Aug 31, 2016
Having one universal mobile phone number does have its benefits, but there are also several reasons one might want a second number. Privacy, business, locale… there are times when having alternate contact digits is invaluable.
This is where Flyp – Multiple Phone Numbers looks to make its mark.
Setup was ultra easy. All I had to do was install the application, create an account and then select a number in my area code.
The app is gently set, with a simple layout that is seemingly designed with ease of use in mind. Calls can be initiated therein, as well as text messages. The app also accepts the same, with its own ring tones and such.
Making said call is a simple matter of using the app dialer. Flyp uses the host phone’s minutes, so one does need to be cognizant of that. Calls were clear, and messages prompt in testing. Numbers can be color-coded too, but unfortunately, one’s address book is separate from the home device’s.
It is possible to manage more than one Flyp number on a single device — for a price. Numbers cannot be ported in or out just yet, but this is supposed to be on the to-do list.
In a lot of ways, it feels like just what the doctor ordered. It’s a self-contained solution that works quite well, and allows one to essentially run multiple numbers from a single device. It’s a vibrant application that mostly does what it sets out to do.
On the other hand, while the standalone nature clearly has its benefits, the fact that it doesn’t work seamlessly with the Android system might give some users pause. Taking a separate set of actions to initiate and/or receive calls and texts, no matter how small, makes smart dive users flip out.
For everyday use, it’s easy to see how the benefits outweigh the negatives, and the ability to add a veneer of privacy to one’s telephony use is invaluable. I really appreciate the simplicity and extensibility of this solution.
That is the niche Flyp can carve out.