A virtual local number is a relatively new tool, but already businesses and private phone users are finding ways to use these numbers for improved ease of use, more sales, and better privacy. This is because a virtual local number has a number of significant advantages over other options, and because the technology allows for a sort of best-of-both worlds approach to phone usage.
The basic function of a virtual local phone number is to provide an easy-to-remember phone number with a local area code that can be forwarded to another phone line or service. From a business’s point of view, the most common application of a virtual phone number is in advertising campaigns and customer association. A business can show its local presence by way of the virtual local number while having that number forwarded to their main telephone line, allowing the new number to be added without a change in phone infrastructure. In this way, a business can maintain its local presence while expanding. The area code that customers dial when calling a company has a profound effect on their ability to remember the entire phone number, and some customers simply prefer to deal with business that are local. A virtual local number solves both of these problems, allowing the business to take more incoming calls from a greater variety of sources.
For private telephone users, this same local aspect can have a different appeal. A private telephone user can use a virtual local number to keep his or her local contacts, but without giving out the main home phone number that he or she uses. In other words, the virtual number can be given out to people that the number’s owner doesn’t necessarily know well without sacrificing the privacy of the telephone user. This makes them a great tool for safe private telephone use, especially for people who need to give out their numbers on a regular basis – for instance, people who work from home or who spend a lot of time networking at their jobs. As is the case with a business virtual local number, a private phone number keeps its local area code, making it easy to remember for both the telephone users and the people calling him or her.
Unlike a separate phone line, a virtual local number is very inexpensive and easy to use. Virtual phone numbers are hosted by specialized companies that operate large forwarding servers, so once the phone number has been set up, it is maintenance free. Incoming calls to the virtual number are simply sent to the business or private user’s phone. This ease of use is another significant advantage of the services, and they’re inexpensive enough to be affordable even for small businesses or private use.
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