A virtual number is not directly associated to any specific local landline or mobile operator’s telephone line. The connection is established via VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology. No extra or special equipment is required; all you need is a good to average internet connection for your primary device to receive calls.
Thanks to the fast development of internet and information technologies, it is today possible to work remotely from any point of the world. Whether it was conducting a virtual home-based office or coordinating your business from a hammock chair in Bahamas – now your dream of a perfect workplace finally came true! There are many sales agents, business consultants, IT developers, accounting professionals, who are employed on a full time basis, but are enjoying a free schedule.
Due to the occupations’ specifics, a lot of travel might be required. It is assumed that the work still has to be done in timely manner, though far from the office and often with no access to the speed internet or mobile phone connection.
With the help of virtual phone number you can keep in touch with others no matter where you go. In case you are travelling or gone on vacation, it is no more needed to pay high roaming price per calls or to buy travel sims. When owning a virtual phone DID number, you will be able to receive calls to your home PC, notepad or mobile phone, in accordance to the day, time, business needs or personal preference.
Calls forwarding service can be set to any destination, naming any convenient device of your choice. SIP, Skype or cell phone number needs to be indicated as a forwarding destination, so all the incoming calls will land there. Speaking about the cost of such service, it won’t need more investment as compared to using a common telephonic line, but considerably less.
A virtual number normally charges an established monthly fee, according to the number’s type and forwarding settings. A monthly fee may also vary depending on the certain country and on the selected forwarding destination.
A virtual phone number can be chosen for any country or city of the globe. Some very specific destination or distant locations may presume slight difficulties with internet connectivity, but usually VoIP technology secures an uninterrupted connection and perfect sound quality during the calls.
There are several types of virtual numbers: numbers for calls, numbers for text messages, numbers both for making calls and texting, numbers for receiving calls and faxing messages, toll-free numbers, local landline numbers, etc. Usually, a number type containing the most functional options costs more.
Toll-free numbers and virtual mobile phone numbers are among the most popular ones, implying higher monthly fee. But with these types of numbers you can be accessible for your callers 24 hours a day, if required. These number types suit best to the big enterprises and online businesses with representations in many countries.
Numbers for calls and text messages are normally used in small businesses and for individuals’ private affairs.In order to get the most from using a virtual telephone number, there are added phone services, developed especially for each number type and its purpose. Interactive menu, IVR, call recording, black and white list, call back service, music on hold, are just a few to name among many others.