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Winnipeg Virtual Phone Numbers
A virtual telephone number is a phone number used specifically as a forwarding number. Incoming calls to the virtual number are automatically forwarded to another telephone number that you designate - the destination number.
Virtual numbers are often coupled with a VoIP phone service as a means to make cheap international phone calls. But virtual numbers can also be used over traditional phone networks, too, though the cost will generally be higher.
The incoming calls can be forwarded any distance - locally, nationally, or internationally - and to any type of receiving number - landline, mobile, fax machine.
There are two basic types of virtual phone numbers: virtual local numbers and virtual toll-free numbers. Each forwards incoming calls in a similar manner, but number availability and cost may differ significantly. Either type can be forwarded to a VoIP service.
When buying a virtual number, you normally are buying buy two things: the actual phone number and the forwarding service that routes calls to the destination number. How these two items are 'packaged' varies from vendor to vendor.
For the caller, the cost of the call is just the leg associated with reaching the virtual local or toll-free number. In most cases, this is going to be free to the caller.
For the virtual number subscriber, the cost includes at least the subscription fee for maintaining the number and the costs for the 'forwarded' leg of the incoming calls. In the case of a toll-free virtual number, it will also include the inbound leg of the call to the toll-free number.
Read on for additional information and recommended vendors for Winnipeg virtual numbers. Topics covered:
Virtual Phone Numbers in Winnipeg
Virtual telephone numbers are readily available for Winnipeg, Manitoba area codes. They are also available for nearby area codes.
Virtual numbers located in other area codes or countries can be forwarded to Winnipeg area codes without no problems.
Virtual Numbers in Winnipeg for Outbound Calling
Virtual phone numbers with Winnipeg area codes are readily available and can be bought from a variety of providers.
See the list of recommended providers below for suggestions.
Inbound calls received at a Winnipeg virtual number can be forwarded anywhere in the world. Forwarding costs will vary depending on the location and the provider you use.
Forwarding a Virtual Number to Winnipeg
Virtual numbers located in other area codes or other countries can be easily forwarded to a destination number in Winnipeg. There are no restrictions on forwarding calls to Winnipeg numbers.
Recommended Virtual Number Providers
The table below identifies several vendors you can buy Winnipeg virtual phone numbers from. We've personally checked out all these vendors to confirm that their pricing and rates are reasonable.
In all cases, you will need to buy both the virtual number itself and the call forwarding service to route incoming calls to your destination. You cannot easily separate these two elements.
Each company offers something slightly different, so we suggest you look at a few of them to see what works best for you. In addition to price, other factors that may influence your choice could include:
In most cases, we have tried to find vendors focused on serving individual consumers as opposed to business customers. Business customers tend to have additional needs - like sophisticated call tracking and logging analytics - that are not required by consumers.
Figures in US$, unless otherwise stated
Check provider websites for current prices
* Applicable per minute rates charged for the forwarded leg of the call
What is a 'Virtual Phone Number'?
A virtual telephone number is a phone number used to forward incoming phone calls on to another telephone number - the 'destination number'.
Virtual numbers can be used for many reasons by both consumers and businesses. Some examples:
Virtual phone numbers come in two flavors:
Both types of virtual numbers work roughly the same way, except for 2 main differences.
One difference is that virtual local numbers are free to the inbound caller if the the number's area code is included as part of the caller's calling plan. Callers from outside the local service area would need to pay any long-distance charges themselves. For example, if you had a local virtual number for Winnipeg, then callers from in and around the Winnipeg service area would be able to call that number for free. As well, people on nationwide calling plans might also be able to call the number for free.
In contrast, with a toll-free number the inbound caller pays normally nothing regardless of where they are calling from - any long distance charges are passed along to the toll-free number subscriber.
The second main difference is the monthly cost of a local vs. toll-free virtual numbers to the virtual number owner / subscriber. Generally, toll-free virtual numbers are considerably more expensive than local virtual phone numbers. Not only does the toll-free number have a higher baseline monthly subscription cost, but also the toll-free subscriber must pay any charges related to inbound leg of any calls.
As a result, toll-free virtual numbers are generally not a viable cost saving solution for individuals, though they may work well for businesses.
How Virtual Phone Numbers Work
Virtual numbers are used to forward incoming calls to another location - usually in another part of the country or in another country altogether.
Generally, the incoming calls to the virtual number are forwarded to their destination via VoIP internet calling technology. Given that VoIP telephony is much less expensive than traditional telephony, this allows either the inbound caller or the virtual number subscriber or both to reduce calling costs.
To be clear, virtual numbers can be forwarded over traditional telephone networks, too - but it will cost more.
Unlike normal phone numbers, virtual telephone numbers generally do not have an actual physical landline or mobile phone assigned to them. Meaning that they don't actually ring anywhere.
Instead, virtual phone numbers are used as a mechanism to get the incoming call onto the telephone network - sort of like an entry ramp onto a roadway. Once 'received', the calls are then immediately routed forward to the end destination telephone.
Virtual telephone numbers can be forwarded to any type of end destination phone number - a mobile phone, a landline phone, a VoIP phone number, a fax machine, etc. The end destination number can be domestic or overseas.
Typically, the destination number can be easily designated using an account management interface. The subscriber simply specifies what end destination number they want to use - whether for a few hours or forever.
Assuming they are available, virtual phone numbers work much like a regular landline or toll-free phone number in terms of billing and payment. You subscribe to the service and then pay a monthly fee. The exact cost is determined by the provider, the calling plan you select, and the rates to the destination number, among other factors.
Availability of Virtual Phone Numbers
Virtual telephone numbers are available for purchase in many countries around the world - but not available in many others. For instance, virtual numbers are not allowed in India as of this writing.
In general, countries that restrict use of virtual numbers are also countries that regulate use of VoIP internet telephony - and, usually, telecom markets in general.
In such countries, governments are typically trying to nuture incumbent telephone companies and protect them from low-cost competitors, especially from low-cost VoIP companies.
In countries with liberal telecom regulation, like Canada, virtual numbers are easy to obtain with few, if any, restrictions on their use.
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