Global Virtual Phone Numbers

Since your global virtual phone number answers and responds to calls 24/7, this is a great way to overcome the challenges of doing business across time zones.

How to Use Global Virtual Phone Numbers to Automatically Provide Product Information

What if you could professionally greet callers and educate them about the product that they’re interested in automatically, 24/7 via a recording, and then provide them with a means to connect with you for further information? Our virtual phone numbers allow you to do just that — even if you cater to customers located in another country.

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Car dealers, Realtors, property managers, and other sellers can use virtual phone numbers for each product or listing. Our virtual phone numbers come with a host of features that allow you to create an outstanding educational experience for your callers.

For example, let’s say you’re advertising multi-million dollar beachfront homes in Miami to prospects located in the United Kingdom on a popular classified advertising site such as Gumtree. Your ad would feature a few enticing details, but won’t have space for everything you want to share or that they want to know. Here’s how you could use a global virtual phone number to provide information and capture the prospect’s details for later follow up:

Use a local or toll free global phone number — In this example, you’d want to choose one of our UK virtual numbers. To your callers, it will look as if you have a presence in the United Kingdom when in reality you may work out of Miami – or anywhere else in the world.

Set up a custom greeting — This virtual phone number will have a singular purpose (to provide product information to prospects from a given channel), so you can customize your greeting to match. For example, you might create a greeting that says, “Thanks for inquiring about our listing shown on Gumtree. Press 1 to learn more about the property, 2 to learn about the neighborhood, 3 to hear about our leasing terms, 4 to leave a message, and 5 to connect to an agent.

Review your call logs — You’ll be able to view detailed call logs showing you exactly how much interest your ad is generating. The duration of calls could serve as a valuable indicator as well as the number of times a given caller has called in. For example, a caller who has listened for five to ten minutes is probably more interested in the property than one who hung up after 20 seconds. Likewise, if a caller calls back a second or third time, it could be a spouse listening in at his or her partner’s prompting. If they did not leave a message or request a callback, it might be a good idea to reach out to them.

Since your global virtual phone number answers and responds to calls 24/7, this is a great way to overcome the challenges of doing business across time zones. Your callers get the information that they want, when they want it, and you don’t have to take calls in the middle of the night or at inconvenient times. Meanwhile, for those who are serious, the virtual PBX system provides a means for further connections.

Our global virtual numbers are affordable and offered without a contract, making them perfect for temporary advertisements.

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International Virtual Phone Number is Your Most Valuable Communications Tool

You can also set up your international virtual phone number to act like a virtual PBX system complete with an interactive voice response system that greets and directs callers.

International Virtual Phone Number UserInternational virtual phone number is an affordable alternative to remote call forwarding and toll-free numbers. Not only are virtual numbers loaded with advanced calling features and have exceptional sound quality, they are a flexible communications solution that you can adjust to best meet your ever-changing needs. Use the tips below to get even more out of your contract-free virtual phone number.

  • Choose from over 140 Country Numbers — Create a phone line in your target country for marketing.  One example, buy a China Virtual Number
  • Consider adding rollover minutes — If your monthly call volume fluctuates from month to month, it might make sense to add the rollover minute option. For just a few dollars more per month, you can rollover any unused minutes from one month to the next. This strategy can be useful when you call volume often falls below your monthly allotment but never quite gets high enough to justify signing up for the next level. For example, if you have a basic 200-minute plan but your call volume ranges from 100 to 400 minutes each month, sticking with the basic plan and adding rollover minutes could save you money compared with jumping up to the 500-minute plan right away.
  • Do the math — We have some of the lowest per minute rates in the industry, even at low call volumes. While our per-minute rates get progressively lower with each tier, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to sign up for more minutes that you think you’ll use in a month. Look at some of your past phone bills to get a better idea of how many minutes you typically use each month and pick a plan with the appropriate number of minutes based on your historical call volumes. Don’t worry if you go over your allotment slightly as our per minute rates for each additional minute over your allotment are also extremely low. If you find yourself consistently going over, do the math to determine the call volume that justifies going to the next level.
  • Share your international virtual phone number — Whether you need a virtual number for tracking advertising results, receiving international phone calls, localization, conducting business while traveling internationally, or any other purpose, to get the most out of it, you’ll need to use it! A few effective ways to share your virtual phone number include: on business cards, on your website, on social media profiles, on marketing materials, and in your email signature. If you use sequential ringing or sequential call forwarding, let people know that your virtual number follows you wherever you go and is one of the best ways to reach you no matter where in the world you may be.
  • Use advanced features — Our international virtual phone number comes with a robust feature set. For example, there’s no need to maintain a separate fax line thanks to our fax-forwarding feature. Your faxes will be routed directly to your email account. You can also set up your virtual number to act like a virtual PBX system complete with an interactive voice response system that greets and directs callers.

International virtual phone number is a convenient, no-commitment way to receive phone calls from around the world. Get even more out of your virtual number by adding rollover minutes, choosing the most appropriate pre-paid minutes allotment, and using it to its fullest potential.

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Using the Professional Features Found in Saudi Arabia Virtual Numbers

Choose from toll free or Riyadh virtual numbers and then pick your plan.

King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia imageDid you know that our Saudi Arabia virtual numbers include a number of advanced features designed to make your business look more professional?

While these virtual numbers are intended to connect callers from Saudi Arabia to your designated phone located elsewhere, these professional features add a great deal of value.

Below are a few of the most popular advanced features available:

– Local ringtones — The ringing sound you here when a phone is ringing sounds different depending on what country you are in. You can choose from several dozen different local ringtones.

– Select country forwarding — If you have virtual phone numbers for Saudi Arabia along with other countries, use select country forwarding to route your incoming calls to specific agents are call centers based on the country in which they originate. That way, you can have an agent who speaks Arabic handle your Saudi Arabia virtual phone number’s calls.

– Advanced IVR/PBX — Though the phone number itself may be virtual, it doesn’t need to act like it is. In fact, our advanced IVR/PBX feature allows you to set up multiple extensions, custom greetings, and more. It’s like having a virtual PBX.

– Voicemail to email — Are you on your computer or smartphone all day? Getting your messages sent to your email’s inbox is a convenient option.

– Optional call recording — This optional add-on is an excellent tool for training and compliance purposes. Whether you want to help your call center agents become better at their jobs via recorded calls and coaching or need to keep a record of all of your calls for compliance purposes, this optional add-on makes it easy.

– Optional rollover minutes — Our Saudi Arabia virtual numbers are offered on a month-to-month basis with various monthly minutes allotted (depending on the plan you select).

Saudi ArabiaFor example, if you select the Basic plan, you’ll get from about two to two and a half hours’ (again, depending on the plan) worth of calls for a low monthly fee. Those minutes typically expire whether you use them or not. By adding the optional rollover minutes feature to your plan, any unused minutes rollover to the next month.

Enabling rollover is ideal for those with fluctuating call volumes as well as those who’d like to ensure that they can “bank” minutes from low volume months to be used in busier months.

Ordering a Saudi Arabia virtual number is easy. The entire process takes mere minutes, and there’s no contract to sign or long-term commitment to make. Choose from toll free or Riyadh virtual numbers and then pick your plan. We’ll promptly activate your new Saudi Arabia virtual number. Cancel at any time without penalty.

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Establishing a Local Presence in Thailand with Virtual Phone Numbers

Even if you need to hire a few Thai speakers to take those calls, you’ll have fewer costs and greater control over your market entry by centralizing operations.

Thailand BangkokAccording to the Embassy of the United States in Bangkok, Thailand, the United States and Thailand have had a commercial relationship spanning more than 180 years.

The embassy reports that expected market opportunities over the next few years include telecommunications, renewable energy, electrical power, broadcasting equipment, food processing and packaging equipment, medical products, cosmetics, educational services, and automotive accessories.

Other countries have free trade agreements with Thailand as well, making Thailand an attractive market for export businesses and investors from various points around the world.

If you plan on entering the market in Thailand, one easy way to begin establishing a local presence is with virtual Thailand phone numbers. These numbers, which are available in both toll free and national (+66 60) versions, are a type of international call forwarding number. Thus, you don’t need an actual branch office in Thailand in order to have a local Thailand phone number.

For example, if your main office is located in Houston, Texas but you sell goods to Thailand via a distributor in Bangkok, how will your customers in Thailand reach you should they have questions or need support? Giving them your Houston office’s toll free phone number won’t work because your toll free number only works in the North American region. What you need is a Thailand toll free virtual number.

With a virtual toll free number local to Thailand, your customers in Bangkok will dial what looks like any other toll free business phone number in Thailand. If you use a local ring tone, it will even sound like any other business number as it rings to your office in Houston. Unless you choose to tell your callers where you’re physically located, they’ll never know that they’ve just placed an international phone call.

If you provide them with a toll free virtual phone number for Thailand, they will not incur any charges whatsoever, even though the call is routed around the world. If you choose to use a national virtual phone number for Thailand, they may incur local tolls based on their location within Thailand. However, because the virtual number for Thailand conforms to the country’s numbering system, most callers will recognize whether they’re calling a number that’s local to them or not.

Thailand Virtual Number DatabaseUsing virtual phone numbers to set up a local presence in Thailand can save your business a lot of money each month compared to setting up a physical office and staffing it locally. Meanwhile, you can serve your Thai customers by using your existing staff to handle the virtual Thailand phone calls at your main office. Even if you need to hire a few Thai speakers to take those calls, you’ll have fewer costs and greater control over your market entry by centralizing operations.

Our virtual phone numbers for Thailand are available on a month-to-month basis — and they can adapt as your call volume grows. Both national and toll free virtual numbers for Thailand are available with affordable rates, excellent call quality, PBX-like features, IVR features, voice mail and voice mail to email, local ring tones, and more. Optional call recording and rollover minutes are also available. Best of all, there are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and no commitment!

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Build a Local Presence in Costa Rica with International Call Forwarding

If you give your Costa Rica customers your US phone number, they may hesitate to call you because they’re worried about the potential cost of the call.

Costa Rica MapThe United States is Costa Rica’s largest trading partner, with US imports accounting for about 47 percent of Costa Rica’s imports. If you’re thinking of doing business in the Costa Rican market, consider taking it one step further by using international call forwarding numbers.

What is an International Call Forwarding Number?
Costa Rica, like just about every other country in the world, has its own “local” phone numbers and toll free numbers. In order to dial out of the country, callers need to enter the county’s exit code followed by the country code of the country they are calling. Plus, if they’re calling a toll free number for the other country, the toll free number won’t work. Not only that, the other country may use a different numbering convention, further adding to callers’ confusion.

That just covers the logistics of making an international phone call; it doesn’t address another factor: cost. If you give your Costa Rica customers your US phone number, they may hesitate to call you because they’re worried about the potential cost of the call.

An international call forwarding number solves all of the problems listed above (and delivers a variety of additional benefits). To your callers in Costa Rica, international call forwarding numbers look like any other Costa Rica phone number. You can choose either a toll free Costa Rica call forwarding number or a national one with the 506 area code. Your callers won’t need to worry about exit codes, country codes, or costs. They’ll simply pick up the phone and call your business.

Advantages of Using a Costa Rica International Call Forwarding Number
International call forwarding numbers can deliver several important advantages such as:

Add credibility to your business. Your business will look more professional if it has a toll free number.
Give your business the appearance of being local. If you have a Costa Rica call forwarding number listed on your website, products, and marketing materials, your business will look as though it has an established local presence in the country. This can instill greater confidence in consumers who might otherwise hesitate to place an order with an out-of-country supplier.
Eliminate concerns about calling an international company. Why put up barriers to communications when you could simply order a pay-as-you-go international call forwarding number? Our rates are extremely competitive, and you can order buckets of minutes with an optional rollover option without a contract.

Finally, international call forwarding numbers for Costa Rica are extremely flexible. Whether you want the calls routed to a central call center, to your main office, your mobile phone, to voice mail, or anywhere else in the world, you can easily designate – and change – your destination phone number.

Exporting your goods and services to Costa Rica could be a smart business move. Make it even smarter by establishing a local presence with international call forwarding numbers. How will you put international call forwarding to good use?

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Expanding into Cambodia with International Toll Free Numbers

Expanding into foreign markets such as Cambodia is a great way to expand your business, and an international toll free number can play an important role in reaching your target market.

Cambodia Phnom PenhThinking about expanding into Cambodia? International toll free numbers are a fast, easy, and cheap way to establish a business presence in Cambodia as well as facilitate communications between contacts in the country and your main office located elsewhere.

Here’s what you need to know about Cambodia international toll free numbers.

1. Your main toll free number won’t work in Cambodia — You may already have a toll free number for your business, but it won’t necessarily work in international markets. Thus, you will need an international toll free number specific to Cambodia. That number will then use international remote call forwarding to forward your Cambodian phone calls to your designated office, call center, or mobile phone.

2. International toll free numbers for Cambodia are local to Cambodia but ring elsewhere — When you order an international toll free number for Cambodia, it will have the same format as any other toll free number in Cambodia. It won’t look like a foreign phone number. Thus, callers won’t hesitate to dial it — even if the number actually routes them to London, Hong Kong, Canada, or New Zealand. Your Cambodian callers will not incur any charges for using your international toll free number to reach you.

3. Local ring tones help your international toll free numbers “sound” local, too — Not only do different countries have different dialing conventions, the ringing sound that callers hear can vary from one country to the next. Local ringtones are available to help ensure that your international toll free number sounds the way it should.

4. You can set up your destination number to virtually any phone number in the world — Whether you’re located in Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, Africa, or a tiny island in the middle of the ocean, you can set up your toll free international phone number from Cambodia to ring to virtually any phone number in the world. You can change the destination number as needed, too. This is particularly convenient if you work out of several offices, plan on later outsourcing customer service to a call center, or want to set up “time of day” routing.

5. You can pay as you go with no contracts — We offer pay-as-you-go, contract-free international toll free numbers. Since there’s no contract, you can cancel at any time. You can also adjust your plan each month to reflect your expected call volume or order optional rollover minutes.

Expanding into foreign markets such as Cambodia is a great way to expand your business, and an international toll free number can play an important role in reaching your target market.

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Austria Call Forwarding Numbers are a Great Idea

Once your business is established, you’ll have customers in Austria who will need a convenient means of reaching your office.

Salzburg Fortress HohensalzburgDoing Business in Austria: Call Forwarding Numbers are a Great Idea

Austria is a landlocked nation in Central Europe surrounded by Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Austria has a melting pot of citizens and a population of well over 8 million.

It is also one of the most stable — and richest — countries in the European Union, making it an attractive European country for businesses looking to expand into the European market. If you’re thinking of doing business in Austria, you’ll need to register your company with the appropriate authorities as well as set up your business communications. While there’s a lot to consider, one area not to be overlooked involves setting up Austria call forwarding numbers.

What are Austria Call Forwarding Numbers?

Austria has a highly developed and efficient telecommunications system. Its 8.5 million people use a combination of landline phones (roughly 3.4 million as of 2011) and mobile phones (more than 13 million as of 2011).

If you want people in Austria to be able to call your main office in another country, you have two choices: provide them with your main office number and hope they’re OK with dialing an international phone number or provide them with Austria call forwarding numbers that are local or toll free calls to them.

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Austria call forwarding numbers look like local numbers to Austrians. For example, a national Austria call forwarding number will have the 720 area code, just like any other phone number local to Austria.

Your callers in any of Austria’s nine provinces (Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tirol, Vorarlberg, and Vienna) will feel as though they are calling a company within their own nation.

Meanwhile, your Austria call forwarding number will actually ring to the phone of your choice. That phone could be your office phone in Germany, Hungary, Italy, or Switzerland. It could be to a call center in Slovenia or Slovakia.

It could be to your mobile phone while you’re traveling on business to Liechtenstein. It could be to a virtual assistant’s home office in Czech Republic. The options are virtually unlimited.

The Benefits of Establishing Austria Call Forwarding

As you’re establishing you business presence in Austria, having local phone numbers shows that you are serious about your venture. You’ll interact with a variety of individuals initially ranging from bankers and tax authorities to property managers, public relations personnel, business partners, and more.

While calling you shouldn’t be a hardship to these individuals, they may hesitate to call an overseas number. Having an Austria call forwarding number removes this barrier.

Once your business is established, you’ll have customers in Austria who will need a convenient means of reaching your office. Austria call forwarding numbers are the best way.

Not only will they help your customers avoid making a costly international phone call, they’ll also inspire confidence in your business as it’s clear that you have a presence in Austria based solely on the local phone number.

From establishing a business in Austria to actively serving customers in the country, Austria call forwarding numbers are a great idea.

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Doing Business in Israel | Diverting Your Virtual Phone Numbers

Whether your customer service agents are located in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, or Australia no longer matters.

If you do business in Israel, virtual phone numbers can play a starring role in your communications strategy.

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Using an Israel virtual phone number, you can:

  • Establish a local presence in Israel
  • Divert phone calls from Israeli callers to any telephone, cellphone, fixed line, fax machine, PBX systems, or VoIP phone line in the world
  • Change your ring-to number on the fly

What are Israel Virtual Phone Numbers?

Our Israel virtual phone numbers are a special type of call forwarding number that look and act like local or toll free numbers in Israel yet ring to phones in other countries.

For example, if you have a graphic design business based in UK but would like to target Israel Virtual Number Databasecustomers in Israel, you could publish your Israel virtual number on your website and program its “ring-to” number so that all calls are routed to your UK office.

To the customer in Israel, the number looks like it originates in the country. With local ringtones, your Israel virtual number will also sound like it originates in the country. Toll free, national, Beer Sheva, Haifa, Hasharon, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv virtual numbers are available.

Benefits of Using Virtual Phone Numbers in Israel

Using virtual phone numbers in Israel allows you to reach a wider Israeli audience without the expense of establishing a physical presence in the country. Since you can route your calls to virtually any phone in the world, you can also centralize your call center operations.

Whether your customer service agents are located in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Israel Tel AvivNorth America, South America, or Australia no longer matters. Simply configure the destination ring-to number, market your Israel virtual phone numbers, and begin communicating with callers.

How to Get Started with Israel Virtual Phone Numbers

Signing up for an Israel virtual phone number is easy, and month-to-month plans are available.

  • Start by selecting your desired Israel virtual phone number.
  • Choose your desired phone type (national, toll free, or city specific).
  • Enter your destination country and phone number (this can be changed later).
  • Choose your plan based on the monthly allotment of minutes you’d like each month.
  • Add any optional features you’d like such as optional rollover minutes or call recording.
  • Add your plan to your cart and check out. It’s that easy!

Note that our Israel virtual number plans are offered with no contracts. Whether you need a virtual number for a temporary project or a long-term expansion, you can use our service on a month-to-month basis with no penalties. Cancel at any time or scale your plan up or down as your call volume changes.

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How Small Businesses Can Use International Virtual Numbers in the United States

Virtual Numbers US InternationalIf you currently have remote call forwarding numbers within the United States, you already have an understanding of how beneficial call forwarding numbers are. However, did you know that you can use USA virtual numbers around the world?

If you’re in the United States but do business overseas, one of the smartest — and most affordable — investments you can make is in an international virtual number. USA virtual numbers can be created for dozens of countries but set up so that they ring to your office in the US.

How Can You Use USA Virtual Numbers?

Establishing a local presence in an offshore country is one of several ways that businesses in the United States use virtual numbers. For example, let’s say that you run a small web development agency in the United States and would like to begin offering your services in an emerging country such as Brazil. Instead of renting office space in Brazil, getting a landline, and staffing your Brazilian office, you could simply get a local virtual phone number (or a toll free one) for Brazil and set your ring-to destination to your USA phone. To your customers in Brazil, your USA virtual number looks local, eliminating cost concerns immediately and helping to generate more calls.

Another way you could use a USA virtual number is to set up a toll free hotline with a recording. In countries with limited Internet access, getting information isn’t as easy as we’re accustomed to. If you provide informational services, you could create a recording directly from within your USA virtual numbers account and set up your auto voice response system accordingly. From there, publish the toll free number in the target country and begin sharing your message.

If you travel frequently, you could use your USA virtual numbers when visiting your target markets. For instance, if you’ve already set up a virtual number for Brazil and will be spending a few weeks touring factories and networking with local business contacts, you could make cheap phone calls back home by setting up the ring-to number so that it rings to the appropriate person in the USA. From there, dial your virtual number and connect with your US-based contacts. You’ll get your same low international call forwarding rates and be able to dial a toll free number when in Brazil. If you use your USA virtual numbers to make cheap international calls, make sure to change your ring-to number back to the desired phone number when you’re done.

Whether you want to expand your market, better serve international customers, or make cheap international calls, getting a USA virtual number is a great way to do so. Test the waters by signing up for an affordable, month-to-month plan with no contract.

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Improve Your Bahrain Consulting Business with Virtual Call Forwarding Numbers

Toll free numbers, in general, add credibility to any business. Thus, getting a Bahrain toll free number further cements your reputation.

Bahrain Sunset IndustrialDo you offer business consulting services to clients located in Bahrain?

Virtual call forwarding numbers are a great way to improve communications – and your business as a whole.

Why Use Bahrain Virtual Phone Numbers?

As you know, there are many ways to deliver consulting services. If you’re located outside of Bahrain with clients inside the country, options include: in-person (which requires traveling to Bahrain and incurring associated travel costs), videoconferencing (which requires both parties to have videoconferencing equipment), Skype (which requires Skype accounts and webcams), and phone calls (which requires international phone calls).

Each of the above options has its downsides which tend to fall into two categories: expensive or equipment required. Using Bahrain virtual call forwarding is an alternative that immediately puts your clients at ease.

Here’s how it works:

  • Get a Bahrain virtual phone number – You can either get a toll free number for Bahrain or a local one with the 973 area code. Either way, your clients will view this virtual phone number as being local because it is local to their country.
  • Set up your ring to number – Because it’s a “virtual” phone number, your Bahrain call forwarding number can ring to any phone number in the world that you designate as its ring to number. This can be your office phone number in Los Angeles, California, your hotel room phone number in Bali, your personal mobile phone, or any other phone you may use. You can even change your ring to number as needed.
  • Give your Bahrain virtual call forwarding phone number to your clients – Whether you’re prospecting for customers, scheduling consultations, or leaving a message asking for a returned phone call, give out your Bahrain virtual phone number.

How Bahrain Virtual Phone Numbers Enhance Your Credibility

As global as the business world has become, there’s still an aversion to dialing international phone numbers. In some cases, there’s a legitimate concern about the potential cost of placing an international call. In others, there’s uncertainty about how to make the call because international phone numbers look different from domestic ones. In others, there may even be a preference for working with someone local.

By getting a Bahrain virtual call forwarding number, you’ll circumvent all of these concerns. Your clients will be likely to perceive you as being serious about serving the Bahrain market. After all, if you’ve gone through the trouble of establishing a Bahrain presence, you won’t be “here today, gone tomorrow.”

Toll free numbers, in general, add credibility to any business. Thus, getting a Bahrain toll free number further cements your reputation.

With Bahrain virtual call forwarding, you can build a communications channel that works for all of your clients while also adding credibility to your business.

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Virgin Island (British) Conference Calling and Remote Call Forwarding Tips

Using a British Virgin Islands call forwarding number in this manner allows you to take advantage of your existing staff and facilities back home and keep your costs down.

British Virgin Islands CollaborationAccording to the Government of the British Virgin Islands, if you intend to do business in the British Virgin Islands, you’ll need a trade license.

If you are an individual from outside the territory – even if you are a British citizen – and intend to work there, you’ll need a work permit.

Once you’ve established your business and fulfilled all of the obligatory business filing details, you’ll need a convenient means of communicating with your colleagues, partners, customers, and other individuals around the world.

Both international conferencing calling and international call forwarding in the Virgin Islands can help. Use the tips below to communicate with international business associates from the British Virgin Islands.

1. Make calling your BVI business easy with virtual phone numbers – As savvy as your business contacts may be, they may have an aversion to calling foreign phone numbers. First, there’s the cost concern.

People who have never called the British Virgin Islands will wonder how much it will cost to call you. Some will overestimate the cost of the call and avoid dialing altogether.

Even if money were not an issue, the phone number will look different to overseas callers. Those who rarely make international phone calls to the British Virgin Islands, or anywhere else for that matter, may not understand the appropriate procedure for dialing out of their countries.

British Virgin Island virtual phone numbers solve these problems. For example, if most of your contacts are in the UK, you could get a UK virtual number and set it up so that it rings to your British Virgin Islands office.

To your British contacts, your British Virgin Island virtual phone number looks and acts like any other UK phone number. Calling you is as easy as calling a local business.

2. Be mindful of time differences – Chairing a British Virgin Islands conference call is a great way to bring together a geographically diverse team into a group phone call. However, with participants located in various time zones, you’ll need to be mindful of these time differences when scheduling a conference call.

For example, since there’s a five-hour difference between the British Virgin Islands and London, you may want to schedule a conference call with your UK team to take place at 10 a.m. BVI time, which would be 3 p.m. their time.

3. Leverage existing resources – If you’ve built a qualified staff of customer service representatives at your home office, it often makes more sense to use remote call forwarding numbers in your new market than it does to establish physical numbers and staff a call center.

For example, you could establish a local British Virgin Island call forwarding number for your island business and route those calls to your main office in London. Using a British Virgin Islands call forwarding number in this manner allows you to take advantage of your existing staff and facilities back home and keep your costs down.

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Virtual Number Australia

a virtual number for your Australia calls will save you a ton of money — and your customers won’t know that they’re calling another country.

Sydney, Australia Skyline HarbourNeed to help customers in Australia but hesitate to establish a branch office down under?

Whether you export products to Australia, offer consulting services to Australian businesses, or are thinking about entering the Australian marketplace for the first time, you could quickly establish a business presence with a virtual number. Australia toll free and local virtual numbers are available.

In addition to ordering city-specific virtual numbers, you could also order a toll free virtual number and forward any calls from that phone number to your call center or office phone located anywhere in the world.

What is a Virtual Number (Australia)?

A virtual number is a remote call forwarding number that is not tied to a physical location. In the case of Australia, you could get a virtual number for Sydney complete with its local area code of 28, and set it up so that any calls made to your Australian virtual phone number would be call forwarded to the phone number of your choice.

Local virtual numbers for Australia are available for dozens of communities throughout the country including Sydney, Perth, Cape River, Liverpool, Adelaide, Sunbury, Swan Hill, and Wagga Wagga to name a few.

Use Cases for a Virtual Number in Australia

Perhaps the best way to see the value of an Australian virtual phone number is by seeing how others have used their virtual phone numbers. Below are a few use cases to inspire you:

  • Set up an Australian call center in the United States — In this example, you have an established call center in the United States and need to set one up in Australia as well. As you know, building, equipping, and staffing a call center is expensive. Instead of going to the trouble of doing all that, get a local virtual number for Australia, hire a few Australian CSRs, and route your Australian calls directly to your Australian CSRs desks in your US call center.
  • Set up an Australian tech support line based in India — This scenario is nearly identical to the call center scenario, only it involves technical support calls to your tech support center in India. Again, a virtual number for your Australia calls will save you a ton of money — and your customers won’t know that they’re calling another country.
  • Set up a personal Australian virtual phone number and forward it to your personal cell phone — In this case, you might have family, friends, or colleagues in Australia who need to call you on your personal cell phone. However, you want to save them the trouble and cost of an international phone call. By getting a virtual Australian phone number and routing it to your personal cell phone, you can make their lives easier and be easy to reach no matter where in the world you may be.

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Improve Service with Virtual Phone Numbers Featuring Automatic Call Recording

For example, if you need to record an interview, ask the person you’re interviewing to call you on your virtual phone number with automatic call recording enabled.

Virtual Number Automatic Phone Call RecordingVirtual phone numbers are ideal for routing calls from various locations across the country — or around the world — to a centralized call center. In fact, you may already be using virtual phone numbers to do just that.

As you know, virtual phone numbers can reduce your costs, establish a local business presence in locations far and wide, and improve operational efficiency.

By adding automatically call recording to the mix, your virtual phone numbers can help to improve service.

Here’s what you need to know about our new automatic call recording add-on.

  • Call recording is an affordable, optional add-on — Rather than investing in recording equipment or upgrading your phone system, you can get the benefits of automatic call recording by adding it as a service to your virtual phone numbers. It costs just a few dollars per month per virtual phone number. If you find that call recording is not for you, you can cancel the add-on at any time with no penalties.
  • Virtual phone number call recording is flexible — Do you want to record all incoming calls over your virtual phone number or just a small percentage? Simply set up your preference and let the call recording system do its work.

Why Enable Automatic Call Recording?

Businesses use call recording for several reasons including CSR training, compliance assurance, and opportunity mining. For example, one of the best ways to evaluate your customer service representatives is by listening in. Whether you record every call as it comes through your virtual phone number or opt to record one out of ten, you’ll have plenty of recordings for each CSR to listen to.

Does your CSR answer promptly? Greet the customer correctly? Sound professional and knowledgeable? Follow the script correctly? Build rapport with customers? Solve problems satisfactorily? The answers to these questions can be found in your call recordings.

Periodically listening to call recordings can also help you keep the pulse of your business, learn about potential opportunities, and more. For example, it’s not unusual for customers to talk about your competitors when they speak with your staff, but that information doesn’t always find its way back to upper management. By listening to your virtual phone numbers’ call recordings, you may gain insight into your competitors’ offers or trends affecting your industry.

Using automatic call recording with your virtual phone numbers can also help you comply with various legislation, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, that require electronic records of business transactions. For compliance purposes, you’ll want to set up your automatic call recording feature so that it records all incoming calls to your virtual phone number automatically. You’ll also want to upgrade to long-term storage of your recorded phone calls or arrange to store your recordings permanently.

Many of our customers have come up with creative uses for automatic call recording with their virtual phone numbers. For example, if you need to record an interview, ask the person you’re interviewing to call you on your virtual phone number with automatic call recording enabled. How will you use your call recording feature?

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The Benefits of Pay-as-You-Go Argentina Virtual Phone Numbers

You can quickly exit the market and cancel your virtual phone number without penalties.

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaIn Argentina and around the world, cloud computing has helped change the way businesses pay for software and services.

Rather than buying expensive networks and phone systems upfront, many business spread their costs by paying as they go.

This shifts capital expenses to operational expenses, reduces costs, and may even provide tax benefits. If you’re thinking of expanding into the Argentina market, consider taking a pay-as-you-go approach to setting up shop in Latin America by using Argentina virtual phone numbers.

There are several ways you can benefit from using international virtual phone numbers instead of physical locations including:

  • Minimal expenses — Let’s say that you intend to open a branch office in Argentina to schedule a new service you will be providing locally. At a minimum, you’ll need office space, a phone system, and a customer service representative to answer the phones. Of course, you already have all of that at your company headquarters. By ordering an Argentina virtual phone number and setting it up to ring to your main offices in another country, you can avoid those costly startup and ongoing expenses.
  • Establish a local business presence — Getting a virtual phone number for Argentina, or any other country for that matter, allows you to quickly establish a local business presence in that country. Your Argentina virtual phone number will look like any other phone number in Argentina complete with local area codes. For example, if you’re setting up shop in San Juan, Argentina, you could get a local virtual phone number with the 264 area code. Callers from San Juan would immediately recognize your virtual Argentina phone number as being local to them.
  • Establish a toll free business presence — If you’re less concerned about appearing local to a given city in Argentina and would like the credibility that a 1-800 number provides, you could also get a virtual toll free phone number that rings from Argentina to virtually anywhere else in the world.
  • No long-term commitment — When you lease office space or a phone system, you’re expected to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined in the leasing contract. With a pay-as-you-go international virtual phone number, you can test the market without contractual concerns. What if the market in Argentina doesn’t find your new service appealing? You can quickly exit the market and cancel your virtual phone number without penalties.

If you need virtual phone numbers for Argentina, choosing a pay-as-you-go plan with no contracts is beneficial. Our bundled virtual phone number plans for Argentina come with optional rollover minutes, allowing you to enter a new market without huge startup costs.

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Will Your North American 1-800 Number Work in Australia?

Overcome potential barriers to trust (such as foreign phone numbers) by getting your own local call forwarding numbers for Australia.

Will Your North American 1-800 Number Work in AustraliaSetting up a local presence in Australia is attractive to North American businesses of all sizes for a variety of reasons.

According to Export.gov, Australia has very few barriers to entry, a straightforward business culture, and a familiar legal and corporate framework.

Not only that, Australia is an English-speaking nation, making it a comfortable fit for many US and Canadian business professionals.

When you visit Australia as part of your market research, you may notice that Australian toll free numbers look surprisingly similar to those in North America. This, too, makes Australia seem like a good fit for your business.

However, this doesn’t mean that your North American 1-800 number will work in Australia. For starters, there are fewer digits in Australia toll free numbers. Plus, North American toll free numbers only work in North America.

Solving the Problem with an Australia Toll Free Number that Rings in North America

Don’t let the fact that your existing toll free number won’t work in Australia stop you from what could otherwise be the perfect match. If you intend to do business in Australia, the best, and easiest, solution is to get an Australian toll free call forwarding number. This number will conform to Australia’s toll free system and dialing conventions, yet it will be call forwarded to the phone number of your choice.

For example, let’s say you have a call center in Kansas City, Missouri where all of your customer service calls are handled. While you could build a call center in Sydney, Australia, doing so would be costly, difficult to manage, and time-consuming.

In contrast, with an Australia toll free call forwarding number, you could be up and running in a matter of minutes. Simply publish this number on your Australian website and local marketing materials and set up call forwarding so that all incoming calls from Australia are routed to your existing call center in Kansas City. Depending on the expected call volume, you may not even need to hire additional CSRs. You certainly wouldn’t need to search for bilingual employees because of the common language between the two countries.

Additional Use Cases for an Australian Call Forwarding Number

Toll free call forwarding numbers aren’t your only option, either. You could also order local call forwarding numbers for various cities in Australia such as Bairnsdale, Hobart, New Castle, or Perth.

  • Set up a “local” office (without the actual office) — By printing your local numbers for various cities in Australia on your business cards and marketing materials, you can make it look as though you have local offices throughout the country.
  • Build trust with local partners — Overcome potential barriers to trust (such as foreign phone numbers) by getting your own local call forwarding numbers for Australia.
  • Make it easy for local partners to reach you — Your local partners might not mind the expense of international calls, but they may be unfamiliar with the process. Make it easy by providing local or toll free Australia call forwarding numbers.

Australia could be a fantastic match for your North American business, but you’ll need call forwarding numbers e.g. virtual number that divert Australia calls back to the U.S.

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Doing Business with Argentina Call Forwarding Numbers

Expanding your business into Argentina could be a simple matter of marketing your services along with an Argentina call forwarding number.

Buenos Aires at nightAccording to Export.gov, the United States and Argentina have a long, bilateral trade and investment relationship. If you run a USA business and are considering a move into Argentina’s market, one of the first and easiest steps you can take is to order Argentina call forwarding numbers.

What are Argentina Call Forwarding Numbers?

Argentina call forwarding numbers are local or toll free phone numbers specific to Argentina. They look and sound like any other phone number in Argentina. For example, a toll free number in Argentina would look something like this: 0800800XXXX while a local one would look like this: 0221513XXXX. However, the actual call would be routed to your designated phone in the United States (or anywhere else in the world).

The Benefits of Argentina Call Forwarding Numbers

As you can see, Argentina call forwarding numbers look local. This means that you can immediate set up a local presence. Whether you need to coordinate with local manufacturers, officials, employees, partners, or customers, giving them a local phone number can:

  • Establish your company as having a local presence in Argentina
  • Reduce or eliminate concerns about calling a foreign country
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for travel into Argentina
  • Allow you to answer calls originating from Argentina at a remote call center located anywhere in the world
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to hire local staff
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to rent office space in Argentina
  • Allow you to test the market with minimum investments in a physical location

Use Cases for Argentina Call Forwarding Numbers

There are numerous ways to use Argentina call forwarding services. Below are just a few use cases.

  • Customer and technical support — If you are exporting your products to Argentina, providing your customers there with an Argentina toll free number for customer or technical support is a good move. However, instead of building and staffing a call center in the country, you could simply use call forwarding to transfer those calls to an existing call center.
  • Local coordination — Do you frequently need to speak with local partners, agents, distributors, or officials in Argentina? They could hesitate to call your out-of-country phone number because it’s unfamiliar or they may fear the cost. Some may prefer to work with a local or distrust foreign businesses. Give them a local number to call and overcome these obstacles.
  • Local consulting or virtual coaching — Do you offer consulting, coaching, or some other service that could be delivered over the phone? Expanding your business into Argentina could be a simple matter of marketing your services along with an Argentina call forwarding number.

These are but a few use cases for Argentina call forwarding numbers. Would an Argentine call forwarding number be effective for your business?

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Establishing a Local Presence with a Uruguay Virtual Number

View from Artigas Hill in MInas, Lavalleja, UruguayWith roughly 3.3 million people as of 2013 estimates and consistently gaining attention as one of the world’s fastest developing nations, establishing a local presence in Uruguay could be a smart move. One of the best ways to tap into this market is with a Uruguay virtual number.

Why Set Up a Uruguay Virtual Number?
Uruguay is a representative democratic republic with a freely elected president – and a growing, free market economy. Its economy has an export-heavy agricultural sector with soybeans, horse meat, greasy wool, and beeswax among its main exports.

The Port of Montevideo handles well over 1 million containers each year, and Uruguay has the one of the most developed telecommunications systems in Latin America.

Setting up a Uruguay virtual number allows your business to appear as if it is operating inside of Uruguay. It’s a low-cost way to get started in the Uruguay marketplace.

For example, if you offer import/export consulting services to the agriculture industry, having a local Uruguay virtual phone number would allow your clients in Uruguay to call you directly using a phone number that makes it appear as though your office is just down the street. Your clients may feel more comfortable working with someone with a local presence – and they’ll appreciate being able to dial a local or toll free phone number.

How Your Uruguay Virtual Number Works
When you get a local or toll free Uruguay virtual phone number, you are getting what’s known as a remote call forward number. The number itself is local to Uruguay so callers do not need to be concerned about international calling costs. The Uruguay virtual number, however, rings to the phone line of your choice – and your “ring to” phone can be located virtually anywhere in the world.

For example, you could set up your Uruguay virtual number to ring to:

  • An office phone in New York
  • A call center in Madrid
  • A mobile phone in Tel Aviv

The options are practically unlimited! In fact, you can change the ring to number as your needs change or even program a different destination based on the time of day it is in Uruguay.

Virtual Uruguay phone numbers come with a variety of features and options such as auto attendant, time of day forwarding, local ringtones, rollover minutes, and more. You can even set up an optional call recording feature where all of your calls from your Uruguay virtual number are automatically recorded.

If you’ve been considering a move into the Uruguay market, getting a virtual number is an excellent way to establish a local presence and begin communicating with callers in the country. Ordering a Uruguay virtual number is easy and affordable. Select your new Uruguay virtual phone number now.

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We’d love to hear about your experiences. How have you used virtual phone numbers in Uruguay or other nations?

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International Conferencing and Communication Tools for African Startups

It’s an exciting time to be an African entrepreneur. Extend your reach with international conference calling, mobile international conferencing solutions, and international virtual numbers

Africa is a hotbed for entrepreneurs right now. Last year, Tony Elumelu, an economist, philanthropist, and advocate for entrepreneurship, declared 2015 the year of the African entrepreneur. In a recent commencement address, Elumelu said, “All they need is a business idea and the commitment to succeed.” That’s the simplified version, but the climate is ripe throughout Africa for startups and entrepreneurs to succeed.

While ideas and commitment are essential ingredients, mobile technology has played a prominent role in facilitating entrepreneurship in Africa — and it will continue to do so now and in the future. Below are some of the most important international conferencing and communication tools for African entrepreneurs and startups:

International Conference Calls

Africa is a complex continent with 54 member states of the United Nations from Algeria to Zimbabwe. While many African entrepreneurs may start local businesses, others may interact with customers, business partners, mentors, and suppliers throughout the continent — or around the world for that matter. International conference calls in Africa allow participants to connect to a group phone call by dialing either a local or toll free number specific to the country that they are in.

For example, an African entrepreneur in Ghana could host an international conference call with participants located in Nigeria, Guinea, and Liberia. Instead of requiring each to dial a Ghana phone number, the entrepreneur would issue local or toll free phone numbers for Nigeria, Guinea, and Liberia — making it easy and affordable for all participants to call. If that same international conference call has participants located in the United States, Spain, China, and elsewhere around the globe, the host of the call could issue additional local or toll free numbers specific to those countries.

Mobile International Conferencing

As important and convenient as international conference calls are to African entrepreneurs, mobile international conferencing tools are even more important.

Last year, according to StatCounter, mobile Internet usage soared by 67 percent around the world with mobile usage having overtaken desktop usage Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Mobile Internet usage in Africa is certainly helping to fuel entrepreneurship throughout the continent.

For entrepreneurs hosting conference calls, it’s more likely than not that their go-to device is a smartphone rather than a desktop. Thus, international conferencing services catering to this market need to make it easy to schedule, coordinate, and manage international conference calls via mobile apps and mobile-friendly sites.

International Virtual Numbers

Finally, African entrepreneurs can benefit from international virtual phone numbers. While an entrepreneur may be physically operating from Ghana, for instance, he or she could also set up local phone numbers in other countries throughout Africa. Callers from Nigeria would dial a Nigerian phone number, but the call would be forwarded to the Ghana business.

International virtual numbers can be used for convenience — to make it easier for international callers to reach your business — or to create a local presence in locations outside the country.

It’s an exciting time to be an African entrepreneur. Extend your reach with international conference calling, mobile international conferencing solutions, and international virtual numbers — each of which can save you money as well as give you access to superior telecommunications networks than may be available to you locally.

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Sources:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201505121744.html

http://answersafrica.com/how-many-countries-are-in-africa.html

http://gs.statcounter.com/press/mobile-internet-usage-soars-by-67-perc

Call forwarding lighten your load

Mobile call forwarding is the ability to take your existing mobile phone number and redirect the calls to another telephone number.

As the popularity of mobile phones has grown, more and more people are eliminating their land lines and exclusively use their cell phones. Many smaller companies even advertise a cellular number as their businesses main contact.

While the use of mobile phones is increasing within the business community, the need for mobile call forwarding has increased also. Mobile call forwarding is the ability to take your existing mobile phone number and redirect the calls to another telephone number. Companies are often in need of call forwarding in order to have their mobile phones answered when they are not in the office.

When you travel, you can then set up the cell phone to call forward to a virtual number.  The virtual number then redirects calls to any other number you chose, in any country, which could be a disposable cell phone that you purchase inside another country, your international branch office phone, your hotel room phone, or any other phone you may have access to.

In order for this to work, your cell phone in your home country must support call forwarding. Once set up, your contacts back home can dial your cell phone number as usual and reach you.

We welcome any posts if you have a story regarding personal experience using call forwarding virtual numbers with your own business use.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Global Virtual Numbers

If you have customers in another country, it makes sense to provide them with a toll free number to reach you.

Global Virtual NumbersIf you work with customers around the world, global virtual numbers are a fantastic way to facilitate communications. As beneficial as global virtual numbers are to businesses of all sizes, several misconceptions exist and may be holding you back. Let’s bust them once and for all…

1. Global Toll Free Numbers are Expensive – As with any toll free number, the owner of a global toll free number is the one who pays all costs associated with each phone call. The fact that callers are calling from other countries makes many potential account holders anxious. After all, aren’t international long distance rates sky high? Not necessarily. A number of affordable global toll free calling plans are available with rates that may surprise you.

2. Global Toll Free Numbers Are Only Beneficial to Big Companies – While large companies with offices around the globe tend to come to mind when thinking about global toll free numbers, they’re not the only ones who benefit by providing international customers with an easy and toll free way to call. Even solo professionals such as independent business consultants and home-based business owners can benefit from a global toll free phone number. If you have customers in another country, it makes sense to provide them with a toll free number to reach you.

3. You Need a Fancy Phone System to Use Global Virtual Phone Numbers – Not true whatsoever. In fact, the calling features (such as unlimited auto attendants, advanced call forwarding, customized greeting, fax forwarding, voicemail to email, and more) that come with Global Virtual Numbers’ toll free global phone numbers make it seem as though you have a fancy PBX. All you need is a phone to accept your incoming calls.

4. You Need a Call Center to Handle International Virtual Phone Numbers – Obviously, if you have a high call volume, you’d likely need some sort of call center and staff to effectively handle those calls. That said, having a call center is not a requirement for using international virtual numbers. You can set up your international toll free number to ring to a single phone, simultaneously ring to multiple phones, ring to voicemail, and more.

5. You Need to Commit for Years or Else Pay Substantial Penalties – Times have changed in the highly competitive telecommunications industry. Today, it’s possible to get global toll free phone numbers on a no-contract, no-early-termination-fees basis. Whether you want to test market your services in another country, have a temporary need, or simply prefer to go month-to-month, there’s no long term commitment when you choose a Global Virtual Numbers plan.

Have these misconceptions been holding you back? Order a no-contract global virtual number today and start enjoying the benefits in a matter of minutes.

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