When starting out in business using a mobile phone or home landline as your business phone is a common practice. Most new business owners either want to avoid the use of their home landline and mobile or they simply outgrow this setup and need something more professional to fit the purpose of a business phone.
Virtual Landline is a cloud-based telephony service that offers the perfect business phone solution, helping you to run your business from your mobile phone using a virtual number. If you are running a small business, Virtual Landline is a great way to give yourself a more professional image, rather than using a mobile or home phone number.
A virtual number is a telephone number without a directly associated telephone line. Usually, these numbers are programmed to forward incoming calls to one of the pre-set telephone numbers, chosen by the client (fixed, mobile or VOIP.)
Virtual landline numbers are perfect for homeworkers, freelancers, individuals working out of serviced offices or people who need the flexibility to work from multiple locations. It works just like a normal landline, but you can make and receive calls from an app (via Wi-Fi or 4G/3G) or through a VOIP phone that plugs into your broadband connection instead of your normal phone socket. You can even divert the virtual landline number directly to your mobile or home phone, so you can also receive calls without an internet connection.
When someone calls your virtual number the call goes through a data centre and then out to whichever phone you've directed it to, whether that's a landline, mobile or VOIP device. This all happens in an instant so your caller will have no idea they're calling a virtual number.
For SMEs and even for global organisations, virtual numbers allow promoting a local presence in the UK without having to physically be in that location. Having a virtual phone number gives you the freedom to run a 'London office' with a 02 telephone number, wherever you happen to be based.
Virtual numbers are ultra-flexible. You can divert calls instantly to a telephone number of your choice. With our virtual numbers, you can keep track of your call data. Detailed statistics could be found in your online portal and will show who called, when they called and for how long.
If you are a starting business, a sole trader or running an existing business, Virtual Landline can solve your telephony issues, providing you with a single low-cost number without being caught out by diversion charges or tied in a long contract.
What's more, the Virtual Landline app utilises the latest VOIP technology, so as long as your device is connected to a good Wi-Fi or 4G/3G network, your calls will be crystal clear, even when travelling abroad.
"I used to carry two mobiles around, one for work and one for personal use, thanks to Virtual Landline I now only need one, and have saved money."
Gary Jones, Dentfix Mobile Vehicle Repairs
"I can now make really great value calls from my mobile using the app on 4G which is ideal for phoning home to India when I’m on the move."
"Just moved house from Sheffield to Kent, kept my old Sheffield number by turning it into a Virtual Landline so all our friends can still keep in touch."
"I bought a Virtual Landline for my mum in Poland, so she has a Colchester phone number! I can now call her from my mobile using my free minutes"
"We needed a temporary phone number for a project, Virtual Landline was perfect... we plan to buy more."
Oscar Jackson, THP Architects
"I set up a Virtual Landline for my parents who have moved to Spain, now we can call them for the cost of a local call and so can all their old friends."
"I'm an airline stewardess, and Virtual Landline saves me a fortune. All I need is Wi-Fi anywhere in the world, and I can phone home for a penny a minute, and my friends can phone me back as if I was in the UK... Amazing"
"I started my new business working from home and needed a dedicated number, Virtual Landline was an ideal and cheap solution. Also... if my business grows, I can take the number with me.
Abigail Goddard, Lux Interiors
"We use a VOIP phone instead of the free app and really can't tell the difference between our Virtual Landline and a real one, except the cost! When we're out the calls are sent to my mobile, and no one knows. Marvellous!"
Ron and Carol Smyth