UK Virtual Telephone Number
If your company serves clients in the United
Kingdom, ordering a UK telephone
number is an excellent choice
that can deliver numerous benefits and facilitate cost-effective communications between callers in the UK and your
operations in the United States (or some other country).
Why get at UK telephone number when you can simply provide your existing phone number? There are several reasons:
First, your UK callers may hesitate to call an international phone number due to perceived costs involved.
Second, a U.S. or international phone number looks physically different than your typical UK telephone number which could also cause callers to hesitate to dial.
Third, callers in the United Kingdom may be concerned about time zones or even doing business with a non-UK company.
Each of these objections can result in a caller opting not to call your business. By providing a UK telephone number, concerns about international long distance rates, how to dial an international phone number,
time zones, and doing business with a non-UK company are eliminated completely.
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- This process is much like your traditional 0800 number in that you order a "virtual"
phone number, in this case a UK telephone number, that rings to a telephone number that you designate as the "ring to" number.
For example, this telephone ring to number could be to a phone in your home office in the United States, a cell
phone, your corporate headquarters in New York, or a call center located in a distant country.
Like a toll free number, the cost of call forwarding the 'UK telephone number' to your designated ring to number
is charged to your account on a per minute basis. Depending on the plan you select and the countries involved,
you may be surprised at how competitive international call forwarding rates have become. In fact, some customers use international call
forwarding numbers as an inexpensive way to make cheap international calls.
Because of time zone differences, it's smart to take advantage of "time of day" routing so that your UK calls are handled in a business-like manner.
For example, if a caller in London calls during normal business hours, the caller would expect the call to be handled
by a live representative. Likewise if the London caller calls after hours, voicemail would be expected. By using
time of day routing, you can ensure that the call is handled as expected based on the callers' local time.
Other important features that come with your virtual UK telephone number plan include superior call quality, local
ring tones, fax forwarding, voicemail options, customized greeting, simultaneous call handling, optional rollover
minutes, and month-to-month plans with no long term contracts.
Whether your business currently serves the United Kingdom or is considering an expansion, ordering a UK telephone
number and using international call forwarding to route UK callers to the number of your choice is a cost-effective
telecommunications solution that allows for international communication with the rest of the world via a UK Telephone
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How does getting a UK virtual
telephone number work? It works through a process known as call diverting.