TheNextWeb: Shuffle Lets You Protect Your Phone Number And Email With Disposable Aliases

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AMBER LEIGH TURNER  Tweet — 19 May ’15, 06:35pm

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Ever wanted to have a temporary number or email address for when you are dating, selling something online, or for any other purpose? Something that would allow you to keep your personal number or email private?

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With our lives increasingly entrenched in the Web, and a lot of business being conducted solely on the Web, we tend to want to keep our personal information more private, but doing that when everything requires a phone number or email address is difficult.

Shuffle aims to protect your sensitive phone number and email address(es) by giving you disposable numbers and emails you can use any time you want to protect your personal contact info.

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Shuffle’s competitor, Burner, has been used and loved by many, but doesn’t have support for email addresses like Shuffle does.

This free-to-download but pay-per-use app is clever and definitely solves a problem that some of us who live on the Web tend to suffer from time to time.

There are some great uses for Shuffle, such as using a disposable phone number for dating (you know, in case it doesn’t work out), having a dedicated email address to something you may be selling on Craigslist (so you can ditch it when you’ve sold your item), a phone number you may want to use for business, or even an email address you can use to sign up for things online so that spam doesn’t crowd your personal inbox.

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It’s also great to keep your life separate and organized with separate phone numbers and email addresses for different parts of your life (work, play, family, activities, etc.)

The pricing is pretty straightforward: $1.99 a month per phone number (with auto-renew option). For incoming calls it will cost 1.5 cents per minute; calls you make are 5 cents per minute. Every text message is 1.5 cents. Email addresses will cost you 0.75 cents for every email it forwards.

Shuffle-to-Shuffle activity has lower rates: calls to and from other Shuffle numbers are 1 cent per minute and you can text and receive texts from other Shuffle numbers for free.

The app is only currently available on iOS, with an Android app coming out soon. Available for US and Canada currently.

TechCrunch: Shuffle’s New iPhone App Lets You Create Disposable Phone Numbers… And Emails, Too!

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Posted May 15, 2015 by Sarah Perez 

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A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. The app is a competitor to longtime favorite Burner, which has, for some time, offered similar functionality. But Shuffle takes things a step further, by also allowing you to create email aliases that forward mail to your main inbox.

It’s not unusual for people today to only have one phone: a mobile phone that often functions as their work, home phone and mobile number. But sharing that personal phone number with everyone ranging from work colleagues to some random guy looking to buy the sofa you’re selling on Craigslist doesn’t always make sense. That’s where apps like Burner have historically been able to help.

Instead of posting your private cell number to the web, or sharing it with others you’ve only just met, for example, Burner lets you set up virtual phone numbers that work with your mobile device so you can still call and text without giving up your privacy.

With Shuffle, however, founder Craig Collett wanted to introduce a tool to further protect users’ privacy by adding in support for email.

“Individuals have the need to protect their personal privacy and keep different business and social aspects of their life separated,” he explains.

For example, a user could set up different “shuffle” numbers and emails for their personal and social connections, work colleagues, other secondary businesses, dating services, classified ad postings, job searches, social networking sites, short-term projects, and more.

If a phone number became compromised by spammers or telemarketers, you can just delete it and no one can reach you on that number again.

In addition to protecting your privacy, services like this also make sense for travelers who want to be able to establish a local phone number when they’re visiting family, friends or others out-of-state.

The app itself is easy enough to use, though it does feel a little rougher around the edges than competitor Burner in terms of its sign-up flow and overall design aesthetic. However, the user interface is in other ways an improvement, as it allows you to color-code your disposable numbers which can help you quickly find them in a longer list with just a glance.

But one of the bigger advantages to Shuffle over Burner is its support for email aliases, which are also often required when posting to sites like Craigslist, for example. With Shuffle, you now have the ability to create a more complete separate identity with its own number, voicemail greeting, and email address. (You can even use text-to-speech to create your voicemail greeting which is a handy feature.)

The app also introduces a different pricing model that’s a bit more transparent. In Burner, you buy extra phone numbers using credits, which you have to purchase in packs of three and up. Not everyone likes this model because you’re often stuck with leftover credits. Shuffle instead charges fixed fees.

A single number is $1.99 per month and you can configure it to auto-renew. It then charges per transactions: calls in from regular numbers are 1.5 cents per minute; calls out are 5 cents per minute; texts are 1.5 cents; shuffle-to-shuffle calls are 1 cent per minute; and shuffle-to-shuffle texts are free. Each email alias also charges .75 cents per forwarded message. (Picture messaging is coming in a future update, pricing TBD).

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Assuming you use Shuffle heavily, these small fees could add up over time into several extra dollars, but if you’re only planning to use it for temporary things like an online ad, it wouldn’t break the bank.

Like others in this same space, Shuffle is also built on top of cloud communications provider Twilio’s platform.

Collett, previously a business analyst in Alberta, first began building Shuffle (then called Privici) back in 2013 in his free time. But as of December, he quit his job to work on bootstrapped Shuffle full-time.

The app itself is now a free download on iTunes. An Android version is in the works.

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Shuffle for iOS goes live!

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Calgary, Canada – May 5, 2015
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Shuffle – A Number For Every Occasion™, is live on the US and Canadian App StoPrivacyLayerTBGre!

Shuffle enables you to create multiple phone numbers and email aliases on your mobile device so you don’t need to share your private contact details with strangers. Each Shuffle number comes with high-quality LTE and Wi-Fi voice calling, text/picture messaging and a unique voice mailbox.

Use Shuffle contact points for Business or Private Lines, Online Dating, Classified Ads and so much more.

MORE ABOUT SHUFFLE

Instead of posting your private cell number to the web, or sharing it with others you’ve only just met, for example, Shuffle lets you set up virtual phone numbers that work with your mobile device so you can still call and message without giving up your privacy.

With a simple tap you can now “shuffle” between your numbers and keep communication separated for your personal, business & social needs.

Shuffle also offers email aliases so you have the ability to create a more complete separate identity with its own number, voice mailbox, and email alias.

FUNCTIONALITY OVERVIEW

Use Shuffle like a regular phone to connect with other mobile users and fixed lines, or with other Shuffle users. Calls, messages and voicemails are grouped by Shuffle number to keep your communications separated and organized. You can even pick a unique color and icon to represent each Shuffle contact point to better differentiate between them.

Shuffle Numbers

Create multiple Shuffle numbers to manage various social or business needs and situations without having to expose your real number. Once you’re done using a Shuffle number, simply delete it and you can’t be reached on it again.

Your Shuffle number is reserved for a month and will either auto-renew or expire depending on you preference settings. Each Shuffle number comes with its own voice mailbox and personalized voicemail message using voice recording or text to speech functionality.

Voice Calls

You can receive and manage voice calls within the app. Calls are charged directly from your Shuffle account balance and not your network provider minutes.

Don’t want to receive calls on a Shuffle number? Simply tap “Forward2Voicemail” to direct your calls to your voicemail, silently.

SMS & Picture Messages

It’s easy to search your message history to pick up a previous conversation, or find old messages. Messages are charged against your Shuffle account balance, not your network provider text bundle, but all your Shuffle-to-Shuffle texts are always free.

Shuffle Email Aliases

A Shuffle Email Alias forwards messages to your regular email address so you don’t need to expose your actual email to possible email scraping when posting online, e.g.: UJ7X@shuffle.email, forwards messages to your regular inbox.

TRANSPARENT PRICING

Shuffle’s pricing model is completely transparent and very affordable. We don’t believe in the “credit” model that disguises actual cost to users. Every Shuffle number, call, text message and email forward has a service cost to us. We simply pass along the cost with our markup added to it.