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).