and work. That makes things confusing, as people are dealing with everything all from one device. Shuffle is a disposable phone number service that helps people organize their lives into discrete phone numbers.

Each phone number is accessible on the user’s phone and switching between them just takes one tap. They come with US or Canadian area codes and include voice calls, text and picture messaging, and a voice mailbox. Phone numbers are also deletable, so if they stop being useful or are compromised by telemarketers or spammers, users can simply throw them away. They also are the only disposable phone number service that also offers an email-forwarding alias.

Shuffle has already built up a robust community of more than 7,000 users and their latest batch of updates aims to serve that community as well as bring on new users. The updates include picture messaging, the ability to forward calls directly to voicemail, unique icons and color-codes for each number, and an iOS9-ready version.

All of these services come at a transparent, fixed price point, making Shuffle the affordable way to manage multiple numbers and email addresses.

“Shuffle offers users a flexible, smart communication solution at extremely low rates,” Shuffle founder Craig Collett said. “We address the need for personal privacy where individuals take on different identities in today’s complex and interconnected social and business lifestyle.”

Today’s professionals struggle to balance personal, professional, and transactional contacts. Shuffle makes that task easier and smoother, while protecting the personal information of every user. Utility, ease, and privacy — that’s Shuffle.

About Shuffle

Shuffle enables users to create disposable phone numbers and email aliases so they don’t have to share private contact details with strangers. Each Shuffle number comes with voice calls, text/picture messaging and a unique voice mailbox. New features include picture messaging, forwarding to voicemail, unique icons and color codes for each number, and an iOS9-ready version.

 

Killer Startups: Take Full Control Over Your Phone Numbers, With Shuffle

Posted by Emma McGowan on Oct 8, 2015

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Remember back in the day when you had a home phone and a work phone? Maybe, if you were lucky, there were multiple lines in your home, but it’s more likely that the entire family plus the internet all shared one line. These days, the phone situation looks a lot different, right? Everyone has their own phone and they do everything on that one phone, from work calls to personal calls to accessing their email. But what if you don’t want every person from every aspect of your life to know your phone number? Do you have to a buy a whole new phone with a whole new phone plan?

Nope — you can get Shuffle. Shuffle is “a number for every occasion.” It lets you create disposable phone numbers and email aliases, so that you don’t have to share all of your personal deets with people that you’d really rather didn’t have that info. The numbers have US or Canadian area codes and come with voice calls, text and picture messaging, and a voice mailbox. Shuffle is also the only disposable phone number service that offers an email-forwarding alias along with their numbers, which is pretty awesome.

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The best part? Every number is accessible on the phone that you already have, so there’s no need to buy new hardware. You can shuffle between numbers with just a tap, keeping your personal life separate from your work life – and ensure that the buyer for your car who found you on Craigslist doesn’t have your actual number. You can also delete numbers if you don’t want to communicate with the people who have them anymore or if they’ve been compromised by telemarketers or spammers.

Shuffle reserves each number for a month, at which point it will auto renew, or you can cancel it. Either way, the service won’t set you back much, as Shuffle is committed to transparent and affordable pricing. They don’t do the whole credit model that most phone services use because, think about it: Do you really know what each call and text is costing you? Instead, they deduct service fees from your account balance for every number, voice call, text message, and email forwarding transaction. That means you only get charged for the things that you actually do, with a small markup for their fee. Sometimes they don’t even mark it up at all but simply cover their own cost.

Want a little more detail? Each number costs only $1.99 per month, calls in cost $0.01 per minute, calls out come in at $0.03 per minute. It gets even cheaper if you make Shuffle-to-Shuffle calls, which cost only $0.0025 per minute. If you want to know the costs of their other services, including texts, picture messaging, and email aliases, you can find out more here.

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“Shuffle offers users a flexible, smart communication solution at extremely low rates,” founder Craig Collett told KillerStartups. “We address the need for personal privacy where individuals take on different identities in today’s complex and interconnected social and business lifestyle.”

Ready to give the separate parts of your life their own phone numbers? Tired of paying inflated fees for calls? Get Shuffle!