Use a Temp Phone Number for Your Sublease
If you need to sublease your apartment, condo, or house, using a temp phone number is the easiest way to streamline the inquiries, prevent your phone from blowing up, and instantly make all…
September 6, 2023
I recently celebrated a birthday, and while I didn’t have a surprise party (I flat-out refused), I did have a bunch of family members and friends working together on a very special surprise gift.
We’re a family of four, and our phones are always nearby. So whenever there was a message about my surprise gift in a group chat, I would hear three separate pings as each family member got the notification. Oops!
Naturally, I wondered why the heck all three of them were getting messages from a thread that clearly wasn’t our regular family thread. I looked away as soon as I realized they were trying to keep a secret about surprise birthday party plans and gifts, but it made me laugh to see how difficult it was for them to keep a secret from me.
If you’re planning a surprise party for someone living in your house, or someone you just spend a lot of time with, they probably see your phone lying around and occasionally look at the previews of messages that pop in, right?
You can’t plan a surprise party for someone if you’re paranoid about leaving your phone unlocked in case they catch a glimpse of one of the messages. (And they might think you’re up to something *no good* if you start acting suspicious and refusing to let them see your phone.)
Instead of relying on your regular phone number or messaging apps, why not get a brand-new app (Hushed) and set up a temporary phone number that you’ll only use for planning the surprise party?
You can sneakily reach out to everyone via phone or text and prevent the party ‘recipient’ from seeing what you’re doing.
A temporary phone number from Hushed starts at $2.99, and you can chuck it as soon as the surprise party’s over. (Unless you’ve gotten used to having a throwaway phone number and want to keep it, of course.)
If you need to call and text in secret to make sure your surprise party is really a surprise? We’ve got you!
1. Download the free Hushed app
2. Sign up for an account
3. Choose a phone number (300+ area codes)
4. Pick a phone package (starting at $2.99)
5. Secretly begin planning the party, using your own temporary phone number
How difficult is it going to be to keep the surprise party a secret? Well, that depends on (A) if you live with the person, (B) if the person has regular access to your phone, and (C) how snoopy they might be.
With a little sneakiness, a lot of help from your fellow secret-keeping guests, and a temporary phone number, you can throw a surprise party that’s actually a surprise.
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