Been thinking for a while on a plan to go [phone] numberless: my plan would be to use a data only sim to maintain cell tower access so I could use Signal etc, but no longer be able to call or sms with the same device [w/o using voip or call/text lapps]. Or just leave the sim out of the phone; using the wifi at work and home, installing the sim if I need data between stops.
Why go numberless?
I don’t have google or Facebook, but anyone who has my phone number probably saves it in their phones contacts app… most if not all the people I know use Facebook on their phone. So anyone allowing apps on their phone to access their contacts is sharing my real name and phone number (and maybe real email) with big tech through their device. As well as creating a web of “who knows who” outside of social media.
By going numberless force myself and others who want to message my pocket to do so in a more secure way. However I am also sensitive to Forcing others to communicate with me in a particular way… This alone is the last thing holding me back… As more and more people in my circle switch to signal anyway its only the future people I meet that would face the above issue.
Has anyone here explored, have thoughts or ideas about, or have already gone numberless?