What is a local number?
Any UK landline number that starts with 01 or 02 is classed as a local number. Local numbers are also known as ‘geographic’ or ‘geo-numbers’, meaning they are associated with a specific area or town in the UK. For example numbers in Manchester have a local area code 0161, in Bournemouth 01202, Reading 0118, Bristol 0117, London 0203 and so on.
With Virtual Landline, you can get a local number from any possible location in the UK as well as buy the cheapest virtual London numbers on the market.
Why choose a local landline number?
Most customers prefer calling a local number, especially if they’re trying to reach a local shop, sole trader or a taxi company. By adding a local number to your website or business cards you create the impression that your business is based just around the corner, which eases the customers' experience and makes them feel more comfortable when calling a company with a local number. It also helps enhance your business reputation and credibility among local customers, which might lead to a higher volume in business leads and potential sales.
Using a virtual local business number also cuts from the traditional landline cost as you won't have to pay for a fixed BT landline anymore. With any of Virtual Landline plans you’ll be paying only the monthly subscription price for the plan and all inbound or outbound call activity will be deducted from the inclusive minutes, depending which plan you've chosen (Basic, UK Unlimited or Global Standard).
Where can I get a local number?
Buying a phone number couldn't be easier, simply search for a landline phone number using our tools to check availability. Virtual Landline has a range of local phone number packages that will suit your business needs. If you want to buy a local phone number that has a special or memorable sequence of numbers, contact us to find out our memorable numbers service.
How long will it take to set up a local phone number?
Usually when you buy a local phone number from Virtual Landline, your new phone number will be set up pretty quickly. However, if your business is looking to launch in a local area, you will want to make sure that you’re providing as much accurate information as you can to ensure that BT will be able to quickly set up the number. Compared to porting an existing landline phone number, which can take up to 3 weeks, setting up a new local phone number is relatively quick and easy.