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One of the first companies we reviewed on CN was rminder, a service that helps you not to forget important dates by sending you text messages or voice calls for each reminder. I spoke with the founders today who told me that the service is seeing massive growth over the past few months.
The team is back with a new product called Safercalls. Safercalls is a temporary phone number that allows you block private/unwanted callers, mask the caller’s callerid and forward calls to any number. It’s a way to protect your phone number without being afraid to share your number publicly. The idea of offering a number that I can turn off as I desire is appealing.
As I began to take a look at Safercalls, I wondered what the differences are to Google’s GrandCentral service. In a discussion with the founders, they explained the differences as:
- You don’t need a computer to control your Safercalls number, everything can be controlled using a phone menu system that we have setup
- We offer phone numbers all over the U.S., you can select an area code where you would like to have your Safercalls number from when signing up
- When you register a phone in the "outgoing" tab, you can call your Safercalls number and make outgoing calls with your safercalls number showing up on the person your calling’s phone.
- Safercalls allows you to specify a prefix that will show in front of all caller’s number when the call is forwarded to your phone
- One of the major features is the sliders we have for each day of the week that allows you specify the "time" you want calls to ring the forwarded number you have set.
The cost for the service is $19.95/month. It seems a bit high, $10 seems more reasonable. Here is the screen for setting incoming call parameters: