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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.

The Best Android Phones of 2020


From foldable screens to 5G connectivity, to super AMOLED displays, smartphone companies are evolving and innovating faster than ever. While Samsung's Galaxy line dominates as many people's top choice for the best Android phone, other smartphone makers are gunning for its place with great handsets of their own. Of course, all this competition benefits consumers -- we now have many choices of fantastic Android mobile phones to pick from, and at a number of different price levels, from high end to budget phones. Read on to see our top picks for the best Android phone available right now. And while you're at it, check out our tips on how to buy a new phone.

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.

Ring Ring! Our Favorite Landline Phones Are Calling


My childhood dream was to be a grocery store cashier. I loved the beep of the price scanner and the click of the keys on the register that I imaged felt satisfying to press. I still find comfort in certain sounds and touches like I did as a kid. So it makes sense that I've had an obsession with landline telephones brewing in me for as long as I can remember. Before modern cell phones went full touchscreen, phones were unique, with tactile buttons that had clicks and dings, smooth plastic bodies that felt good against your ear, and curly cords you could fiddle with while talking on a particularly long phone call.