Using a mobile phone or a landline UK phone number is a common practice when starting out or already running a small business. Most start-up entrepreneurs eventually outgrow this setup and need a more professional business phone that fits the business needs and of course, costs less than a usual fixed BT line.
Obviously, committing to a service that could result in a high monthly bill and tie you into a 12-month contract isn’t the best solution for a fresh business, but by choosing Virtual Landline, you get all the flexibility and freedom a small start-up needs.
We operate on a monthly rolling basis meaning that you can cancel anytime you want. Of course, we would love if you could stay with us, so in case you decide to renew the subscription, we can help you restart it from where you left. If you call us back within 6 months after cancelling, we’d be able to restore the virtual number you’ve purchased before. That way you won’t have to reprint your business cards or change your contact details on websites, social media or different business listings.
Nowadays being a local business means more than being global, that’s why we offer plenty of local UK phone number choices. No matter if your business is based in Northampton or Poole, you can still get your virtual phone number with a prefix different from the town you live in. For example, if you want to show that your business is London based, you’ll choose a classic 020 London prefix. That way your customers will be thinking they’re calling a company with a London office, but in reality, the calls will be redirected to your mobile or landline, which could be anywhere in the UK or around the world.
If you want to allow your customers to call your business for free, you should choose one of our 0800 numbers also known as Freephone numbers. Why? Well, this is a more special type of number and companies usually offer it when they want to provide a more customer centric service. For example, a charity that works with low-income families will aim to reduce the call costs to its help line. Here using a Freephone number that is free to call from most UK mobiles or landlines* would be the perfect solution for the charity's communication needs.
*Please, check your mobile provider for any hidden or additional costs applied when calling 0800 numbers
**If you are roaming on your mobile, you may be charged when calling a 0800 number
We pride ourselves in offering the cheapest virtual London numbers in the UK. This is an excellent opportunity for your young business to grow by creating the feeling that you work from a central London location. By using a virtual phone number with London prefix, you can skip renting an expensive office in London and run your business from a nice and quiet rural area without feeling overwhelmed by the hectic London vibes. For extra £2 on top of your monthly plan, you can choose a central London number with a 0207 or 0208 prefix. Some of our current clients use these numbers for London specific services, and products, which makes their London customers feel more comfortable dialling a number from that area.
Having a business card or advert with a mobile phone number to call is slightly outdated and suggests that you are anything other than a 'one-man-band' business. Sometimes it can also send out the wrong signals to potential customers. On the other side, using a local or national number says 'we are open for business' and also allows you to choose who you give your mobile number to. All these minor details create the overall perception of your business and the more professional tools you are using to present your company, the better impression it will make. That’s why many small business owners in the UK have chosen a virtual number from us as the main point of contact for their companies.
We have worked with businesses from all sizes and have seen how small start-ups grow along the way. That’s why we designed a service that follows your business expansion and allows you to add special business phone features, advancing your company’s profile and making your business look more professional and credible.
By porting your existing number to Virtual Landline, you get all the flexibility and mobility you need for your business. No matter if you’re moving home or offices, you’ll be able to keep your virtual number to life because it moves with you anywhere you go. One of the best benefits of porting your UK phone number to the cloud is that you will never pay a line rental to BT anymore, meaning that you’ll start saving almost £20 per month.
Not only we’ll help you save £20 from the line rental bills, but we’ll give you a £5 credit as a welcome gift when joining Virtual Landline. You can use this credit for out-of-bundle calls. For example, if you’re on the Standard or Freephone plan and run out of free minutes, the £5 credit will be activated and used accordingly. If you’ve chosen UK Unlimited plan, the £5 credit could be used for overseas calls and roaming. When all the credit is gone, you can easily top up via the online portal.
Liberating your business from the restrictions of a four-wall office empowers more efficient and productive working conditions. With Virtual Landline you’ll be able to work from any spot in the world (with a good Wi-Fi) and run a successful mobile business without being chained to a specific location.
…that’s why we followed our tradition of offering cheap roaming from anywhere in the world. So, when you get a phone call to your virtual number when you are abroad you’ll still be able to pick up the call and you won’t be charged a fortune. Making outbound calls from the app is actually free, but you need to make sure that your phone is connected to a good wi-fi network, otherwise, the call quality might suffer. To skip being charged for roaming data, better switch off your mobile data when 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