A reader suggested Brring in 30 Money Saving Tips , so I thought I would give it a try. I didn’t think I would really use anything like this, but I was curious to see what the ads sound like.
How it Works
You are assigned a Brring number. When people call your number, first they listen to a short ad, and then are forwarded to your regular number.
People can still call your regular number. As readers pointed out, you would probably only want to use the numbers for telemarketers and such. Giving this number to family and friends probably wouldn’t work so well.
What is it like?
Sign-up was easy and only took a minute. After registering our number, they called to verify that we owned the number.
When I needed to call home yesterday, I tried out the new number to see what the ad sounded like. It was the most annoying ad. The one I heard was for a wheel of fortune game, but the voice was was really annoying and I felt like he was yelling at me.
The call then forwarded and rang for a very long time before our answering machine picked up. While it was ringing, it sounded funny, but once the machine picked up the connection sounded better. However, it connected part way through our message so the timing didn’t quite work out.
The caller ID still shows the person that is calling and not a Brring number as I expected it would.
Well the only real positive seems to be that you can refer your friends to sign up to earn rewards. However, it’s only $1 per friend and there is a $10 minimum cashout.
Normally, you earn $.05 per call, but they are giving $1 per call for the first 10, so you could use it for ten calls then abandon the idea for a quick ten bucks.
Well, this is one money saving idea that I won’t be using regularly. I’ll use it to get my $10, then I’ll be done with it. However, I might keep it active to put on lists where I know my number will be sold to telemarketers…
A better model might be one where I can choose to hear ads before I call someone. Let the caller make the choice, not the receiver and there might be better results.
Have you tried it out? What do you think?