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Why you might want to own a 'burner phone'

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Samsung: Those who prefer a smaller and easier to use flip phone might consider this 20 Samsung Entro. Despite all the buzz surrounding the new iPhone, many are considering something on the other end of the spectrum: a cheap, disposable, and prepaid mobile phone. OK, so these "burner phones," as they're often referred to, may be an addendum to your pricey smartphone rather than a replacement for it, but these devices have some desirable benefits. While you might think a "burner phone" is something only a criminal may use to avoid being tracked by authorities – such as the drug dealers on a show like The Wire – law-abiding citizens may also appreciate the privacy awarded by a burner phone. For example, you might not want to use your main phone number if you're posting items on Craigslist or another classifieds site.

Microsoft can’t stop launching Nokia feature phones


Microsoft may have cut short its Windows Phone and mobile efforts, and it may be in the process of selling its feature phone business, but the company is anything but done with launching new feature phones with Nokia branding. SEE ALSO: Will Microsoft's layoffs doom the Surface phone? The company today launched the Nokia 216 in India. The feature phone sports dual-SIM card capability, offers up to 19 days of standby time on a single charge, and is priced at Rs 2,495 ( 37). It will go on sale in the country from Oct. 24, a week before the Diwali festival.

Pretend you're on 'The Wire' with this virtual burner phone


Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Work, dating, communicating with sketchy people on Craigslist: even if you're not a shady character, you probably have some activity that you'd like to keep private. But there's no reason to use the same phone number for everything and risk losing your anonymity. You need a second phone number that you can easily access from your existing smartphone. That's where the Hushed Private Phone Line comes in.

Samsung's cancelled foldable phone looks exactly like you thought it would


Samsung has been working on a foldable phone for seemingly forever, but the release of this fabled device keeps getting delayed (presumably because the entire concept doesn't make a lot of sense). Now, a new leak claims to show a cancelled, two-screened phone from Samsung, and it looks surprisingly boring. The concept, leaked by Twitter user @MMDDJ_ and noticed by SlashLeaks, is basically a fat Samsung phone with a second screen on a hinge. Apparently, it was called Project V (model number SM-G929F) -- we've heard of a similarly named foldable Samsung phone in 2016, so that's presumably when this thing was designed. By the look of it, we won't shed a tear over the fact that this project got cancelled, as the phone doesn't appear to be very useful, or chic, even by 2016 standards.

Motorola leak reveals phone-maker may take on Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 with rival phone with stylus

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Between its folding Razr redux and a potential competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10, Motorola is coming back in a big way. According to the latest leaks from Evan Blass, a frequent purveyor of intel on upcoming mobile phones, Motorola me be working on a stylus-equipped phone that could be released sometime this year. In an image released by Blass, the phone, a sleek looking, nearly full-screen device with a hole-punch style selfie camera fixed to the upper-left corner, a stylus can be seen leaning across the display. As noted by Engadget, who was the first to report on the apparent leaked images, the stylus is significant not just because it would be the first stylus phone in 10 years, but because it makes marks another attempt to encroach on space already dominated by Samsung. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 was unveiled late last year and has a signature stylus called the S-Pen that can be used for several different actions aside from just writing our drawing on the phone.