virtual phone number

A virtual phone number is a telephone number is used to route calls to the user's actual phone number or numbers. Virtual phone numbers are often used to enable long distance service without incurring long distance charges in IP telephony and for call forwarding services, such as find me / follow me.

A virtual phone number makes it possible for someone within a specified area code call an IP telephony user in another area code as if it were a local call. Here's how it works: A VoIP (voice over IP) customer asks their service provider to assign them a virtual phone number within a desired area code. When someone in that area code dials the virtual phone number, the call registers as if it were local, but seamlessly maps to the customer's actual telephone number. VoIP service providers, such as Vonage, typically charge customers a small monthly fee for each virtual phone number.

In find me / follow me, a user may be assigned a virtual phone number. When that number is dialed, the call may be routed among a number of phone numbers at various locations.

This was last updated in March 2008

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i make more than 10 international calls every day from  Australia to The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island my phone bill was skyrocketing then i consider to try VoIP for some time then i compare the bills of both the difference is clearly visible
Our company has been using the services of Vonage for several years. I don't know why, but now the management has decided to switch to the services of another provider - Hottelecom. As for me, nothing has changed much, maybe the reason is the lower cost. We purchase voip toll free numbers here.