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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Virtual landlines: a guide for small businesses #StartUps

Virtual landlines FAQs

Still have some questions that need answering? We answer your questions below.

Why should I use a virtual number? 

Using a virtual landline number has a whole host of benefits. These include:

  • Use the same number on any device, wherever you are in the world
  • Improve your business’ professional image
  • Avoid the monthly costs of a traditional landline
  • Appeal to customers in a target location (using a local virtual landline number)
  • Benefit from VoIP features, including an auto-attendant, and call forwarding
  • Send voicemails to your email inbox

How do I set up a virtual landline voicemail?

You’ll need to do this through your provider. It’s relatively simple, and should include accessing your voicemail, entering your account details, and creating a voicemail password. 

Once this is done, your voicemail will be linked to the account you have with your virtual landline provider. You’ll then receive voicemails to your email address via this account. 

What is a VoIP phone system? 

A VoIP phone system uses the internet to make and receive calls, rather than the traditional landline. Because it’s a digital phone system, it also offers lots of smart call management features that allow companies to create sophisticated communication systems. 

What is the difference between VoIP and virtual landline systems? 

The two are very much interlinked. This is because both services use a virtual number. But what are the differences?

A VoIP phone system is far more sophisticated. While it does use a virtual number, this number is fixed, and linked to software that offers businesses things like an auto-attendant and call management. Essentially, customers use the same number throughout the entire call journey. 

A virtual landline number is a call forwarding number. It is linked to your mobile, or your current office number, and automatically forwards calls to your mobile or office phone system for a small charge. This means customers start the journey on your virtual number, and end it on your fixed number. 

Can I get a London number for my business when I sign up for a virtual number?

Yes, you can. In fact, you can get a number for any location within the UK, or even anywhere in the world. 

How much is a business landline?

The cost of a business landline depends on the type of phone system you require. There are four options:

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