Offering safety in numbers

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A clever new service from the UK, Safe Talk allocates temporary phone numbers to customers who'd rather not give out their real number to just anyone. How it works: X meets Y, and wants to exchange phone numbers before dashing off into the night. Not entirely comfortable with handing over his/her phone number to a stranger, X sends a text message to 80876. X immediately receives a temporary, anonymous phone number from Safe Talk, which expires after a week. All calls to this number are automatically diverted to X's real phone number. Cost of the procedure is GBP 1.50 for…

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