SMS Stories August 12, 2015

Hushed Private Phone Number Lifetime Subscription: $49 (Orig. $300)

Tired of dealing with unwanted calls? Hushed is a service that provides you with a disposable phone number so you can avoid unwanted connections. 9to5Toys Specials has lifetime subscriptions for $49.

“A viable, more lightweight alternative to something like Google Voice.” TechCrunch

Hushed covers hundreds of area codes across North America, and once you’ve created your number, it is fully operational for talking and texting. Instead of filling in your own number on forms, you can then use your Hushed number, meaning that you can still receive helpful customer service without being subjected to sales harassment. The Hushed app (iOS and Android) lets you destroy your secondary number at any time, and set up call forwarding and voicemail. This plan includes 1100 SMS messages or 500 phone minutes per year, and the app can utilize Wi-Fi when making calls to cut down on service charges.

  • Get a total of 1100 SMS or 500 phone minutes per year (North America 365 Plan)
  • Make calls and send texts from a private phone number without monthly fees
  • Choose from hundreds of area codes across the US and Canada
  • Manage your communication from a single app
  • Customize your voicemail
  • Set up call forwarding
  • Utilize Wi-Fi or data while you chat so you don’t incur service charges

The deal gives you one lifetime number at 83% off the standard price.

SMS Stories August 6, 2014

Update: Just as a quick clarification, Notifyr is only free on every second day starting on August 6th.

We recently spotted a new app called Notifyr on the App Store, and today the developers have kicked off a sale offering the notification app for free. Every second day for the next 7 days Notifyr will be available for free of charge, down from the usual $3.99.

Notifyr is a two pronged notification service, providing the above iOS app and a free Mac companion app. Using a standard Bluetooth connection, your iOS notifications will appear on your Mac as if they were any other Mac Notification Center alert. These aren’t just Apple notifications either, “you can read your incoming WhatsApp messages, see who’s following you on Instagram or read any of the other kind of notifications from any app on your iPhone. It’s also possible to mute notifications from any app you like.”

We recently put the two apps to work in our hands on test of the system and found that everything from phone calls and Facebook Messages to iMessages and SMS messages worked seamlessly. For more details on the apps and limitations on devices head over to our full rundown.

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