Virtual phone number

Virtual phone number

A Virtual Phone Number or Virtual Number, is a telephone number without an associated phone line. Usually these numbers are programmed to be forwarded to either a Voice over IP service, or to a different phone line, fixed or mobile.

Virtual Numbers are sometimes used in conjunction with mail forwarding services to create a Virtual Office in a remote place. For instance, a company may purchase a virtual phone number with area code 212, together with a mail forwarding service in New York, to give the impression that the company is located in New York, when in fact it may be located in an entirely different country.

Virtual Numbers are especially appealing to technology companies (for technical support), exporters (to give the impression that the company is local) and service companies such as call centers.

ee also

* Direct Inward Dialing (DID)
* [http://www.voip-info.org VOIP Info, a Wiki containing everything related to VoIP]
* [http://www.virtual-phone-number.org Contains extensive information and configuration examples about virtual numbers]
* [http://www.voipnow.org/features/virtual-phone-numbers] a list of voip providers that offer virtual phone numbers, plus some information about virtual phone numbers in general


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