Sponsored App Review: CallMask

CallMask is an Android app with a focus on providing users with temporary numbers, for use when anonymity is a crucial component as part of communication. Whether you might be selling some of your old stuff online, dating, talking to people on social media or simply don't want to give your real number out to people you just met, CallMask can allow you a temporary means of communicating with anyone you feel the need to mask your real number from. If privacy is important to you then CallMask just might be what you need.

If you find CallMask to be an app that is the perfect solution, before you can begin to use it you'll want to jump over to the Play Store and and download CallMask onto your device.

When you first open up the app, you'll be asked to enter your phone number, and after entering you'll be sent a message to that number to confirm that it's you trying to set up the application. Following this step you'll be given a temporary number which you can then use to privately and anonymously communicate with anyone who you aren't ready or willing to give your real number to.

The temporary number you're given is for a trial period that is good for 7 days from the time that you set it up. It also gives you a certain amount of minutes and text messages with which to use for those masked calls or texts, so you don't have complete unlimited access during the trial period and will want to be aware of that.

It's worth noting that your masks only last for the designated amount of time associated with it, (i.e. the trial period of 7 days) or until you use up the associated amount of minutes or messages, which ever comes first. Should you run out of either time, voice minutes, or messages for you can extend your mask by extending it with multiple options. Masks cost credits, with the small and medium masks costing 3 and 5, while the large and long masks both cost 8 credits. Mask extensions can be paid for credit card information or even bitcoin if you prefer.

If you have no credits to buy masks, you can buy credits as an in-app purchase for varied amounts, starting with 3 credits for $2, 8 credits for $5, 15 credits for $8, 25 credits for $12, and finally 50 credits for  $20.

With CallMask you can make outgoing calls and texts and receive incoming calls and texts, reveal the real caller-id of blocked or private numbers, and it even supports voicemail and picture messaging as well as incoming faxes.

After using CallMask for a couple of days I found that it works exactly as advertised. The trial period is long enough to get people acquainted with the system and how to use things, and should I have decided I wanted to extend my mask and keep the temporary number doing so was made easy enough with a range of different options based on my needs. Personally, I have no use for a temporary number but if you do(like when selling stuff online for example and you don't want interested buyers having your real contact information)then CallMask should serve its purpose just fine. I found the UI to be pleasing as well, as it follow the new design guidelines that Google set forth with Material Design.

Ratings

  • Speed (5/5) - The app is fluid, and that's no surprise given the UI is minimal and there isn't a lot to load up.
  • Features (4.5/5) - CallMask offers enough for anyone that is looking for communication privacy and anonymity.
  • Theme (5/5) - The theme and UI style follow Material Design, which is great, and it looks good wit literally no clutter or elements feeling out of place.
  • Overall (4.5/5) - If you need number privacy then CallMask is more or less a perfect solution for you. It offers numbers from most US cities and makes things pretty easy.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Material Design style UI.
  • Local temporary numbers from most US cities.
  • free trial period.

Cons

  • Setup process wouldn't work at first, some others may have this same issue.
  • Mask options and credit amounts may be too little and cost too much for some

When you get down to it, CallMask provides exactly what it set out to, which is giving users who wish to have it, complete and total privacy for communicating. Once things were setup, the app was easy to use and the up to date UI was a nice touch. If you value your privacy and prefer to stay anonymous for certain times, CallMask has what you need.

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Justin Diaz

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.
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