To go off Kelly’s last post about keeping track of your minutes, I’d like to introduce 2 ways you can “screen” your calls –should you be like me and rather phone-phobic. I know I’m not the only one.

Or you might be the Don Juan who gets asked for their number a lot when out at the bars/clubs. Again, I know I’m not the only one.

Let me introduce AIM Phoneline and GrandCentral.

According to AIM Phoneline, it works best for privacy, dating, starting a career, socializing online (bloggers!), and even buying and selling online:

“Sometimes I don’t want to give out my home or mobile number.”
“I met someone in a club. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to give out my home or mobile number.”
“I’m a college senior. I don’t want my crazy roommate to answer calls from recruiters.”
“I want to make it easy for people to contact me on my blog.”
“I buy and sell stuff online. I don’t want to list my home or mobile number on online classifieds.”
… “I give out my AIM Phoneline number.”

Oh, those testimonials sound cute. But it is pretty nice. How it works is, you get a free telephone number in any area code, and you can associate it with as many AIM names as you would like. When you get a call, it will route it to your AIM ScreenName, and you can choose to accept the call (with CallerID) or send it to Voicemail. Both are unlimited. And I know you’re low on cash.

But, for those of us who aren’t so keen on AIM Triton (I, personally, am not a huge fan), GrandCentral is also great. It also lets you choose the area code and phone number, and it also gives you unlimited inbound calls. Instead of forwarding to your AIM, it will forward to 3 numbers of your choice –your cell, your home, your whatever. Instead of having to give out all 3 numbers all the time, you can give out just 1, and when you receive a call:

First, we’ll tell you who’s on the line (‘Call from Ted Baker’). Then, we’ll present you with four ways to handle the call:

1) accept it,
2) send it to voicemail,
3) ListenInTM on the voicemail, or
4) accept and record the call

Again, it sounds sweet. I just signed up today. And I just might post the number soon…