Learn how to get a German virtual number and receive SMS online in this post.
A virtual or cloud number is an alternative to your regular SIM card. It exists in the cloud, and you have access to it through your personal account on the virtual mobile operator's website. This is my review of such a service from Hottelecom, with reflections on its pros and cons.
Why Do I Need A Virtual Number?
When buying a SIM card, German residents must provide a document for identification (an ID card, for example) and indicate their address. My main SIM card was obtained in this way. On the one hand, such a system ensures the safety of citizens and reduces the possibility of fraud.
On the other hand, I felt that I didn't have enough privacy. I was worried that someone could trace my location or address through my phone number. This hasn't happened, but I'm still a little nervous about it.
Besides, having one phone number means having several inconveniences:
- Constant newsletters from restaurants, deliveries, fitness clubs, etc.;
- The need to provide a real phone number on websites when registering;
- The risk of giving out your number to fraudsters.
All this pushed me to look for alternatives.
How To Get A Cloud SIM Card?
To get a number, you need to:
- Register on the mobile operator's website. I created an additional email to avoid using my main one.
- Specify the country whose number you want to receive. You don't need to provide any personal data.
- Specify the type of number. I've chosen the one for receiving SMS. Other options are voice calls, faxes, or one-time SMS.
- Select the direction of SMS forwarding. This can be another phone number, HTTP(s), or email. I chose the latter and specified my additional email, which is intended solely for SMS.
- Pay for the service.
The only thing I miss in this service is a mobile app. It would be convenient. But the advantages are greater. First, I maintain my privacy and anonymity. Now, I make all my registrations with a virtual number.
Secondly, my phone is free from spam. Thus, I can recommend this service to anyone who cares about their privacy and comfort.