What is a Virtual Phone Number?

A virtual phone number is a telephone number without an associated phone line. You can choose any area code you want and link to it your home, cell or work phone. When someone calls your virtual phone number, it will ring on your phone. To make outgoing calls, first call your virtual number and then dial the desired phone number without ever revealing your private phone number. Usually these numbers are programmed to be forwarded to either a private fixed or mobile phone line or Voice over IP (VoIP) service. Virtual numbers are sometimes used in conjunction with mail forwarding services to create a virtual office in a remote place.

For instance, a company may purchase a virtual phone number with area code 212, together with a mail forwarding service in New York to give the impression that the company is located in New York. Virtual numbers are especially appealing to technology companies (for technical support), exporters (to give the impression that the company is local) and service companies such as call centers.

CallFire's virtual numbers allow you to obtain unlimited local and toll free numbers to meet your business needs. Search our database of local and toll-free numbers and within minutes, you can create that local presence or that professional appearance your organization needs. With CallFire's free IVR integration you can create customizable greeting messages and phone trees to welcome your incoming callers. Tracking your incoming calls is also easy. With CallFire's reporting interface, you'll be able to listen to call recordings and track all your incoming calls.

To set up a virtual number is as easy to do in three steps. First, choose your area code. A virtual phone number will then be generated. Link to that number your personal line. Give out that virtual number as your contact and start receiving calls via your virtual number.