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What is a Virtual Phone Number?

A virtual telephone number lets you choose a telephone number from other local calling areas outside of the geographical location where you answer your telephone.  Virtual numbers allow you to add telephone numbers to your phone line so that you are no longer restricted to one telephone number per line. 

Virtual telephone numbers have many benefits for both residential and business users.  For instance imagine that your children where away at college, they could call your virtual telephone number so that they did not have to make a long distance call to reach you.  Many businesses are finding that virtual phone numbers can allow them to create a local presence in a local without actually having to open an office there.  For instance you may wish to get a 212 phone number in New York City to give the appearance that you have an office there. 

A virtual number can be used in a number of different ways.  It can be forwarded to an existing telephone number so that you can receive calls on your primary telephone line.  It can also be used with mobile telephones so that calls are received on your cell phone.  A virtual number can also be used with voice over ip service or a hosted pbx solution. 

Common uses of Virtual Telephone Numbers:

  • Reducing long distance charges between locations
  • Give your business a local presence
  • Provide remote office workers with a local phone number