Considering global expansion? Local phone numbers can help you connect with customers from different parts of the world without worrying about high international calling rates. Learn how local numbers work and why you should consider purchasing them for your company.
Local Numbers: The Basics
Local phone numbers are virtual numbers offered by cloud-based phone service providers such as Global Call Forwarding. Virtual numbers are a growing preference as they route calls over the internet as opposed to traditional phone lines. And this makes them cheaper to use while providing more access and reach. With local virtual numbers, you can make calls from anywhere in the world and through any device such as a smartphone, laptop, deskphone, etc. All you need is a strong internet connection.
Local phone numbers correspond to specific geographical locations. That is, they are assigned with area codes to specific cities, states, or regions within a country. These numbers can be contacted from anywhere in the world. And so, even if you are based in one part of the world, you can connect with contacts and clients from many other countries.
Local Numbers and Outbound Calling
When purchasing local numbers, consider getting an outbound calling service as well. This service makes it easier and cheaper to call local and international prospects and, therefore, can boost your outbound sales calling strategies.
Global Call Forwarding’s outbound calling service comes with customizable caller ID capabilities. This means that if you buy multiple local phone numbers for the areas and markets you want to tap, then when calling these regions, you can use their specific local number as your caller ID. So, when the receiver sees your call, they’ll see a local code that they recognize and are more likely to answer your call.
Additionally, customers will be more comfortable returning your call because they’ll be dialing a local number instead of an international one. This means they’ll only be paying their local calling rates. Your business, on the other hand, will pay what virtual plan it is subscribed to, helping you avoid long-distance fees.
Get Local Numbers for These Countries
Global Call Forwarding offers international virtual numbers for various countries worldwide. And so, if you have multiple offices spread around the world or work with clients and business contacts from other countries, local phone numbers can greatly benefit business communications. We offer local numbers for cities and regions in the following countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom
- United States
Additional Virtual Communication Benefits
Besides merely providing a convenient and inexpensive way to communicate overseas, local numbers also come with advanced communication features and tools. For example, Global Call Forwarding offers these features with each of our plans:
- Unlimited Extensions
- Advanced IVR/PBX (interactive voice response)
- Customized Greeting
- Time Of Day Routing
- Failover Forwarding
- Voicemail to Email
- Fax to Email
- Local Ringback Tone
- Simultaneous Ringing
- Sequential Forwarding
- Select Country Forwarding
- Account Management
- Call Transfer
- Black & White Lists
But, you can also get the below services for an additional fee:
- Cloud Call Recording
- Outbound Calling
- SMS Forwarding
- Rollover Minutes
These features work towards increasing office productivity and efficiency by organizing your calls, distributing them based on your preferences, introducing more communication channels, and more. You can redesign your office phone system to create one that is more professional and improves caller experience.
How can Global Call Forwarding Help?
We offer virtual communication tools for businesses of varying sizes and in different industries. Whether you want to connect with international customer bases or use automatic call distribution for incoming calls or record business calls for compliance purposes, we provide high-quality service for a reasonable price. Additionally, you can also test our service through a free trial for business accounts. If you have more questions, connect with us at 1 (888) 908 6171 to talk to an expert.