Virtual Assistant Takes Incoming Calls from USA Using Virtual Phone Numbers

Initially, the virtual number is set up to ring to the number you assigned as the destination number when placing your service request.

Virtual AssistantVirtual Assistant used by business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers handle a variety of tasks ranging from graphic design, social media, and proofreading to transcription, taking meeting notes, and even answering phone calls.

In today’s ever-connected world, these tasks can be completed remotely. In fact, many virtual assistants are located overseas. Depending on the locations involved and the times of day your assistant is available for work, it may make sense to forward your calls after hours.

For example, let’s say you’re located in Los Angeles, California and have been working with an assistant based in the Philippines. When it’s 5:00 pm in Los Angeles, it’s 8:00 am in the Philippines, making it perfect for her to handle your incoming calls once you call it a day. Whether you train her to provide customer service or simply act as an answering service is up to you. Either way, you’ll need a convenient, affordable way for her to take your incoming calls, and the process will need to be seamless for your callers. Fortunately, this is easier than you may think.

Here’s how to set up your overseas assistant to take your incoming phone calls from the United States.

Virtual Assistant Getting USA-Philippines Phone Number

  1. Obtain an international virtual phone number for your business that’s local to the USA. You have many options here including choosing a local number (such as Los Angeles phone number with the 213 prefix in this example) or a toll-free number for the USA. Choose whichever number type makes the most sense for your business and customers. Remember, to your callers, your virtual USA phone number will look and act just like any other USA phone number. Your callers will not perceive the phone number as one that rings to the Philippines, which typically take the following format: 63-0x-xxxxxxx.
  1. Choose the country where your virtual assistant is located from the list, in this case, the Philippines. Enter your assistant’s phone number when prompted. This will be your “ring to” or “destination” number. Any calls made to your virtual number will be set up to ring to this phone number in the Philippines according to the schedule that you’ll set up shortly.
  1. Choose the plan with the appropriate number of monthly minutes you expect to use each month. Since our USA – Philippines virtual phone numbers are offered without a contract, you can upsize or downsize your plan as your needs change, or even cancel it without a penalty. You can even change the ring to number or country should you decide to use a different overseas virtual assistant in a different country take over.

There are a few optional features you may want to consider including rollover minutes, SMS text messaging, and call recording.

Setting Up Your Virtual Assistant Calling Features

Once you’ve made your selections and have activated your account, you can now set up your virtual phone number in a variety of ways.

Initially, the virtual number is set up to ring to the number you assigned as the destination number when placing your order. You can change this as needed as well as set up “time of day” routing so that calls are routed to specific phone numbers based on the time of day the calls are made. You could also set up your virtual number so that an auto attendant greets the callers and then prompts them to make certain choices such as speak to a live representative, leave a voicemail, or get recorded directions to your office. Each of these features is easy to use and can be managed and changed via an online portal.

As you can see, the possibilities are virtually endless. Low per minute rates and month-to-month plans make virtual phone numbers an excellent option when working with overseas virtual assistants.

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Get Ready for the 2016 Olympics with a Brazil Virtual Number

We offer affordable buckets of minutes for our Brazil virtual phone numbers.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil OlympicsBrazil state-owned tourism agency, Embratur, estimates that 380,000 foreign tourists from around the world will travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympics. If you’re one of them, you’ve got a lot of planning to do including booking a flight and hotel, arranging local transportation, and getting tickets to the games.

One thing you may not have considered — but is highly recommended — is getting a Brazil virtual phone number so you can stay in touch both locally and internationally.

What is a Brazil Virtual Phone Number?

A virtual phone number is one that has no physical limits; you can assign it to forward all incoming calls to any phone including your mobile phone, office phone, hotel room phone, and so on.

With a Brazil virtual phone number, you can get either a toll free or city-specific virtual phone number and then designate your main USA phone number as the ring-to number initially. This is helpful when making arrangements from a distance as it gives your local contacts in Brazil an easy way to reach you or return your calls as you plan your trip.

How You Might Use a Brazil Virtual Number

For example, if you get a Rio de Janeiro virtual phone number, callers in Rio de Janeiro would call you just as they would call any other number in the city. They do not need to dial an exit code, international country code, or complicated international number. They’ll incur only local costs, if any, depending on where they are calling from.

When you arrive in Brazil, you can then change your ring-to number to your local phone number such as your hotel room number or disposable mobile phone. Instead of juggling multiple local phone numbers as you move from one city to the next during your stay, you can simply set up your Brazil virtual phone number so that it rings to the appropriate phone.

Another great potential use for your virtual phone number once you arrive in Brazil is to use it to make cheap and easy phone calls back home. With this option, you’d use any local phone, such as your hotel room phone, to call your family, friends, and business associates back home. Simply change your ring-to number to the number you are trying to call and then dial your Brazil virtual phone number.

This will keep you off your hotel’s pricey international long distance service, and save you from trying to figure out how to dial out of Brazil. Plus, you’ll get the same low international call forwarding rates you’re entitled to based on your virtual phone number plan.

How Our Brazil Virtual Number Plans Work

We offer affordable buckets of minutes for our Brazil virtual phone numbers. Simply pick toll free or the desired Brazilian city and choose the plan with the right amount of minutes for the month. This is a no-contract, month-to-month plan, making it ideal for using during the Summer Olympics or any other short- or long-term purpose.

In addition to competitive rates, our virtual numbers are loaded with advanced features like voicemail, voicemail to email, fax forwarding, sequential call forwarding, simultaneous ringing, and advanced PBX features. The sound quality is exceptional as all incoming calls are routed over modern, state-of-the-art fiberoptic PSTN networks.

If you’re heading to Brazil in the near future, take a look at our virtual number plans and find out just how affordable international phone calls can be.

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SOUTH AFRICA Virtual Phone Numbers

Do you want your clients in South Africa to feel as if they’re dialing a business in the same town or country? A Cape Town, Durban, East London, or Johannesburg virtual phone number will do just that.

Cape Town South AfricaAccording to South Africa’s Institute of Export, South Africa’s combination of a First World economic infrastructure and a vibrant emerging market economy make it a sophisticated and promising market.

The Institute of Export also reports that South Africa has been making tremendous strides since 1994 toward becoming a major contributor to international markets. If you plan on doing business in South Africa, one excellent step forward that you can make is to order South Africa virtual phone numbers.

What Can a South Africa Virtual Phone Number Do for Your Business?

While you’ll obviously need South Africa virtual numbers once your business has officially been launched, we recommend getting your virtual numbers as soon as possible. The cost is minimal, yet the benefits robust.

For example, by giving your local business partners a local South Africa virtual phone number to reach you, you are sending a signal to them that you are serious about working with them on their turf.

Your virtual phone number makes it appear as though you already have an office in South Africa.

How You Can Use Virtual Phone Numbers in South Africa

There are several use cases for virtual phone numbers. A few include the following:

  • Using virtual phone numbers to establish a local business presence. Do you want your clients in South Africa to feel as if they’re dialing a business in the same town or country? A Cape Town, Durban, East London, or Johannesburg virtual phone number will do just that. If you prefer to use a toll free number for South Africa, you can order a toll free virtual number as well.
  • Using virtual phone numbers to look more professional. Your South Africa virtual phone number can help a smaller business appear larger or more professional — especially if you opt for a toll free virtual number. Our virtual numbers include valuable features that help build your credibility such as simultaneous ringing, sequential ringing, automated voice response systems, auto attendants, advanced routing, and more.
  • Using virtual phone numbers to make cheap international phone calls. While you may have a South Africa virtual phone number in order to help your local business partners or customers reach you internationally, you could also occasionally use it to make cheap international phone calls while visiting the country. For example, if you’re closing a deal in South Africa but need to call home, you could change the ring to number so that it rings to your home phone then dial the South Africa virtual number. This connects your call to your home phone, allowing you to avoid your hotel’s hefty connection and international long distances fees. Instead, you’ll pay your regular low per minute rates for your South Africa virtual phone number.

Our South Africa virtual phone numbers are offered on a no contract basis. Whether you need a temporary South Africa virtual phone number while you explore the market or intend to keep it for the long term, you’ll find that our plans are both affordable and scalable — and they’re loaded with the advanced features you need.

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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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Using Virtual Phone Numbers in Switzerland

You likely know how important it is for overseas consumers to have a local number to call should they need assistance or want to place an order.

Switzerland BernWith its high income and population of more than 8 million consumers, Switzerland is an attractive market for many businesses.

Swiss consumers tend to place a premium on quality, making the country a good market for luxury and upscale brands.

According to the World Economic Forum, Switzerland was the world’s most competitive economy in 2014-2015.

Following Switzerland were Singapore, USA, Finland, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden.

If you’re thinking of entering the Switzerland market, you’ll need to do your market research and explore your options. To aid in your expansion, consider ordering virtual phone numbers in Switzerland.

Available Virtual Phone Numbers in Switzerland

As of this date, 10/24/2015, below is a screen capture of available Switzerland virtual numbers.

Switzerland Virtual Numbers

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How Virtual Phone Numbers in Switzerland Can Help Your Business

You likely know how important it is for consumers to have a local number to call should they need assistance or want to place an order.

In fact, should you decide to enter the market, you’ll likely order virtual phone numbers for Switzerland to ensure that your marketing efforts pay off and that you are able to assist customers.

However, we recommend ordering your virtual phone numbers before you formalize your business expansion plan. Here’s why:

  • Virtual phone numbers for Switzerland are incredibly affordable. We offer entry level month-to-month plans with no contracts that can grow as your business grows. Starting now with a Switzerland virtual phone number won’t cost you much, and you can cancel at any time without penalties. Should you decide not to enter the market, simply cancel your virtual phone numbers without concerns about breaking a contract or incurring hefty early termination penalties.
  • Virtual phone numbers look local to the Swiss. As you interact with Swiss authorities, potential suppliers, local business partners, and others in the country, give them your Switzerland virtual phone number and call forward it to your mobile or office phone. They’ll see that you have a Switzerland phone number and will perceive you as being serious about doing business in their country.
  • Giving your contacts in Switzerland a virtual phone number also makes it easy for them to contact you as needed. No matter where in the world you might be, they can dial a local or toll free number for Switzerland and reach you. They do not need to worry about where in the world you might be, dialing international long distance, or incurring costs. They simply dial a local number, and you answer.

Virtual numbers for Switzerland can make entering a new market a little bit easier, and they can demonstrate that you are very serious about creating a long-term business relationship in the country. Our virtual phone numbers are affordable, high quality — and they’re available without a contract.

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FINLAND Virtual Phone Numbers

One of the best ways to accomplish international communications between contacts in Finland and your international office is by using Finland virtual phone numbers.

Helsinki Church Finland Like Switzerland, Finland is one of the world’s most competitive economies according to the World Economic Forum. If you’re thinking about doing business in Finland with operations in another country, you’ll need a convenient way for your Finnish customers and local business contacts to contact you.

One of the best ways to accomplish international communications between contacts in Finland and your international office is by using Finland virtual phone numbers.

A Finland virtual phone number is a unique type of international call forwarding number. It looks like any other local or toll free phone number in Finland, and your Finnish callers won’t need to do anything special in order to call you using it. They’ll simply dial the number just as they would any other local or toll free number in Finland.

Meanwhile, the virtual phone number will be call forwarded to the phone number of your choice — no matter where in the world that phone might be. Behind the scenes, we use PSTN fiber optic networks to route your virtual phone number to your international ring to number for the finest audio quality possible. Your calls will be crystal clear despite distances covered or oceans crossed.

With a virtual number in Finland, you can conduct business in the country without having to have a physical presence. This can save you on office space, local payroll costs, and more. You can even use time-of-day routing features to specify exactly how each call will be handled based on the actual time of day it is in Finland.

For example, for calls that take place during normal business hours in Finland, you’d likely want to have live agents answer those calls. Thus, you’ll set up your ring-to number during business hours to one where you have live customer service representatives handling the calls (such as an international call center). If calls arrive after hours, you can set up your Finland virtual phone numbers so that those calls go to voice mail or an automated voice response system.

Virtual phone numbers aren’t just for handling customer inquiries. In fact, many of our customers use virtual phone numbers to communicate with vendors, local authorities, business partners, family members, and friends in Finland. Virtual phone numbers are an affordable way to stay in touch with those living in Finland. Rather than expecting them to dial an international number in order to reach you in another country, simply give them your local Finland number. This keeps their costs down and overcomes perceptions about making international phone calls.

Our per minute rates are extremely competitive, and all of our virtual phone numbers are available on a month-to-month basis with no contracts. You can cancel at any time, making using Finland virtual phone numbers a convenient option for short-term needs.

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Setting Up Virtual Phone Numbers for Iceland

As you set up your export business, you’ll meet with various partners in Iceland such as local distributors, authorities, warehouse managers, and suppliers.

Iceland PortThough Iceland has one of the smallest populations in the Baltic and Nordic region, it is one of the top 15 countries as far as per capita income goes in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Iceland is also ranked by the World Bank in 13th place for “Ease of Doing Business.” To further Iceland’s attractiveness as an export destination, the country has limited consumer goods manufacturing capacity. If you’re thinking of exporting goods to Iceland, consider establishing a local presence by setting up virtual phone numbers for Iceland at the same time.

Iceland Virtual Phone Numbers Defined

A virtual phone number is one that is not locked into a specific phone such as a landline or mobile phone. Rather, you designated which phone your Iceland virtual number rings to at any given time — and you can change this ring to number as often as you’d like.

In the case of an Iceland virtual phone number, the number itself would be an Icelandic toll free number that works within Iceland but forwards to any phone number in the world that you designate as its ring to number. For example, if you have a call center in the United Kingdom, your callers in Iceland would dial a toll free number for Iceland, yet their calls would be routed to your call center in the UK.

Use Cases for Iceland Virtual Phone Numbers

You can use your Iceland virtual phone numbers in several ways. Below are two of the more common scenarios for exporters to Iceland:
• Establishing an Icelandic “branch office” — Not sure you want to rent office space in Iceland? It’s not necessary to staff a local office when you get virtual numbers. Simply order a virtual phone number for Iceland and set it up so that all of your calls are forwarded to the phone number of your choice.

From the callers’ perspective, they’re dialing a local business located in Iceland. The toll free number looks and acts just like any other toll free number in the country. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, it rings to another country.

Demonstrating your commitment to the Icelandic market

As you set up your export business, you’ll meet with various partners in Iceland such as local distributors, authorities, warehouse managers, and suppliers.

By providing these locals with an Iceland phone number, you are demonstrating that you are committed to entering the Icelandic market and making your business venture a success. At the same time, you are removing potential barriers to communicating with these local partners. They won’t think twice about dialing a toll free number should they have questions, want to place an order, or need to speak with you.

Sample list of Iceland companies:

A.G Sjávarafurðir
About Fish ehf
Actavis Group hf
Aðalbjörg sf
AGR
Agricultural Authority of Iceland
Agricultural University
agustson Ltd.
Air Iceland
Akraborg
Alasund Shipbroker
Alcan Iceland Ltd
Almenna verkfræðistofan hf.
Anna Guesthouse
Applicon ehf.
Arctic Comfort Hotel
Arion Bank hf.
Arni Magnusson Institute
Aseta Ltd
ASI Artgallery
Asíaís ehf.
Association of Chartered Public Accountants in Iceland
Association of Consulting Engineers
Association of Icelandic Fur Farmers
Atlantic Leather
Atlas Ísgata
Atson
Aurora Tours
AVIS Car Rental
Álafoss ehf.
Árbæjarsafn – Minjasafn Reykjavíkur
Ásver hf
Átak Car Rental

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Kenya Virtual Phone Numbers

Your Kenya international virtual numbers will remove barriers to calling you.

Nairobi Traffic KenyaKenya has one of the strongest market-based economies in East Africa, making it attractive to many businesses.

If you’re thinking of expanding your market into Kenya, international virtual numbers can play an important role in your expansion strategy. Below are a few examples of how you might use Kenya international virtual numbers.

Start Networking with Local Partners

You’ll likely make a few in-country visits as you explore the Kenyan market. You may need to tour local distribution centers or meet with local suppliers. By having a Kenya international virtual number printed on your business cards, you are giving your potential partners a convenient, local way to contact you at any time — even if you are located on the other side of the world.

Your Kenya international virtual numbers will remove barriers to calling you. For example, if you give your Kenyan partners your phone number for your office in Indonesia, they may balk at calling you because the number looks different from what they’re accustomed to dialing — or they may worry about how much it will cost to call you.

In contrast, they won’t blink an eye if you give them a local or toll free number for Kenya.

Use Your Kenya International Virtual Number to Make Cheap International Calls When Visiting Kenya

While you’re in Kenya, you’ll likely need to call home occasionally. Rather than dealing with an international operator or calling card, simply change your virtual number’s “ring to” number to the phone number you’d like to call, and then dial the local Kenya virtual number. You’ll gain access to our PSTN network — and our low international calling rates.

Set Up Your Office to Receive Customer Calls from Kenya

Finally, once you’re ready to begin marketing your goods and services to the Kenyan marketplace, you’ll want to order a toll free international virtual number for your customers to call when they have a question, want to place an order, or require technical support. Again, you can set the virtual number’s ring to number to just about any phone number in the world. This could be your main office, a third party call center, or the home phone number for your home-based customer service representative who will be handling incoming calls from Kenya.

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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 Virtual Number Number Database

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.

Haifa Israel

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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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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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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Uses for Uzbekistan Virtual Phone Numbers

Use automatic call recording to evaluate the performance of your staff, record contract negotiations, record customer complaints, and more.

Samarkand Registan Square Uzbekistan Wondering how you can use Uzbekistan virtual phone numbers to improve your business relationships with others?

Below are a few use cases for virtual numbers in Uzbekistan.

Facilitating cross-border relationships — The landlocked Republic of Uzbekistan is surrounded by five countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan), making the use of Uzbekistan virtual phone numbers an essential tool for any local businessperson doing business with the country’s neighbors.

  • By establishing virtual phone numbers for each of these countries, you can more easily receive customer inquiries, business calls, and other calls from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. Your Uzbekistan virtual phone numbers would look like local numbers to your international callers. However, they would actually ring to your office in Uzbekistan.
  • Creating a sophisticated “PBX” phone system — Our virtual phone number plans include sophisticated features such as advanced interactive voice response, customized greeting, local ringtones, select country forwarding, voicemail, sequential call forwarding, and more. You can set up your Uzbekistan virtual phone numbers to best meet your business needs — and have the flexibility to take your entire PBX with you as your needs change. There’s no hardware to buy, yet you get many of the same advanced features.
  • Keeping a voice record of your interactions — An optional call recording feature is available with Uzbekistan virtual phone numbers. With this feature enabled, you can set up your virtual phone number to automatically record all incoming calls (or a percentage of them). With automatic call recording, you don’t have to remember to record your calls. Use automatic call recording to evaluate the performance of your staff, record contract negotiations, record customer complaints, and more. Because laws vary from one government to the next, you may want to research the legal requirements for recording incoming calls with the countries involved. In general, it is considered a good practice to disclose call recording and its intended purpose. This can be done via your virtual phone number’s custom greeting feature.
  • Setting up an Uzbekistan presence — If you operate a business outside of Uzbekistan, virtual phone numbers can be used to receive calls from people within the country. For example, let’s say that your main office is in Australia but you are selling goods and services to customers in Uzbekistan. With an Uzbekistan virtual number, your customers can dial a toll free number for Uzbekistan yet reach your team in Australia — all without having to dial international country codes or worry about the cost of the call. Having a toll free Uzbekistan virtual number makes your business appear as though it is operating inside the country. This is a fantastic way to serve a market without having to invest in office space, local staff, and extensive travel.

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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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Tips for Doing Business in the Bahamas with Toll Free Virtual Phone Numbers

For instance, if you have a call center in Florida that handles your Bahamas phone calls and a hurricane forces it to shut down for a few days, you could quickly and easily change the ring to number to your call center in another region of the world.

Bahamas FlagThinking of exporting to the Bahamas or even setting up shop on the island nation?

There’s a lot to do including (but not limited to):  researching your market, getting a business visa, registering your business, and ordering virtual Bahamas phone numbers.

Assuming you’ve done all the legwork and have decided that it makes sense to establish a business presence in the Bahamas, you’ll want to order virtual phone numbers so that your customers and business partners can easily contact you without concerns about dialing internationally.

Why Get Virtual Toll Free Bahamas Phone Numbers

Why order virtual Bahamas phone numbers when you could simply use your existing toll free phone number? While the Bahamas has a thoroughly modern and fully automatic telecommunications system, toll free numbers are not international.

In other words, if you have a toll free number in the United Kingdom, callers from the Bahamas will not be able to use it. What you actually need is a Bahamas toll free virtual number that is set up to ring to the phone of your choice anywhere else in the world.

A toll free virtual Bahamas number will also give your company a local appearance. It will look just like any other toll free number for the Bahamas, complete with the same dialing conventions. There are no international country codes or exit codes to dial, and no confusion on the part of your callers.

Virtual toll free numbers for the Bahamas can be changed on the fly so that they ring to any phone you designate.

For example, if you have a call center in Florida that handles your Bahamas phone calls and a hurricane forces it to shut down for a few days, you could quickly and easily change the ring to number to your call center in another region of the world.

Are your operations on a smaller scale? Even if you run a one-person shop, you could benefit from a virtual Bahamas call forwarding phone number. For example, you could set it up to ring to your home office or mobile phone.

If you travel frequently but need to be able to accept calls from the Bahamas seamlessly, you could change the ring to number so that it rings to your hotel room or temporary mobile phone number when you arrive at a new destination.

Many nations are encouraging businesses to export to the Bahamas, including the United States. Not only that, the Bahamas government offers some enticing incentives that may apply. With its stable democratic environment, proximity to the United States, and variety of market opportunities, exporting to the Bahamas may make sense for your business.

If it does, give yourself an advantage by establishing a virtual toll free number as soon as possible. They’re affordable and readily available. Plus, you can establish a Bahamas toll free virtual number without a long-term contract, making it ideal for testing the waters.

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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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