For the unfamiliar, Ashley Madison is a dating site that enables couples in monogamous relationships to find partners for illicit affairs. That's the baseline we're starting from. The company's new app, however, takes this concept one step further by providing users with disposable phone numbers that can be used for calling and texting without your spouse finding out.

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The BlackBook app doesn't include access to the social network itself, so it's purely used for correspondence. The irony, of course, being that the very act of having an Ashley Madison-branded app on your phone is more suspicious to a scorned lover than any of the dozens of other disposable phone number services would be.

It should go without saying that having an affair with someone who is not your spouse without their knowledge or approval (far be it from me to judge what consenting adults do), is pretty scummy. Ashley Madison, as a concept, already walks the line between practicality (people are going to cheat, regardless of this site's existence), and just plain enabling behavior. Call me crazy, though, but I actually like this app. Having this thing sitting in your app drawer is just one more track to forget to cover. It's not a foolproof method of discovery, but if you find this app on a partner's phone, then it's pretty easy to know you need to have a conversation with your significant other. While you burn their clothes or write a best-selling country album or however you handle being cheated on.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • József Király

    The AM website in itself is walking on a thin border of morality. Quoting you, "people are going to cheat, regardless of this site's existence", based on this we can start a suicide-helping website too, because it will happen, regardless if the site exists or not. And I don't think that anybody would look at such a website thinking "oh it is so good we have such a site".

    I'm usually not against such things, but when I see that someone rips off people FOR causing damage to their "loved ones" (quoting, cause if you cheat, your love is questionable at least), I can't stand it without a word.

    • basedlord

      I have no opinion of this app, but comparing cheating to suicide is next to impossible.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Actually, I think the word you're looking for is "cuckolds." But the end result is bastards.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    The Ashley Madison Android app is one of the worst apps I've ever used. All the reviews in the Play Store agree with me.

  • navjot

    Haha the devs of this app seem to be using cyanogenmod.

  • Matthew Fry

    Wow. Faith in fidelity lost.

    • enomele

      Not mine.

  • QwietStorm

    I bet my father wishes this was available sooner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Do you pay for these disposible numbers? If not then can you imagine these used by prank callers? Or maybe even scammers?

  • FrillArtist

    Gotta love judgmental pricks. Do you and let others do them.

    • mldi

      You can't be serious!?

      Yeah, sorry that I don't approve of you going behind the back of someone you pledged your life to. I guess that makes me judgemental to think of the person you're cheating on, huh?

      Listen, you can f*ck whoever the hell you want in any manner you want as long as both parties agree and the person you're legally bound to also knows and agrees. Otherwise, YOU are the prick.

  • Aunt Lolli

    Ashley Madison site is for people with very low self esteem. People who use the site have no respect for themselves or there spouse. If one cheats on you u yourself at one time or another will be cheated on or lose everything.