Shanghai Virtual Phone Numbers

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  • Establish a local presence in Shanghai
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Shanghai is a popular place to do business in the Asian Pacific region. Shanghai virtual phone numbers give you an opportunity to expand your business to China without having to make a move.

Read on to find out more about Shanghai virtual phone numbers.

About Shanghai

Shanghai is located on the east coast of China, south of the Yangtze River. Geographically, most areas of the country are flat, apart from the hilly southwest region. There are many rivers and lakes scattered throughout the country. The region is divided into sixteen separate districts and three counties.

Shanghai, also known locally as Shen, is a multicultural city which combines both traditional and modern Chinese features. The city has provincial status and as such, reports directly to the government. Shanghai is the hub of China’s technology industry and also has one of the nation’s most important seaports and the largest financial and commercial center.

As one of the most densely populated cities in China, Shanghai has a population of over 23 million. The city is home to people from many different cultures. Shanghai’s permanent residents are members of China’s 44 various ethnic groups, with over 99 percent of them coming from Han ancestry.

Transportation has vastly improved throughout the region over the past decade. Shanghai has two airports; Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport. The railway system now has a daily capacity to transport around 110,000 departing passengers.

Types of Shanghai Virtual Numbers

You can get different types of China phone numbers for your business. Global Call Forwarding offers:

  • China toll free numbers — free to call from anywhere within the country.
  • Local China numbers — available with specific area codes from top cities in the country and are SMS-capable.

Shanghai Phone Number Format

The country code for China is (+1). The China phone number format includes the toll free or area code, and the 7-digit subscriber number:

The China toll free number format is +86 (999) xxx-xxxx.

The China local number format is +86 (021) xxxx-xxxx.

Service Features

An advanced suite of included and premium features to reliably power your business communications.

IVR/Auto Attendant

Cloud Call Recording

Virtual Voicemail

Call Flow Designer

Time of Day Routing

Geographic Routing

Simultaneous Ringing

Sequential Routing

Outbound Calling

Outbound Caller ID

Number Masking

Failover Routing

Call Blocking

Local Ringback Tones

Fax to Email

Rollover Minutes

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Benefits of Using a Shanghai Number for Business

Why should your business buy a Shanghai phone number?

With a Shanghai virtual number, you can:

  • Develop a local presence even if you are an international company
  • Gain access to the Shanghai economy
  • Communicate cost-effectively with local Shanghai customers
  • Attract a new customer base to purchase your products and services
  • Increase revenue and sales by entering a new market
  • Get access to cloud communication features for improved call management
  • Use your number for advertising locally

How Much Does a Shanghai Virtual Number Cost?

Global Call Forwarding offers Malaysia virtual numbers starting at $27.95 per month.

We offer five different virtual phone number plans that include monthly minutes plus an additional per-minute rate.

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How to Get a Shanghai Phone Number?

You can buy a Shanghai phone number from Global Call Forwarding in two ways:

To purchase your numbers online, follow these steps:

  1. Visit our Pricing page.
  2. Select your new number from the left dialog box.
  3. Choose China, and then Shanghai type of number, prefix, and number available.
  4. Then, enter the necessary information in the right dialog box to have your calls forwarded.
  5. Note: You can forward calls to any location or VoIP/SIP system.
  6. Click on View Rates and choose from our five different plans.
  7. Add premium services, if desired. We offer Call Recording, Outbound Calling, Voicemail Transcription, and Rollover Minutes.
  8. Submit your order and wait for your service to be activated.
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Industry in Shanghai

Shanghai is an important commercial and industrial center which contributes to the economy of the whole nation. For the past 15 years, the region’s economy has increased consistently by 10 percent each year.


The Shanghai government recognizes the importance of agriculture and as such, maintains produce, fisheries, forests, and stock breeding. In spite of the limited availability of arable land, rainfall, temperatures, and fertile soil make the region ideal for high-yield agricultural production. There are a number of agricultural zones throughout the city, including Fengxian, Sunqiao, Songjiang, and Jinshan.


Manufacturing industries still play a role in Shanghai’s economy, such as the manufacture of petrochemicals, biomedicine, communications and electronic equipment, and automobiles. The architectural industry has also developed rapidly in the area. This is illustrated by the construction of highways, railways, expressways, airports, bridges, ports, and maglev lines as well as residential and commercial buildings.

Other Industry

Shanghai has several other growing industries such as the service industry. The financial system has also improved which has led to improved services for citizens and tourists. International and domestic trade are also rapidly developing. Shanghai’s metro system has quickly expanded to provide efficient and reliable services. Other developing industries include communications, tourism, catering, entertainment, information services, social welfare, and public utilities.

Shanghai’s Economy

Renewed national reform policies have sped up Shanghai’s economic development, and the city has maintained consistent economic growth for several years. The income of local residents has increased, leading to a significant improvement in the standard of living. However, underlying problems remain. The Shanghainese economy is still overly dependent on the manufacturing industry, which puts a heavy demand on energy and land resources and has negative effects on the environment. In an attempt to solve these problems, Shanghai continues to make efforts to develop the industrial sector more evenly and promote the advancement of six key service industries: financial services, information industry, automobile manufacturing, commerce and trade, real estate, and equipment assemblies. This will help the region to maintain a balance between the environment and the economy. There is a noticeable increase in the development of local enterprises and more and more multinational companies are setting up their Asian headquarters in Shanghai.

Business in Shanghai

Setting up a company in the central business district of Shanghai is expensive; this is one of the reasons that many companies are relocating their offices further away from the city center; a move that’s saving them up to 40 percent in rent.

Companies who move to more decentralized areas can still take advantage of local amenities, links, and good transport. It is predicted that these decentralized commercial areas will come to drive the market force and support the future development of the whole region. Shanghai virtual phone numbers offer an alternative to this.

Expand Your Business Interests with Shanghai Virtual Phone Numbers

If you wish to expand your company to China, Shanghai should be your first port of call. However, it is understood that you may not have the capital to set up a physical office, even in a decentralized location, not to mention all the red tape you would have to go through for permits and to find workers. You still don’t have to strike Shanghai off your list, though. You can easily and affordably give your company a presence there by using Shanghai virtual phone numbers.

With virtual call forwarding and Shanghai virtual phone numbers, you can establish a firm presence in Shanghai while saving money and having instant access to your client base. The beauty of using virtual number is that you don’t need to shell out money on new equipment or initial set-up costs. All you have to do is subscribe to one or more numbers. Your numbers will usually be activated within just a few minutes.

You can count on having crisp, clear phone lines with your local Shanghai numbers, so communication will not be a problem. As well as local numbers, you can also subscribe to toll-free numbers to contact customers, colleagues or suppliers. Your calls can be forwarded to whichever numbers you choose, and you can unsubscribe or add more numbers as needed.

Stay In Communication with Shanghai Customers

Shanghai virtual phone numbers provide the perfect solution for staying connected to Chinese clients. They can reach you at any time from their cell phone or landline from within Shanghai.

Chinese customers appreciate being able to call you from a local number without having to pay expensive international calling fees or having to deal with confusing international dialing codes.

Avoid Expensive Re-location Costs

Bureaucracy and red tape can be a tricky problem in Shanghai, but with virtual phone numbers, you can escape all these challenges while making the most of conducting international business in the world’s most populous city. And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own office! If you haven’t already, try using Shanghai virtual phone numbers to give your customers peace of mind while saving your business money.

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