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Best Virtual Phone Number Apps for Account Verification

Best free and paid calling, texting, and temporary phone number apps that can receive verification codes and OTP for calling and account verification purposes. With these apps, you can quickly verify your online accounts like Google, Facebook, Tinder, and other accounts.

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Using your personal mobile phone number for temporary accounts that you are going to use for a limited time can be risky due to privacy concerns and then getting your personal number out in the public means you are going to get flooded with marketing calls and messages, which becomes annoying.

To help keep things private and to avoid annoyance, I have put together a list of the best virtual phone number apps (including free and paid options) that you can download and install to receive OTP or verification codes for account verification purposes whether you are looking for free US phone number or a temporary number for any other country.

You should be able to verify online accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Tinder, and tons of other online services. For me, the third app in the list i.e. Talkatone usually works well for most of the services since they provide a burner phone number for free as well as gives me the option to choose my own phone number too.

Without any further ado, the best virtual phone number apps for account verification are reviewed below:

Keep in Mind

I have manually tried each app to see if they are working fine, and at the time of writing, all the apps featured in the list were working perfectly fine but it’s possible that some might not be available or work when you try.

#1. Hushed Second Phone Number

hushed virtual phone number

Hushed is a paid service that provides you with disposable phone numbers from more than forty countries including the US, UK, and Canada. This way you can keep your real number hidden from your acquaintances. A temporary number, if you go out to purchase from them, will cost you as low as $1.99.

However, as a new user, they will give you a free of cost number along with 20 free texts or 20 free minutes that will be valid for a trial period of 3 days, which is enough to test out their service. If it worked, then you can easily go ahead and pay them to keep that number for as long as you want.

What I like:
  • One free phone number for 3 days, upon registration.
  • Choose your choice of a phone number that can be purchased for as low as $1.99.
  • Variety of paid plans to choose from, including 7-day, 30-day, 90-day, and 365-day.
What I don’t like:
  • A free phone number cannot be used for account verification.
  • Using the free phone number, you cannot receive a call or message unless you have called or messaged that number first.
  • You must need to purchase a number first to verify accounts via call or text.

#2. Burner – Private Phone Line

burner for android

The Burner is a paid service that gives you a private Burner phone number so that you can keep it separate from your real number and can easily use it for web-based forms, buying and selling things on the Internet, and you can even share it with your temporary contacts.

On signup, the company will give you a free sample Burner phone number that comes with 20 free minutes and 40 free texts, and this sample number will be valid for 7 days. If you liked their service then you can easily opt to purchase an extension pack/Burner that suits your need, right from the in-app purchases.

What I like:

  • One free sample phone number valid for 7 days upon registration.
  • Maintain multiple Burner phone numbers for different account verifications.
  • Variety of credit packs, starting from as low as $1.99 for 3 credits.
  • Burner numbers can be used to verify social media accounts/dating accounts.

What I don’t like:

  • Require a USA, Australia, or Canada number for signup.
  • The app will force you to leave a review.

#3. Talkatone

talkatone virtual phone number

Talkatone is one of those services that give you a free US phone number of your choice that will be valid for as long as you continue using it. And you can use this number to make and receive free calls and messages to US phone numbers as well as for account verification purposes.

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The best thing about Talkatone is that in case you don’t have an existing phone number then you can use your email address to create an account and receive your free phone number.

What I like:

  • Purchase credits via in-app purchases for outbound calls and messages.
  • Ability to create and verify the Talkatone account via email address.
  • Get a free US phone number upon verified registration.

What I don’t like:

  • You need to make one call or send one message once every 30 days to keep your account and phone number active and valid.

#4. Nextplus

nextplus for account verification

Ever wanted to have a free phone number that not only helps you with your account verifications but can also keep you connected with your friends or family members without any cost, no matter where they are in the world. The app makes use of advertisements, the revenue of which is then used to cover the calling and messaging costs.

All you have to do is register your account, and then claim your free US phone number by selecting the state and area code from the provided list. And the app will assign you a new number within a matter of seconds. The number remains valid as long as you continue to use it.

For those of you who don’t know, Nextplus is an improved version of textPlus. So if you are a textPlus user or want to try textPlus instead then you can download it below.

What I like:

  • Get a free US phone number after registration.
  • Ability to customize/change your number once (in case you are not satisfied with the assigned number).
  • Use the provided phone number for quick account verifications.
  • You can subscribe to a plan or Remove Banner Ads for a month or year via in-app purchases.

What I don’t like:

  • You cannot call or send text messages to International numbers.
  • The calls and messages are limited to the United States and Canada phone numbers. But you can watch video ads to call other numbers for free.
  • The app is banner ads supported.

#5. TextPlus: Free Text & Calls

textplus temporary phone line

This is one of the most-used apps for free calls and texting. This app gives you a free US phone number for few days so you can verify your accounts but recently some of our fellow friends reported that numbers provided by this app are now spammed by Google and some other companies and cannot be used for further verifications but still it can be helpful for other stuff.

  • Offers you a free US-based phone number.
  • The service cannot be used for Google account verifications.

FAQs

What is a virtual phone number?

A virtual mobile phone number is a number that does not have any directly connected phone line to it. In most cases, these numbers are configured to forward all the incoming calls and messages to any existing destination, which could be a mobile, VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), or any fixed telephone line.

What are the possible uses of a virtual phone number?

When you are running an e-commerce or offline business and want a medium to directly communicate with your customers, but don’t want to give your personal number, that’s when you need a virtual phone number as it provides privacy and more control over the number. Sometimes these numbers are used for account verification purposes too.

What are the benefits of VOIP number apps?

Apart from giving a dedicated local phone line for your personal/business usage, VOIP offers cheap international and local phone calls to almost every country. That’s why VOIP is the most preferred choice for online businesses.

Is it legal to use virtual phone number apps?

Yes, it’s legal in all countries to purchase and use a virtual phone number as long as there isn’t any illegal activity being carried out using that number.

Conclusion

Which of the mentioned apps were the easiest for you to get a virtual phone number? Did the provided apps help you with the online account you were trying to verify?

Let me know your views in the comments section below 🙂

  • Text Plus (4.99 US/mo) did not work for me. And, I got a message to choose a new number prior to the month I had paid for was ended. 0000000000really bad app.

  • I’ve had a Talkatone number for many months, if not years. I think it’s the best free wifi phone app out there, but it CANNOT be used to verify outside accounts.

    • Talkatone has worked very well however some accounts don’t allow verifications over VOIP numbers due to their policies.

  • Hamza, can you please update this article. An article that will tell us what apps work for phone verification for companies like Google, Venmo, Paypal, Craigslist? I only have a home phone number and THEY REFUSE to call verify to it on Venmo and Paypal. I can’t access my money and they are only responding with robots that keep sending directions on how to phone verify by text. I will pay for a phone app that will work. I don’t think I should be forced to buy a smartphone and pay $40/ month on something I will only use for this purpose

    • Companies like PayPal and Venmo take security very seriously. They keep updating their policies to make sure the verification code/call is being sent to a real number and not just some dummy or free virtual number.

      I will highly recommend you to opt for a paid number to get any online money payment/receiving account verified since they have multiple layers of security and if their system finds an issue then you will be locked out of your account until you provide proof of ownership.

      Moreover, there is no need to buy a separate smartphone. All you need is a SIM card with a basic prepaid plan. It shouldn’t cost you more than $15/month. And there is no contract so you can pause it anytime.

    • When writing this article, we tested each and every app and they worked fine. I am not sure why they are not working for you. Please share app that worked for you. Thanks

    • Hi @disqus_ZtZd98uRpx:disqus When writing this article, we tested each and every app and they worked fine. I am not sure why they are not working but you can try google voice for verifications and it works very well. Also you can use Skype voice.

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