New Virtual Numbers added October 2016

From Algeria to St Pierre and Miquelon and everything in between. Choose your number.

New Virtual NumbersGLOBAL VIRTUAL NUMBERS added October 2016
Algeria National • Kyrgyzstan Bishkek • Macao Mobile • Mali Bamako
Mauritius Mobile • Senegal National • Sri Lanka Mobile • Taiwan Taipei
Tajikistan Dushanbe • Tanzania National • Trinidad and Tobago National
Uganda National • Zimbabwe National • Macedonia Toll Free Mobile Enabled
Martinique Toll Free Mobile Enabled • Mayotte Toll Free Mobile Enabled
Nigeria Toll Free Mobile Enabled • Philippines Toll Free Mobile Enabled
Reunion Island Toll Free Mobile Enabled • St Pierre and Miquelon Toll Free Mobile Enabled

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Setting Up Business Offshore with Global Virtual Phone Numbers for USA and Canada

Since the global virtual phone number transfers the phone calls from USA or Canada to your designated phone in a different country, your existing office staff can handle the incoming calls.

North America MapIf your business serves a North American customer base but is located offshore, you’ll need a convenient way for customers to call you.

At the same time, you may not want them worrying about calling an office in the Caribbean, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Honduras, or wherever your office may happen to be.

Using global virtual phone numbers takes geographical phone number differences out of the equation, while also allowing for more robust communications between your customers and your customer and tech support staff.

How Global Virtual Phone Numbers for USA and Canada Work

A virtual phone number from another country looks and acts like a native phone number to callers from within that country. However, any calls made are automatically routed to a phone located elsewhere in the world.

For example, let’s say you’re running a financial consultancy located in Brazil with many of your clients living in USA. Rather than giving them your Brazilian phone number and expecting them to call you using international long distance, you could simply get a USA global virtual phone number. You can order either a toll free global virtual number for USA or choose a regional global virtual number such as for New York, Atlanta, Miami, or Los Angeles.

To the caller in the United States, or Canada as the case may be, it is not readily apparent that the global virtual phone number is for a business located in Brazil. If you use a city-specific global virtual phone number such as for Miami, Florida, it will appear as though your business has a local office in that city.

This is one of the least expensive ways to establish a local business presence. Since the global virtual phone number transfers the phone calls from USA or Canada to your designated phone in a different country, your existing office staff can handle the incoming calls. Similarly, you could also choose to have the global virtual phone numbers ring to a call center.

Over 30,000 virtual number options available for US and Canada

Below is sample of popular call forwarding routes that customers
use for their local Canada and US phone presence creation.
Calls can be diverted to any mobile or landline in any country.

Call forwarding from NY to Canada
New York area codes 716 Buffalo, 631 Montauk Point, 607 Ithaca,
212 New York City, 315 Newark, 845 Nyack, 845 Schenectady,
914 Westchester

Call forwarding from Washington DC to Canada
202 Washington DC

Call forwarding from Delaware to Canada
956 Delaware Newark, 302 Wilmington

Call forwarding from Florida to Canada
305 Miami, 786 Miami

Call forwarding from California to Canada
213 Los Angeles, 310 Beverly Hills, 949 Orange County, 408 San Jose
415 San Francisco, 909 Riverside, 805 Santa Barbara
818 San Fernando Valley, 619 San Diego

Call forwarding from Canada to U.S.
514 Montreal, 613 Ottawa, 416 Toronto, 581 Quebec, 778 Vancouver
204 Winnipeg, 226 Windsor, 306 Regina, 286 Niagara Falls
519 Kitchener, 902 Halifax, 226 Guelph, 780 Edmonton, 403 Calgary
289 Brampton, 587 Banff

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Who Pays for Any Associated Costs with Global Virtual Phone Numbers?

Global virtual phone numbers work much like traditional toll free phone numbers. The account holder pays for the call forwarding costs. If you get a toll free USA global virtual phone number, your callers will not incur any expenses whatsoever. On the other hand, if you get a regional USA global virtual phone number, your USA callers may incur local or long distance charges based on their locations in relation to the location associated with the phone number.

Global virtual phone number pricing plans vary as well. Our no-contract USA and Canada global virtual phone plans are a fantastic bargain for any offshore business that caters to an American or Canadian customer base. The more minutes you buy each month, the lower the per minute rate. There are no contracts, making ordering a global virtual phone number great for short-term and long-term projects alike.

Not only are these prepaid plans with some of the lowest per minute rates available for global virtual phone numbers, we use modern fiber optic PSTN telecommunications networks for exceptional sound quality and reliability. Getting started is easy and affordable. Sign up for a USA or Canada global virtual number today.

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International Conference Calls from Luxembourg

Hosting international conference calls from Luxembourg is easy and affordable with our pay-as-you-go plan.

Luxembourg CityWith its charming mix of medieval and modern buildings along with its prestige as a financial hub, you could find yourself in Luxembourg for business or for pleasure.

Luxembourg’s government recently announced its intentions to fund asteroid mining research, making Luxembourg even more attractive to those in the space and mining industries.

No matter why you may be in Luxembourg, there’s a good chance you’ll need to communicate with your family or business partners back home — or around the world. One of the easiest and most convenient options is to host international conference calls from Luxembourg. Below are a few tips that can help.

  • Evaluate your international conference calling options. Hotels often offer business services to their guests, but you may find that international conference calling is not an option. Even if it were, you can bet it would be offered at a premium price. If you’ll be working out of a corporate office of one of your Luxembourg-based colleagues, you may be able to use their teleconferencing system. However, the best option is to bring your own international conferencing call service along for the trip. Our pay-as-you-go Luxembourg international conferencing plan is perfect: it’s easy to use, has low rates, and is loaded with high quality advanced features.
  • Determine what you want to accomplish during your global conference calls. It’s important to have a clear goal for each call, invite the right people to join your conference call, schedule the call at a convenient time (this is tricky with a global audience), and actively manage the meeting. We recommend creating an agenda, using a world time zone map, and setting up alerts to help you stay on track.
  • Take advantage of international conference calling technology. Our Luxembourg conference calls are easy to schedule and initiate using standard telephones. They’re even easier if you download the free Connect app or use the online tools included in your online dashboard. You can schedule and join international conference calls with just a few taps or clicks, record your group audio calls with a button press, and even dial participants directly (which further reduces your costs) using the moderator dial-out function.

Hosting international conference calls from Luxembourg is easy and affordable with our pay-as-you-go plan. Since there are no contracts, you can sign up and use the service for the duration of your trip and then cancel when you return. In fact, you don’t even need to cancel your plan because if you do not use it, you will not incur any costs. Many of our users keep their plans and use as needed.

Since our international conference calling plan supports 60+ countries (100+ on our Expanded plan), you can host conference calls from virtually anywhere, not just Luxembourg — and you can have participants connect using local and toll free numbers specific to their countries.

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Remote Call Forwarding Numbers for Slovakia

Remote Call Forwarding SlovakiaRemote Call Forwarding | Slovakia. Slovakia is a high-income country of more than 5 million with a market-driven economy. It is also a full member of the European Union — and considered one of Europe’s most attractive locations for doing business according to EY.com‘s Doing Business in the Slovak Republic report.

If you plan on doing business in Slovakia, you’ll need to register your business with the Slovak Commercial register — and you should consider ordering Slovakia remote call forwarding numbers.

What are Slovakia Remote Call Forwarding Numbers and Why Do You Need Them?

A Slovakia call forwarding number allows you to receive calls in your own country from callers located within the Slovak Republic. To your callers, the phone number will look like any other phone number in the nation complete with the national code or toll free code (if you opt for toll free Slovakia remote call forwarding numbers).

Meanwhile, those calls will be instantly call forwarded to the phone of your choice within your home country or any other country in the world. For example, if you have a call center in Mexico, you could set up your toll free Slovakia call forwarding number so that it rings in your Mexican call center. Your callers will feel as if they’re dialing a business inside Slovakia, yet their calls will be answered in Mexico.

Why go through all this trouble? Imagine giving your Slovakian callers a direct phone number to reach your call center overseas. How many do you think would actually call you? Most will immediately recognize the number as not being local to Slovakia. With that recognition comes perceptions. Some will worry about the potential cost of calling your business overseas; others will be put off at the prospect of dialing a foreign company; others will be intimidated and worried about needing operator assistance to make the call; others might worry about time differences.

Instead of dealing with all of the objections, you could simply use a Slovakia remote call forwarding number.

Benefits of Slovakia Call Forwarding Phone Numbers

Both regional and toll free national call forwarding numbers are available for Slovakia. By choosing a Slovakia remote call forwarding number, your business can expect to receive numerous benefits such as:

  • A more professional, local appearance
  • More phone calls from Slovakian callers
  • Fewer objections to calling your overseas office or call center

Our global call forwarding plans are offered on a month-to-month basis with low per minute rates, no contracts, no cancellation fees, and a host of advanced features such as time of day routing, PBX features, automated voice response features, voice mail to email, and more. Optional call recording and rollover minutes are also available. In addition to all of our features and benefits, our Slovakia virtual phone numbers are routed over modern fiber optic networks for exceptional call quality no matter where you are in the world.

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France Virtual Number Remote Call Forwarding

Since the France call forwarding number looks just like any other phone number for French businesses, your callers will feel as if they’re dialing a business located in France.

Paris FranceFrance is the world’s fifth largest economy as of 2013, according to the U.S. Embassy. Not only is France thriving economically with a highly skilled workforce and strong agricultural industry, it is also the second largest trading partner in Western Europe and has a stable business climate that welcomes foreign investment.

If you’re researching France as a potential investment or market, consider getting a France remote call forwarding number.

Uses for France Remote Call Forwarding Numbers

France remote call forwarding numbers are used to:

  • Give French callers a local (or toll free) phone number for France to call. This remote call forwarding number is then call forwarded to the international phone number of your choice.
  • Create a local presence in France. Since the France call forwarding number looks just like any other phone number for French businesses, your callers will feel as if they’re dialing a business located in France. They do not need to be concerned about calling a business located elsewhere in the world or the costs associated with making international calls. With local ring tones, your phone calls will also sound just like any other call made in France.
  • Make low-cost international phone calls. This is an alternate use for remote call forwarding numbers in France, but it’s handy nonetheless. For example, if you are in France on business but need to report back to your main office in the United States, you could simply change the ring-to number for your France remote call forwarding number temporarily so that it rings to your main office in the U.S.. Not only does this connect the call to your international office without requiring operator assistance or incurring hefty international long distance fees, it allows you to take advantage of the low per minute international call forwarding rates of your France remote call forwarding plan.

Why Sign Up for a Remote Call Forwarding Plan Now?

Our virtual phone numbers, whether for France or anywhere else in the world, are available on a month-to-month basis. Whether you need a France remote call forwarding number for a single business trip, for a few months at a time, or for the long term, you can sign up for a predetermined “bucket” of minutes each month. As your needs change, you can either continue the plan, but with a higher or lower amount of minutes, or cancel it with no repercussions whatsoever. There’s no contract and no long-term commitment.

Meanwhile, when you are signed up and using your France remote call forwarding number, you can enjoy a full selection of advanced features such as advanced call forwarding, sequential forwarding, simultaneous ringing, auto attendant, voice mail to email, and more. Optional add-ons to your France remote call forwarding number include call recording and rollover minutes.

A variety of regional and toll free numbers for France are available. Sign up for a France remote call forwarding number today.

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ESTONIA Virtual Phone Numbers

Creating a virtual Estonia office with your international call forwarding numbers is a great way to overcome these objections and facilitate communications.

Tallin Estonia SkylineDid you know that Estonia ranks eighth in the world in terms of economic freedom — and number one in the European Union? This is according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.

The World Bank ranks Estonia in 17th place in the world in terms of “Ease of Doing Business.” Coupled with a stable government and moderate costs, it may make sense to explore the Estonian marketplace.

If you do, we highly recommend getting some Estonia virtual phone numbers as part of your business expansion. Here’s what you need to know about using virtual phone numbers in Estonia.

What are Estonia Virtual Phone Numbers?

Estonia virtual phone numbers are virtual numbers in the sense that they are not “tied” to a physical phone. Because they are virtual, you can assign them to ring to just about any phone in existence.

For example, you could have your Estonia virtual phone number ring to your main office, your mobile phone, or even your home or hotel phone. Moreover, the physical phone you designate as your “ring to” number can be located anywhere in the world — not just in Estonia.

Why Use an Estonia Virtual Phone Number?

Estonia virtual phone numbers look and act like regular Estonia telephone numbers. They’re available in toll free Estonia and Estonia national versions with the 372 national prefix.

Because they look like any other phone number local to Estonia yet ring to any phone in the world you designate, you can use these virtual phone numbers to create a local phone presence in Estonia.

For example, if you export goods to Estonia and would like your customers to be able to contact your office for customer service or technical support, they’ll appreciate a local or toll free number.

In fact, they may hesitate to call your office if you list a number in another country. Creating a virtual Estonia office with your international call forwarding numbers is a great way to overcome these objections and facilitate communications.

As you explore the Estonian marketplace, you may find it useful to share your Estonian virtual number with your new contacts, Estonian business partners, and local authorities. By giving them local phone numbers where you can be reached, you are also sending them a subtle message about your intentions.

That message is this: You are serious about doing business in Estonia! They will see that you’ve taken the time to set up a business presence in their country. They’ll also appreciate not having to make international long distance calls in order to speak with you once you’ve returned to your home country.

Getting virtual phone numbers for Estonia and other countries is easy. Our virtual phone number plans are available on a no-contract basis — and they’re loaded with features like time-of-day routing, local ring tones, HD audio quality, advanced call forwarding, advanced IVR/PBX, and more. Optional call recording and rollover minutes are also available.

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Setting Up Toll Free Virtual Numbers in Trinidad and Tobago

When your prospects and customers in Trinidad and Tobago see the toll free number, they’ll recognize it as being just like any other toll free business number in their country.

Trinidad HarbourAre you thinking about doing business in Trinidad and Tobago from afar? Home to just over 1 million residents, the CIA World Factbook notes that the Trinidad and Tobago region has one of the highest per capita incomes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Many businesses use virtual phone numbers in Trinidad and Tobago to set up a local presence yet keep their physical offices where they are. This is a great way to serve the Trinidad / Tobago market while keeping your costs low.

Do You Really Need a Local Office?

In many cases, the answer is no. For example, if you run an online store and will be shipping your goods to your customers in Trinidad and Tobago, it may not be necessary to rent office space and hire local employees. Likewise, digital services such as Web development or graphic design, can be delivered electronically — once again, there’s no need to have a brick and mortar presence.

If you’ll be using a local distribution network, you can still get away with an offshore office by using a toll free virtual phone number for Trinidad and Tobago to route customer calls to your call center.

How Trinidad and Tobago Toll Free Virtual Numbers Work

Let’s say that you’re a web developer based in Ireland who has decided to offer your services in Trinidad and Tobago. You realize that you don’t need an actual office in order to deliver your services, but you need to be able to speak with prospects and customers. You also know that most would hesitate to call you in Ireland. Thus, giving them your main phone number is not an option. What you need is a toll free Trinidad and Tobago virtual phone number that is set up to ring to your Ireland office.

When your prospects and customers in Trinidad and Tobago see the toll free number, they’ll recognize it as being just like any other toll free business number in their country. It will look familiar — and there will be no costs to the caller.

Meanwhile, when they do call you, your phone in Ireland will ring. You’ll be able to learn about their project requirements and answer questions as if you were right there in Trinidad or Tobago. Because our virtual numbers are routed over an HD quality fiber optic network, the call quality is exceptional. Unless you tell them you’re in Ireland, they’ll never know that they’ve just dialed internationally.

Benefits of Using Trinidad and Tobago Toll Free Virtual Numbers

  • Do business internationally without brick and mortar establishments
  • Create a local presence with a number that is familiar to Trinidad and Tobago
  • Look more professional with local and toll free virtual numbers
  • Change your ring-to number as needed
  • Use time-of-day call forwarding to fine-tune how your incoming calls are handled

These are but a few of the many benefits of using virtual numbers for Trinidad and Tobago. We bet you can add a few to the list.

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Cyprus Virtual Number Call Forwarding

Rather than establishing a second call center or even a branch office in Cyprus, you’d simply publish your Cyprus call forwarding number and forward those calls to your call center in Italy.

Cyprus is an island nation in the Mediterranean with a large population and a rich history. If you’re thinking of doing business with Cyprus, consider ordering Cyprus call forwarding as you explore the market opportunities.

What is Cyprus Call Forwarding?Cyprus Coast
Cyprus call forwarding is a way to route your calls from Cyprus to any phone in the world. When you get a Cyprus call forwarding number, your business will look as if it has a physical location in the country thanks to its local or toll free phone number. Yet, you’ll be able to receive those calls in any other country.

For example, let’s say you already have a well-staffed call center in Italy and would like to start serving customers in Cyprus. Rather than establishing a second call center or even a branch office in Cyprus, you’d simply publish your Cyprus call forwarding number and forward those calls to your call center in Italy.

Benefits of International Call Forwarding
Being able to establish a local presence in another country without investing in infrastructure or personnel is one of the biggest benefits of using international call forwarding numbers. However, it’s not the only one.

Other benefits include:
•    Affordable way to test the market — Not sure if the Cyprus market is a good fit for your business? Using Cyprus call forwarding numbers is a low risk choice, especially if you sign up for a pay-as-you-go Cyprus call forwarding number. With no contracts and no termination fees, you can test the market for a short term. If you decide to exit the market, you can cancel your number at any time with no negative repercussions.
•    Built-in flexibility — Many international entrepreneurs appreciate the flexibility of international call forwarding numbers. Since you can change the destination number at any time, you can route your incoming Cyprus calls to different phones as needed. For example, if you intend to personally handle all Cyprus call forwarding calls but work out of your home office on some days and your main office on others, you could change the ring-to number based on which office you are work from on any given day. Built-in “time of day” routing features are also included, allowing you to designate different phone numbers (or voice mail) based on the time of day the call is made.
•    Professional appearance — Cyprus call forwarding numbers include a variety of PBX-like features that immediately give your business an image boost. You will look and sound more professional when you take advantage of these features.
•    Optional features — Optional features, such as rollover minutes and call recording, are also available, allowing you to customize your Cyprus call forwarding account to best meet your needs.

If you do business with Cyprus, or are thinking about entering the market, adding a Cyprus call forwarding number is an affordable choice that can make a big difference in the success of your company.

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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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Botswana Virtual Numbers Make Perfect Business Sense

Botswana TwilightLocated in the southern portion of the African continent, Botswana is a stable democracy with over two million residents. The nation has two official languages: English and Tswana. Botswana’s economy is largely powered by the mining industry with gemstones and precious minerals in abundance. Large deposits of uranium were recently discovered.

Whether you’re in the mining, tourism, manufacturing, or services industry, if you do business with partners and customers in Botswana, you may find it advantageous to get Botswana virtual numbers to facilitate international communications.

What is a Botswana Virtual Number?

A Botswana virtual number is virtual in the sense that it is not physically tied to any given location or phone. When you order a virtual number, you will be prompted to select the “ring to” number, which is the number where any incoming calls will be forwarded to.

For example, if you set your Botswana virtual number to ring to your office in New York City, that’s where all of your calls from Botswana will ring.

It’s important to note that your Botswana virtual number looks and acts like any other toll free number in Botswana. Your callers within Botswana will not need to do anything special in order to reach your New York office. There are no Botswana exit codes or USA country codes to figure out and enter, and there are no worries about dialing a foreign country. In fact, your Botswana callers may not even realize that their phone calls are being answered on the other side of the Atlantic.

Because your number is virtual, you can also change its ring to number as needed. For example, if you’d rather have your London office handle all incoming calls from Botswana, you could change your ring to number to your London office’s number.

Our Botswana virtual numbers come with all kinds of features that you can use to get the most out of your service including:

  • Time of day routing
  • Optional call recording
  • Local ringtones
  • Forward-fax
  • Simultaneous ringing
  • Customized greeting and voicemail
  • Advanced voice response system
  • And much more

Month-to-month Botswana virtual number plans are available, all without contracts.

Why Use a Botswana Virtual Number?

We can think of many reasons to use a Botswana virtual number. Below are just a few:

  • Provide customers with a toll free means of reaching your main office or customer service center
  • Establish a local presence in Botswana without the expense of setting up a satellite office
  • Create a 24-hour toll free hotline
  • Centralize your customer service or tech support operations

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Should You Use One or Two Toll Free Belgium Virtual Phone Numbers to Accommodate Language Differences?

By using two Belgium virtual numbers, your customers will be immediately connected to a customer service representative who speaks the predominant language.

Antwerp BelgiumBelgium is an interesting European country whose population is divided into two main groups: the Dutch-speaking Flemish community and the French-speaking Walloon community.

Because of these language differences, establishing either one or two toll free Belgium virtual phone numbers may make sense for your business.

Why Use Two Toll Free Belgium Virtual Phone Numbers Instead of One?

When you establish a toll free virtual phone number in a country other than your own, it’s smart to set the destination “ring to” number to a specific phone line in your call center or office. That way, all calls coming from your virtual phone number in Belgium can be routed to a specific customer service representative who speaks the language and is familiar with the country’s nuances and business etiquette.

However, when you have callers from Belgium, you’ll need both French-speaking and Dutch-speaking representatives to field those calls. Having individual Belgium virtual phone numbers for the north (where Dutch is primarily spoken) and south (where French prevails) is one of the more efficient ways to divert the calls to the correct customer service representative.

Using Just One Belgium Virtual Phone Number

Having two Belgium virtual phone numbers does add some complexity to your marketing strategy as you’ll need to ensure that the appropriate virtual phone number is advertised in the appropriate geographical regions.

If you’d rather keep it simple with just one toll free virtual phone number for Belgium, you can definitely do so. Use the voice response system to prompt callers to select their language preferences. When callers who speak French call your Belgium toll free virtual phone number, they’ll be able to press “1” or “2” (depending on how you set up the IVR system) to be connected to a French-speaking agent. The same is true of callers who speak Dutch.

Which Option is the Best Option?

It’s ultimate up to you to decide which option makes the most sense for your business. Since there are two distinct language differences between the north and the south, you’d likely need to publish your marketing materials in different languages anyway. Having separate numbers for the north and south shouldn’t cause too much confusion amongst your marketing personnel.

The cost difference between maintaining one or two individual toll free virtual numbers for Belgium is minimal as you essentially pay by the minute.

Think about the customer experience as you decide. By using two Belgium virtual numbers, your customers will be immediately connected to a customer service representative who speaks the predominant language. This is more welcoming than an automated prompt, and it feels more local.

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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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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.

How will you use your Australian call forwarding service?

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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.

How have you been using international conferencing or virtual phone numbers in Africa?

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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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The Ultimate in Phone Portability – a Virtual Phone Number

Ensure your callers can reach you regardless of where you are or which physical phone you currently have access to.

Not too long ago, moving to a new home or office location meant abandoning your old phone number and getting a new one. Not only was getting a new phone number a hassle for you, it was also a hassle for all of your contacts who needed to change their records and automatic dialers. Businesses could convert their old main numbers to call forwarding numbers but tended to phase those out over time.

For residential users, VoIP and telephone number portability eventually arrived, opening the doors to taking your old phone number with you. Those options still exist, but a new option has emerged offering the ultimate in phone portability: the virtual phone.

Why Order a Virtual Phone?

A virtual phone is one that essentially resides in the so-called cloud. When you order a virtual phone, you are issued a phone number which you can then assign to ring to any other phone number in existence. Because you can change your virtual phone’s ring to number at will, you can take your virtual phone with you wherever you go. The possibilities are unlimited.

For example, you could use your virtual phone to:

  • Route calls to your mobile phone
  • Route calls to your home’s landline
  • Route calls to a hotel room phone when traveling
  • Route calls to your main office
  • Route calls to a back office line
  • Route calls to a temporary workspace phone
  • Route calls to a colleague’s phone
  • Make cheap international long distance calls by changing the ring to number
  • Route calls to a disposable cell phone when visiting another country
  • Use the virtual phone number’s calling features to create a virtual PBX system
  • Ensure your callers can reach you regardless of where you are or which physical phone you currently have access to

Where to Get a Virtual Phone

Due to its virtual nature, you’re not buying a physical phone per se but rather a call divert service that routes incoming calls to a designated phone number. aitelephone.com offers an affordable virtual phone service suitable for domestic and international call forwarding. Simply select an international virtual number that makes the most sense for you and sign up for a pay-as-you-go virtual phone plan.

Once established and configured, give your new virtual phone number to your contacts and let them know that they can use this number to reach you no matter where you may be. From there, you can use the online account management tool to change your ring to number as needed and change any personal preferences you wish.

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There’s no need to rent office space or hire a local representative. Instead, international call divert routes those calls to your existing office staff in your home country.

Using an international virtual phone number is a fantastic way to create a local business presence in countries where you do business.

It eliminates cost concerns and looks familiar. Your customers will feel more confident dialing a familiar looking phone number than they would feel if presented with an overseas phone number.

They may also feel more confident in your abilities to serve them because you don’t appear to be located on the other side of the Earth.

In addition to appearing local and eliminating cost concerns, an international virtual phone number can save you a great deal of money. There’s no need to rent office space or hire a local representative. Instead, international call divert routes those calls to your existing office staff in your home country.

Finally, international virtual phone numbers are extremely portable. You can set them up to ring to any phone, at any time.

For example, if you decide to travel to Dublin to meet with your clients in person, you could change your Dublin international virtual phone number’s ring to number to a temporary mobile phone that you buy once you arrive in Dublin.

Your clients could then reach you using the same phone number. Likewise, should your main call center need to go offline due to a natural disaster, you can use international call forwarding to route your international phone calls to a secondary call center located elsewhere.

Should you get an international virtual phone number? If you conduct business overseas, the answer is yes.

Call Divert Service Basics

Do you want to provide better service to your customers or remain readily accessible no matter where in the world you may happen to be? If so, using a call divert service is an excellent idea.

Here’s what you need to know to get started:

  • Start with a reliable call divert service provider – You will need a service provider who: supports the countries involved, offers robust virtual phone services, provides high quality connections, and offers good rates. If you intend to use your call divert service to divert international calls, you will need an international call divert service provider that supports those countries. If not, a domestic service should be fine. It’s also important to choose a service provider that uses a high quality telecommunications network to route your calls rather than substandard VoIP routing. Make sure your call divert service provider offers the features that matter to you as well such as time of day routing, local ring tones, or auto attendant. Look for flexible service plans such as pay as you go plans with no contracts, no minimums, and no early termination fees.
  • Configure your call divert service – Once you’ve ordered your call divert service plan, it’s time to configure it. The first task is to designate its primary ring to number. Remember, you can change this number at any time. Next, set up your voicemail greeting and any other features you intend to use.
  • Explore your international call divert features – Most call divert services include some sort of Web or phone-based interface, or both. Familiarize yourself with these tools so that you are completely comfortable using it. Learn how to change your ring to number on the fly so that you can get the most flexibility out of your service as possible. You may want to bookmark your online call divert dashboard or memorize the phone-based call forwarding commands.
  • Publish your virtual phone number – Now that you have your call divert service plan and are comfortable working with your new virtual phone number, start sharing your number with others. If you ordered the number as a means for your office staff to find you, let them know they should use this number to reach you until further notice. On the other hand, if you ordered your call divert service as part of a marketing initiative, start publishing that number. Add it to your website, Facebook page, advertisements, and so on.

With a pay as you go call divert service, you can continue using your virtual phone number for as long as you deem necessary. Some call divert users keep their numbers indefinitely while others use them to track a single advertising campaign. By choosing a pay as you go service, the choice is up to you.

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Stay in Touch While in another country with International Call Forwarding

In addition to booking flights, lodging, and various tours, make sure to add planning your communications to the list.

Stay in Touch with International Call ForwardingSummer will be here soon, making it important to begin planning your vacation. In addition to booking flights, lodging, and various tours, make sure to add planning your communications to the list.

After all, your cell phone may not work as expected when traveling overseas and high international calling costs could catch you off guard. Even if your cell phone does work, you could be subject to outrageous per minute international roaming fees.

By the time your bill arrives, it will be too late. Avoid this potentially costly problem altogether and stay in touch at the same time by using an international call forwarding service to divert your calls and lock in some of the most competitive rates in the world.

How to Make Low Cost International Calls When Vacationing or on assignment Overseas

First, you’ll need a means of calling your family, friends, business partners, and other parties back home. As mentioned earlier, your cell phone may not work overseas. Thus, you may want to buy a disposable cell phone locally once you arrive. However,  while a local cell phone will be useful for making and receiving local calls, on its own it doesn’t solve the challenge of low-cost calls home. You’ll need an international call forwarding number to do that.

For example, if you are traveling to Paris, France and need to call your office in the United States while you’re on vacation, order an international call forwarding number that’s local to Paris, France and then set up the “ring to” number so that it rings to your US office.

Whenever you need to call your office in the United States, simply dial the French call forwarding number on your cell phone. This call will be treated as a local call by the mobile phone carrier. You will be billed separately by the international call forwarding service at its low per minute rates.

If you don’t feel the need for a mobile phone, you can use this same strategy to avoid excessive international dialing costs imposed by French hotels. Again, order an international call forwarding number local to Paris, France and set the ring to number to the international phone line of your choice.

You can change the ring to number as often as you’d like. From your hotel’s perspective, these calls will be treated as Paris-to-Paris local calls. Thus, you’ll bypass the hotel’s international long distance charges.

How to Receive Low Cost International Calls When Overseas

What about your contacts back home? How will they get in touch with you? Whether you want to ensure that your immediate family can reach you no matter where you go or you have an international business deal that requires you to be on call, setting up a global call forwarding number will do the trick.

In this case, you’ll create a global call forwarding number that’s local or toll free for your contacts back in the United States. Give them this number and let them know that it can be used to reach you while you’re on vacation. You’ll need to set the ring to number so that it rings to your hotel room or disposable cell phone at each destination.

Though setting up multiple international call forwarding numbers and managing their ring to numbers does take a bit of work, it can slash your international communications costs dramatically.

If you need to stay in touch while traveling overseas, international call forwarding is an affordable way to do it. Best of all, month-to-month, pay-as-you-go plans are available with no long term contracts or early termination penalties.

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3 International Call Forwarding Tips for Budget Conscious Businesses

For example, if your main office is located in Barcelona, Spain and you will be spending a week in Beijing, China, you could order an international call forwarding number local to Beijing and configure its ring to number to ring to your office in Barcelona.

3 International Call Forwarding Tips for Budget Conscious BusinessesWhether you’re an entrepreneur on a budget or an executive tasked with reigning in costs, international call forwarding can play a role in your business plans.

Global call forwarding numbers are readily available for hundreds of countries around the world, and you can use them in a variety of cost-effective ways.

Here are three tips for using  international call forwarding to trim costs and stay in touch.

1. Creating an international presence around the globe. Whether your main office is located in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, or Africa, you can help customers and business partners connect with you by ordering local toll free phone numbers for the countries of your choice and then forwarding those calls to your main office. These international call forwarding numbers give your business the appearance of having a local office; however, you do not need to operate a physical office. Instead, your staff answers the phone at your main office or at a call center located elsewhere. Time-of-day routing, local ringtones, and other features can be used to enhance the experience.

2. Making low-cost international phone calls while traveling. In addition to using international call forwarding numbers to route global calls to a central location, many business professionals order personal call forwarding numbers to use to make low-cost international phone calls while traveling. For example, if your main office is located in Barcelona, Spain and you will be spending a week in Beijing, China, you could order an international call forwarding number local to Beijing and configure its ring to number to ring to your office in Barcelona. Whenever you need to reach your office while in Beijing, you’d simply dial a local number (thus avoiding high international long distance costs and hotel surcharges) and be billed according to the rates offered by your international call forwarding service provider.

3. Remaining available while traveling. Unless you have a pricey global satellite phone, traveling from one country to the next usually means that your mobile phone may or may not work due to cellular network differences. Even if your mobile phone does work in a foreign country, international roaming charges may make communications cost-prohibitive.

While you could let everyone know your hotel phone numbers, this is an impractical solution that requires a great deal of coordination. Plus, you won’t be at your hotel room the entire time. A better option is to order an international call forwarding number in advance, give that number to anyone who will need to call you while you’re gone, and then set it up to ring to voicemail temporarily. Once you arrive at your destination, purchase a no-contract cell phone and then re-configure your international call forwarding number so that it rings to your new cell phone. Repeat as needed as you travel from one country to the next.

International call forwarding is a low-cost solution to several business challenges. Whether you need a temporary phone number in a foreign country or want to build an international presence for your business, affordable global call forwarding plans are available on a month-to-month basis with no long term contracts or early termination penalties.

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What You May Not Know About International Call Forwarding

For example, if the person who usually handles all incoming calls from Italy calls in sick, you could change the ring to number for your Italian call forwarding number to ring to another qualified, Italian-speaking person in your company.