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How can I prevent potential freelancers that I invite to connect with me in WhatsApp from knowing my cell phone number?

Many Freelancers like WhatsApp for communication with people in the US, but from what I can see so far, there is no way to prevent WhatsApp freelancer contacts that I invite to connect with me from knowing my cell phone number used to establish my WhatsApp account.

This causes me some concern, so I thought I would just go get a Google Voice number and tie that to WhatsApp instead. Unfortunately, Google Voice gives me an error that says "This phone number can't be used to sign up for a Google Voice number. Try verifying with another number."

Are you kidding me? I can't use an ATT phone number that I have had for over 10 years?

What should I do here?

The objective remains the same and that is to prevent WhatsApp invited freelancers from knowing my cell phone number.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Okay, whatsapp business is free and does provide a way for me to share a link to communicate without sharing my phone number.

I haven't tested it yet to see whether or not they can see the phone number but at least the link doesn't contain it.

This is definitely a big win and I can tie it to my existing cell phone.

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