What is an International Virtual Number?

What is an International Virtual Number?

The range of business telephone services available can be overwhelming. For people outside the telephony industry, it can be hard to keep up with the constantly evolving technology and the terminology that goes with it. VoIP, virtual assistants, porting, virtual numbers — what do they all mean? 

Let’s take a closer look at virtual phone numbers. Virtual numbers offer a whole host of business benefits. So it’s worth taking the time to understand what they are and how they could help improve customer service, brand reputation and sales. There are many different types of virtual number. But for business owners and entrepreneurs who wish to reach out to new markets worldwide, an international virtual number is the best choice. Check out our handy guide below to find out all you need to know about international virtual numbers. 

What Is an International Virtual Number?

A virtual phone number, or “Direct Inward Dialling” (DID) number, is one not tied to a particular device. Instead, you can use the number to divert calls to any preferred device. There is no physical phone line associated with a virtual number.

An international virtual number allows a business to set up a number with a local area code for any city worldwide, regardless of the business’s location. Consumers will dial the “local” number and the call diverts to the chosen device, which could be in an office on the other side of the world. 

How Do International Virtual Numbers Work?

International virtual phone numbers work in the same way as any other type of virtual number. An individual or business selects a phone number service provider and purchases a virtual number. This number can be used with existing devices; there is no need to invest in additional hardware. By downloading an app, the user can manage their phone number using the software provided, including choosing where to divert calls to. 

When an individual dials the virtual telephone number, they transfer to the chosen destination. This could be a landline, mobile or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system in any destination worldwide. The virtual number operates as a call forwarding service. The caller will be unaware of this process occurring. It will appear to them as if they are calling a local phone number. 

How Can an International Virtual Number Benefit My Business?

There are several benefits that all types of virtual number provide to users. They allow businesses greater flexibility by enabling entrepreneurs to handle business on-the-go wherever they are. Virtual numbers operate without the need for specialist hardware, meaning businesses can upgrade their business phone system without the added expense of buying new devices. A company’s brand can also receive a considerable boost from a business number.  It lends them credibility, suggests they have a wide reach and shows they are established enough to have a presence in multiple locations. 

International virtual numbers offer all this, in addition to a unique set of benefits. They allow a business to establish a local presence in a target location. If a business owner has identified demand for their product or service in another country, they can easily reach out to prospective customers using a virtual international number — without the cost and hassle of setting up a physical office abroad. An international virtual number is also a great way to test the waters in a new location, before committing to setting up a brick and mortar store or office. Consumers will be much more likely to call an affordable local number than an international one for which their phone carrier could charge them a high fee. 

A company with an international presence appears more established, successful and trustworthy. Thus international virtual numbers can significantly improve a brand’s reputation, in turn leading to more sales and a healthier bottom line.

A virtual number will also save your business and customers money. International calls using a virtual number will cost a business much less than they would with a traditional phone carrier. The customer is also charged at the local rate.  An international toll-free number can increase incoming calls further still, as prospective customers are not charged for contacting you. This is a great way to enhance customer experience and increase sales. 

How do I Get an International Virtual Number?

City Numbers can set up your new international phone number the same day you order it (provided it is in stock). Visit the International Virtual Numbers page and select the country and city you wish to purchase a number for. We provide numbers in over 4000 cities worldwide. Select a number and enter your information. There are no lengthy contracts involved; the minimum term is for one month. Configure your number and away you go! 

We have designed the signup process to be as simple and efficient as possible.

An international virtual number could transform your business. Get a number today and start testing new markets, boost your brand and improve the customer experience. There’s no need for expensive hardware or complicated setups. Give your company global reach without the time and expense of setting up premises abroad and watch your business grow. 

Find out more about our Worldwide Virtual Numbers and explore the range of additional services we offer. If you have any questions about our services, please get in touch.

About audreyoh

She currently drives web CRO for j2 Global's Cloud Connect services, focusing on eCommerce, SaaS, and developing UX optimized content for both B2B and B2C users on all channels. She is a published freelance writer, independent filmmaker, and artist.
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