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Jan
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Are you a tech-savvy hitman? A politician with state secrets to divulge (on a budget)? Or just looking to ask Pawn Stars if they have Battletoads one more time now that they've blacklisted your number? Well, good news - Hushed just launched for Android, and it allows you to buy disposable, anonymous phone numbers right from your smartphone.

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There are limitations, though. You're charged to buy a phone number ($1.99 for the US, $1.99 and up for everywhere else), and once you go past a certain number of included minutes / texts in each account tier, you either have to pay again, or if you choose a pay as you go account, refill your balance. The $1.99 US number plan, for example, includes 20 minutes of talk or 60 text messages. I'm not sure if you're allowed to pick, or if that's just the amount of credit associated with performing those actions that many times. Alternatively, for $7 (or more) you can buy a pay as you go account with $5 of included credit. The pricing for usage, so far as I can tell, is not divulged until you actually start using the service. Which seems kind of shady to me.

Presumably, you're billed by the minute / SMS, and charged more for international calling (SMS is only supported in the US, UK, and Canada).

The service includes voicemail, and numbers last for 30 or 90 days, though lines can be extended at any time of your choosing. Numbers can also be "destroyed" (disassociated from your account) at any time, and you can have as many numbers as you like on your account.

Of note is also the fact that the service does not utilize a Google Voice-like call forwarding system, so you can make calls from any data-enabled device (eg, a tablet, if you so choose), not just phones. The full list of countries with numbers available for purchase can be found on the Play Store listing, below.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Anyone else think the icon on the buy screen looks like Dropbox or is it just me?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It is exactly Dropbox.

    • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

      That is the first thing I thought when I saw the screenshot. Exactly dropbox.

  • DCMAKER

    why not use freecall? Free call gives you a new phone number very time when you call from the computer. you could even set up a virtual tor network so they can't even find your IP so it is 100% untraceable. Plus you can use prepaid cards from what i remember

    • squash

      Some people may want the same anonymous number multiple times.

      • DCMAKER

        true

  • Jared Busch

    Good thing almost all AOSP custom ROMs allow for Caller ID number changing. And it's free. Also, i believe there are quite a few apps that do this for free...unless there is something that this app does differently.

  • Sorian

    Google Voice still works....

  • Justin S

    The main purpose of the app is to let users buy their own number and send and receive calls. If your looking to make free calls this would not be the app.

  • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

    It asks users to accept their TOS but there is no document to read them!

  • Krystal

    Works great! Get $1 additional free credit by entering the promo code: 012QHZ7ZT The best app I have found of its kind and I have used and paid for several.

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