How to get a virtual phone number?
A virtual phone number is a real phone number attached to an online or cloud account that could be forward to another phone number or to an app. It works just like a mobile number. You can use a virtual phone number to receive texts, to send texts, and of course, and make calls.
For many small businesses, especially for the owner that is traveling a lot. A virtual phone number for business does make a lot of sense. For example, a construction contractor who works mostly offsite. He will need to have a business phone number besides his personal cellphone number to appear more professional. With a virtual number, he can forward the call to his cellphone. He doesn't need many devices to have as many virtual numbers as he needed for different businesses. If the businessman has multiple businesses, he just needs one device with multiple virtual numbers. One for each of his businesses.
Another use case of the virtual phone number is to protect your privacy. Let's say you start a new business and need to give out your phone number to potential customers or suppliers. Instead of giving out your cellphone or home phone number，you can get a virtual phone number and provider the number for non personal use. While you actually still use your current number to pickup the call or receive the text.
There are many virtual phone number providers out there. Here we talk about several of them.
1. Google voice
Google Voice. Smart voice calling on all devices. For personal use. Android iOS Web. For business. A smarter phone number. A Voice number works on smartphones and the web so user can place and receive calls anywhere. Google voice is free and gives you access to the different phone numbers that you can use to make and receive calls and send texts.
Google Voice works on pc software or via its mobile app. When someone calls your virtual number, it's forwarded to your phone number.
Sonetel offer free virtual phone number with a per min call prices for actual call forward to your phone. It has standard, premium and business plan. The later two plan comes with monthly subscription fee.
If you subscribe to the premium plan, you can get the phone number from many different countries.
This burner app is a more consumer-facing app and could be a great choice for dating use cases to keep actual phone numbers protected. It has many features such as call, text, text with image. It has an app to use with the account.
There are multiple ways to buy a Burner virtual number. You can do so on a subscription to get unlimited calls, texts. Or you can buy credits to redeem for different kinds of accounts. There is not free account for Burner
Vumber provides the virtual phone number to forward to any US, Canada phone number. It also has text features. Anyone can call your virtual number and it will ring your phone like a normal call. If you want to make a phone call with your anonymous number, just call your Vumber number from the phone you've registered as a forwarding number.
Vumber has many call mins that come with your basic plan. The features are limited and it is more for personal use than for business. There is a trial period in each price plan.
5. Easiio virtual number
Easiio provides much more powerful virtual phone systems and it is compatible and running on the same platform as Easiio business phone and call center. Easiio virtual phone has many plans and starting with the basic virtual phone number plan with 100 min and 100 text. The full virtual phone plan has more mins.
Easiio Virtual phone support these features. Anyone can call this virtual number and it can be direct to your Easiio mobile/PC app, your cellphone, or your desk phone. It can be configured to ring multiple devices at the same time or sequentially. It can even have the IVR (Interactive Voice Response) and ITR (Interactive Text Response) if you are busy or configured to do so. To make the call, you can use a mobile app (Easiio phone) to make the call to any numbers.
As the Easiio virtual phone number is a full feature business phone, it is more suitable for business applications. With features such as blacklist or whitelist. People could get creative, for example, use it in the dating scene and not afraid of being disturbed by unwanted callers.
As a special promotion in October, 2020 to show support of the presidential election, try out Easiio Virtual phone number for free for the first 30 days until the election closed. You can signup here.
Easiio also provides powerful call center software and business phone systems. Please check the website and signup.
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