Create a One Time Disposable Link Of Your Phone Number, Let Anyone Call You Privately
By on December 16th, 2010

Imagine this – some online friend or client wants to call you over phone but you are not very comfortable sharing your phone number with strangers or online contacts. Skype is a neat option for web users but unfortunately, the person on the other side is not as tech savvy as you are – he repeatedly pings you to send him your phone number.

Babble.ly is a simple web service which allows users to share phone numbers privately with anyone.

Once you have created an account with Babble.ly, you can enter as many phone numbers as you want and generate a unique babble.ly URL for each phone number, as shown below:


When you enter your mobile number in the text box and hit the “Create Link” button, you will be asked to verify the number. The verification process is fairly simple – have your phone in hand, press the “Verify” button and enter the verification code when prompted.


Once the verification is complete, the service will generate a unique babble.ly URL of your phone number which you may share with anyone via email, IM, Facebook, Twitter and so on. When somebody visits your babble.ly URL, users will be asked to enter their own phone numbers and the service will call both the phones at the same time. When both the caller and the receiver are connected via the Babble.ly service – the call will be bridged together, allowing the caller and the receiver to talk up to a duration of 10 minutes.

The interesting   thing is that neither the caller or the receiver gets to know the other person’s phone number. When the call is finished, you can destroy your private babble.ly link and create a new one from your account preferences.

Unfortunately, I was unable to test the service on my mobile phone (might be because of country wide restrictions, I live in India). However, our Techie Buzz’s fellow writer Sathya Bhat (who lives in U.S) was able to verify his phone number with Babble.ly. After he verified his number, he was shown the following Babble.ly short link, with a QR code to the right.

(URL’s and numbers blurred for privacy)

Now all I needed was to enter my phone number in the text box and hit the “Call” button. Voila !

Techie Buzz Verdict

Sounds great, not a Google Voice alternative but might save the day when a novice client or user wants to call you over phone and you don’t want to share your phone number at all. On a personal ground – I could not verify my phone number, maybe because of country restrictions.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

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  • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

    Looks like a good service, specially when you want to share your numbers on the web. Thanks to Google, any numbers can quickly turn on the web and be searched by spammers.

    • http://www.ampercent.com Amit Banerjee

      Yes, the idea is very neat, the bridge calling – nobody knows each other’s number yet can talk up to 10 minutes. Fair enough for a free service

  • http://babble.ly Delbert Cope

    Thanks for taking a look at babble.ly! You’re right, for beta we are currently restricting calls to the U.S. and Canada. But we plan on expanding to other markets. Also the 10 minute limit is currently in place for beta, we plan on removing this restriction.

 
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