PrivacyFilter -- Please help me find a way to keep my personal phone number hidden from prying eyes.
I'm looking for the best way to give a phone number to people, without it being my personal mobile phone number. The only phone line that I have is the mobile, and I don't necessarily want to give that number out to just anyone. Having that buffer would make sense, whether it be for giving my number to strangers or for business contacts that I don't want to be able to reach me that way. I'm willing to pay for the ability to do this, but I'd like to keep cost to a minimum.
I had a couple of ideas on ways to accomplish this:
*Google Voice: From what I understand, Google Voice sets up a new "Google" number that rings all of your phones. Most people allow it to take over all of their lines, and use one number to ring all of their phones. Does it make sense to do the opposite: only give the GV number to strangers, and continue to regularly use your original number for other tasks?
Downside -- Is there a downside to that?
*Skype: Purchase a Skype number (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/features/allfeatures/online-number/).
Downside -- no Skype app for my smartphone, so I would need to leave my PC running.
*Prepaid phone: just have a cheap, pay as you go phone that I buy a card and load minutes on as needed.
Downside -- I'm on a CDMA network, so no prepaid SIMs for me. I would need to get a cheap phone.
I saw another thread that asked a similar question
, but it mostly suggested GrandCentral (now part of Google Voice).