In business, appearances are paramount to establishing how you’re received by customers and clients. It may seem like a novel concept, but adding a toll-free number to your cell phone can be a powerful way of increasing the effectiveness of your personal entrepreneurship, as well as making your organization appear larger than it really is (which is especially good for startups).
The question is: how do I add a toll-free number to my cell phone? In this article, we’ll take a look at a few different approaches using the power of virtual phone numbers to add a toll-free number to your cell phone.
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Understanding How Virtual Phone Numbers Work
When a caller dials your virtual phone number, this call is redirected instantly to another phone number, referred to as the “destination phone number.” Because virtual phone numbers use the power of cloud computing, this process is instantaneous, and you can be in any location across the world.
In the case of adding a toll-free phone number to your cell phone, the destination phone number is your cell phone’s primary phone number. When inbound callers dial your phone number, they can reach you with all the benefits of toll-free numbers (i.e. no charge calling, unrestricted access) but they will get the direct access that makes it such a smart way to communicate with your business customers.
Think of this toll-free number as another layer used to welcome phone calls. Virtual phone numbers come in a variety of options, including toll-free numbers as well as IFTS numbers.
Now that you understand the basics of toll-free numbers by way of the functionality of virtual phone numbers, you can see that anywhere you advertise your toll-free number opens up a world of accessibility to increase your business presence. However, if you want to incorporate global callers, domestic toll-free numbers won’t work.
That’s where ITFS numbers come in. Short for “International Toll-Free Service numbers,” ITFS numbers are toll-free numbers that relate to international markets. Consider the following:
A client based in Germany calls your US-based toll free number. When they do, two things will occur; either a) the caller will be charged a long-distance fee for completing the call, or b) the call will be blocked by the client’s service provider. Both outcomes defeat the purpose of toll-free numbers in the first place.
However, if you use an ITFS number based in Germany, the call is toll-free and without restrictions from service providers. The reason is that ITFS numbers function just the same as numbers native to Germany, and they resemble the same digits (ex. +49 0800 XXXXXXXX).
How to Add A Toll-Free Number to Your Cell Phone
The process for adding a toll-free phone number to your cell phone is easier than you think. Typically, the process for most virtual phone number service providers is as follows:
- Enter in the country code of the country/region you’d like to have a toll free number in.
- Select the type of toll-free number you’d like to use. For instance, some toll-free numbers aren’t mobile accessible, so look for service providers that offer this service.
- Select a toll-free number from an available list.
- Next, you’ll have to enter the phone number where the call will be routed, the destination phone number.
- After this step, you will be given the option to incorporate add-ons and extensions to the phone service. For instance, you may want to add “call recording” to backup all conversations for later usage and accountability. Similarly, you may want to add “simultaneous ringing,” which forwards calls to another phone number if you’re unavailable.
- Lastly, you’ll have to pick a payment plan and finalize the transaction. In most cases, you won’t need enterprise solutions for your personal phone number.
Most service providers, such as Global Call Forwarding, may have you up and running with a toll-free number added to your cell phone in several hours.