When it comes to setting up an international
phone number, USA business professionals have many options. When properly set up, it's possible to establish a
business presence in countries around the world - without the expense of actually opening an office and hiring
What is an International
Phone Number (USA)?
In general, when discussing an international phone number USA, this is a number that looks local to callers within
their own countries, yet rings to the United States. For example, in Australia, local calls follow this phone number convention: +61 13 ###### (####). Not only does a U.S. phone number look different with
its 1(n##) (n##) #### format, Australian callers could be put off by the prospect of paying international long
distant rates associated with an international phone number (USA).
By establishing a local number for the country, in this example Australia, and then routing the call to a number
in the U.S., Australian callers dial what looks like a local Australian phone number and pay traditional local
tolls, fees, and taxes (if they're located outside the local calling area for that phone number). Meanwhile, the
international phone number USA connects to your U.S. office. You will pay a reasonable per minute fee for each
call made to your international phone number USA.
Similarly, the opposite can also apply when discussing USA international phone numbers. For example, a business
located in Singapore may want to establish a USA presence to appeal to U.S. customers. In this case, the international
phone number USA will look like a U.S. number with the traditional 1 (n##) (n##) (####) format that Americans are
accustomed to dialing, yet it will ring to a phone located in Singapore.
USA and international consumers alike are accustomed to dialing phone numbers within
their respective countries. When a U.S. business wants to reach consumers and partners in other countries or an
international business wants to reach U.S. consumers, setting up an international phone number USA ensures that
local callers see local phone numbers. Thus, qualms about calling internationally are completely avoided and communications
between the two countries are facilitated.
The most common uses for an international
phone number USA follow:
1 A U.S. business can establish a
presence in other countries, routing international calls to its U.S. office or call center.
2 An international business can
establish a presence in the U.S., routing U.S. calls to its international office or call center.
3 A business person can set up
an international phone number USA and forward those calls to a disposable, local cell phone when traveling internationally,
thus being able to receive incoming calls from U.S. colleagues without incurring excessive roaming fees.
4 A family member with loved ones
abroad can set up an international phone number USA to avoid the high cost of traditional international phone calls
as well as pay for incoming calls from loved ones living abroad. For example, if your son or daughter is attending
college in Italy, you could set up an international phone number USA that's local to the Italian city where your
child is currently living. Those calls would then be routed to your home in the U.S. at a much lower cost per minute
than traditional international long distance rates.
Benefits of Establishing an International Phone Number
Depending on the intended use of the international phone number, USA and international businesses alike can
expect numerous benefits as can individuals who need a cost-effective way to communicate with others outside the
As the business world continues to be more global, it's important for customers to have a convenient way to reach
the businesses that serve them. In addition to the convenience of dialing a local phone number, customers could
be put off by dialing a number that looks like it's from another country. For example, they could be concerned
about costs; they may feel conflicted about supporting a business from another country; they could be concerned
about your ability to assist them from half a world away; or they could worry that you don't understand their needs.
While you can alleviate these concerns in many different ways, establishing an international phone number USA is
a good first step that immediately solves these problems.
Caller cost concerns are no longer an issue, especially if you choose a toll free international phone number. USA
and international businesses have numerous resources available, including a diverse workforce that can also alleviate
concerns about doing business internationally. Using "time of day" routing and local ring tones can further
ensure that callers reach a live person during local business hours and hear familiar ring tones.
In addition, to easing the concerns of your callers, an international phone number USA is surprisingly affordable.
Plans are available with competitive per minute costs. Everything is handled virtually; in other words, you do
not need to rent physical office space in the countries that you are serving.
Numerous plans are available with support for dozens of countries. Some important features are highlighted
Call quality - This must be exceptional as any line noise, interference, echoes, or disconnections
are detrimental to your success. Look for a provider that uses the traditional public switched network (a high
quality option) as opposed to VoIP technologies (a newer technology that's known for call quality issues)
Simultaneous call handling - If you expect a high call volume, this becomes increasingly
important. With simultaneous call handling, multiple calls can be received at once and your callers will not get
a busy signal.
Time of day routing - This is a must for ensuring that local callers are connected with
live customer service representatives during the location's normal business hours.
Convenient and affordable, an international phone number (USA) can benefit your business and allow you to expand
into new markets without a large capital expense.
Whether you need an international phone number
that originates elsewhere and rings into the U.S. or a U.S. phone number that rings into an international country,
you will need to activate an international call forwarding plan.
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