The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.Tim Berners-Lee

SMS Privacy lets you send and receive SMS text messages anonymously.

SMS stands for "Short Message Service". SMS was intended to allow the exchange of short text messages between mobile phones. SMS is used to send billions of messages per day, for a vast range of uses: organising meetings between friends, arranging business deals, advertising products and services, communicating with eBay sellers, and much more besides.

Unfortunately, it is near impossible to use a mobile phone without compromising your privacy to at least a small extent. Even if you use a burner phone, your general location is revealed. One of the benefits of SMS Privacy is that you can use it anywhere in the world without revealing anything about your location.

We use an SMS API service to buy the virtual numbers and to send and receive the messages. This means we are able to offer numbers in a wide range of countries without needing any physical presence in those countries. The downside of using an API provider, instead of operating physical phones, is that the API provider can see all the messages. And, more importantly, our API provider blocks the messages that are involved for signing up to some online services. This is a shame as we believe any communications service should provide an unfiltered flow of communication. Note, however, that voicemail messages are not blocked in this manner.

We also offer physical numbers, which we operate with real mobile phone numbers. We're not aware of any message filtering when using this service: it's as good as having a real phone in your hand.


SMS Privacy is a project by James Stanley.
Available as a Tor hidden service at smspriv6fynj23u6.onion.
Please send bug reports, feature requests, comments, concerns, etc. to jes@smsprivacy.org.
As featured on Indie Hackers.