As you may be aware, cloud computing has enabled new forms of telecommunications for businesses and individuals. Enabled by VOIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, it is now possible to harness the power and possibilities of the Internet for telecommunications. This has resulted in VOIP numbers, which are phone numbers that route calls through the Internet for enhanced functionality – especially for international communication.
Let’s cover how forwarding numbers with VOIP works, the benefits of VOIP numbers, and what types of VOIP numbers are available for subscribers to Global Call Forwarding’s comprehensive telecom services.
How Forwarding Numbers to VOIP Works
Essentially, when a VOIP number is called, the call is routed through the Internet and seamlessly reproduced on a subscriber’s destination phone number. Audio data is converted into digital packets of information. These are instantly transmitted and converted back to audio data to the recipient’s phone. This process is seamless, so forwarding numbers using VOIP is identical to typical landline communication. Vice versa, when a subscriber to a VOIP number uses outbound calling to directly contact phone numbers, the same process occurs. The VOIP number will appear on the recipient’s caller ID. However, without outbound calling, a ‘V’ followed by a long string of digits will appear as the ID number.
Benefits of Forwarding Numbers with VOIP
As you can guess, forwarding numbers to VOIP has a number of benefits:
- Because of the wide reach of the Internet, typical barriers of landline calling are avoided, including long-distance fees and service blockages/network restrictions from service providers. Businesses and individuals that may have once faced these restrictions can now easily access target markets and individuals that may have been previously out of reach.
- Businesses and individuals located in different countries are able to access foreign markets by using VOIP numbers, which are identical in look and function to “normal” phone numbers. Forwarding numbers to VOIP aids the localization process in establishing a business that customers recognize as a local entity.
- VOIP numbers are available in a wide variety of types (see below) that can be used for business expansion. In many cases, businesses forwarding numbers to VOIP can replace regular brick & mortar forms of business expansion. This is done by incorporating newer business models of expansion including “virtual offices” and “virtual locations. For some business models, this can significantly reduce the overheads associated with setting up foreign branch offices. These expenses include leasing property, hiring/training foreign staff, licensing fees, investing capital, and many other resource-intensive tasks.
- Forwarding numbers with VOIP can be enhanced with add-ons from Global Call Forwarding. These add-ons can add new dimensions to how inbound and outbound calls are processed, including the aforementioned outbound calling. One example is “time of day routing. It enables calls placed to VOIP numbers to be routed to different destination numbers depending on the time of day. For businesses that want to be accessible 24/7 and outside of regular operation hours, time of day routing makes this possible. Another add-on, PBX (Private Branch Exchange) sets up calls made to VOIP numbers with a directory system. Callers can navigate this by dialing specific numbers to access information or extensions.
Types of VOIP Numbers Available from Global Call Forwarding
Global Call Forwarding offers a wide variety of number types, each with their own usage:
- Toll Free Numbers
- Toll Free Numbers (Mobile Accessible)
- Toll Free Numbers (Mobile Accessible) (SMS Optional)
- Universal Toll Free Numbers (UIFN)
- Mobile Numbers
- Mobile Numbers (SMS Optional)
- National Numbers
- National Numbers (SMS Optional)
- Geographic Numbers
- Geographic Numbers (SMS Optional)
It should be noted that Global Call Forwarding offers VOIP numbers in over 140+ countries and countless cities/regions around the world. When forwarding numbers to VOIP, your business can be based in one location but have access or be accessible to nearly any place in the world. With exceptional experience providing businesses the ability of forwarding numbers to VOIP, it has never been easier to reach target markets.