How to get a virtual phone number and what benefits it brings for travelers.

June 26, 2023

Key features of virtual phone numbers

These numbers function almost the same way as the regular ones but with one specific difference. What happens when you call someone on the phone? First, the signal goes to the nearest cell tower, then to the station next to the addressee. Then the station allocates a free voice channel. It goes the same way when you use a virtual phone number, but the signal goes to the cloud PBX instead of the cell tower. The presence of the Internet is the main condition for such a number to function.

So, basically when you get a virtual phone number it works as an analogue of an additional SIM card but with no need to install it physically. In addition, one such number can be attached to several devices at once.

What use can be made of it

The technology offers a huge variety of fields where it can be applied. Virtual numbers work through mobile applications. With the help of them you can:

  • Turn a number on and off at any time.
  • Permit only incoming calls or only outgoing calls.
  • Send messages.
  • Set up forwarding: you will be called to a virtual number, and you will be able to receive calls on the main one. In this case, the main one will be hidden.

These are basic functions that enable users to receive certain benefits when using the technology.

Running a business

When you have a lot of clients and receive all the calls to one regular number, a client will get on a busy line, listen to beeps in the receiver, get annoyed and leave. You can connect several numbers to a virtual PBX and set up forwarding to different lines. The client will immediately get to a free assistant without a long wait on the line. Moreover, when office staff work remotely (for example, due to a pandemic) you can make the main company number virtual and give all employees access to it, in order not to connect them to different numbers instead of one landline. And so permanent customers won't lose you, and you don't have to buy new SIM cards.

Site registration

You register in a new service, for example, food delivery, and are worried that the database will be hacked or scammers will find out the number. In this case, you can leave a virtual number on the site. Even if it is attacked by spammers, it is easy to deal with by putting a ban on incoming calls and turning it back on only if you are waiting for a call from the courier.

For social networks and dating sites

If you think that it is too early to give a personal number to new acquaintances, you can always give a virtual one and not be afraid for your privacy.

A convenient tool for traveling

Calling from abroad or from where there is no connection is also more convenient from a virtual number. You have arrived at your destination, you have not yet managed to buy a local SIM card, but the hotel has Wi-Fi. If friends and relatives do not use instant messengers, you can call them from a virtual number and say that everything is fine.

So, virtual numbers have plenty of advantages:

  • They free users from searching for a communication store abroad and acquiring a physical SIM card from a local provider.
  • They allow you to receive calls on several devices at once.
  • Virtual numbers make it possible to separate private and business calls.
  • They also ensure the privacy and anonymity of users if needed. For example, if you don’t want someone to know your private number you can give them a virtual one and block it any time you wish.
  • They cost far cheaper than a regular local SIM card or roaming.

The only drawback is that virtual numbers work only if there is internet.

How to get a virtual phone number

The whole procedure of acquiring a virtual phone number is rather simple:

  • First of all you should find a reliable provider and choose the most convenient tariff from the offers. There is also an option to choose a certain local domain as well.
  • Then visit the official web-site or install the app.
  • Set up your personal account.
  • Acquire a virtual phone number and choose the most suitable settings.
  • Register on various sites and services and use it for incoming and outgoing calls and to send and receive messages.
  • Inactivate the number if there is a need.

To summarize, using a virtual phone number carries a lot of conveniences for travelers for a number of reasons. Its options allow you to keep in touch with friends and family and exchange business calls and messages on more profitable terms than local tariffs or roaming and have certain privacy and anonymity.

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Carlos Diaz
I believe in making the impossible possible because there’s no fun in giving up. Travel, design, fashion and current trends in the field of industrial construction are topics that I enjoy writing about.

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