Sprint Offering Up Vanity Phone Numbers Aliases with **Me Service
Because everyone (and literally, their mom) has a cell phone these days, when most people get a new number it just goes straight into the phone as a named contact. Instead of dialing (555)555-5555, we just tap a name to make a call.
Now, however, Sprint users can hand out a vanity alias to new friends and contacts with a service called **Me. In a nutshell, **Me lets you create a custom name that people can use to call you if they don’t have your actual number programmed into their phone. For example, if your name is Jerry, you can use **Jerry as your handle. Or perhaps if your nickname is “Mad Dog”, you can opt for **MadDog. Monikers must be at least 5 characters in length but no more than 9, not counting the two stars.
The service costs $2.99 per month, but there are no additional usage charges beyond your normal Sprint plan. Currently, **Me will only accept calls from Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and other Sprint customers, and **Me doesn’t accept text messages yet. The ring-through feature works on any device, but additional features such as automatically sending a text reply to a missed call or the ability to direct callers to your contact info stored online are Android-only for now, although iPhone support is in the offing.
It’s a quirky service, but letting users give out easy-to-remember aliases instead of 7-digit phone numbers is a terrific idea.