There are several ways to get a local phone number. It all depends on how you want to use it. Follow these tips to learn how to get a local phone number.
If you are looking to acquire a local telephone number it is important to know your options. There happen to be several ways to get a local phone number. The decision to purchase a local number really comes down to price and functionality. Here are some of the options that you have available to you when you need to get a local phone number:
- Call your local carrier:Â That’s right. Just call the local phone company. You can call CenturyLink or Integra or AT&T or whomever is in your local area. When you purchase a local phone number this way you can expect to get what is known as a “POTS” line (Plain Old Telephone Service). This is a basic phone line that will be installed in your house or office. You will likely be required to pay an installation fee along with a rate of anywhere from $25 to $60/month depending on the class of service you choose (Residential or Business).
- Call a cell phone company:Â Cell phone carriers like Verizon work just like local carriers. Only difference is – they are mobile!! You can get low-cost, pay-as-you go local mobile numbers for as little as $30/month. You will likely be required to pay an activation fee along with a monthly service fee.
- Call a hosted carrier:Â You can get local numbers on-tap by simply contacting a hosted carrier such as SolaxisÂ or GoogleVoice or even Skype. This group of carriers have extremely low cost local access numbers (even FREE in some cases). But beware of free numbers offered through GoogleVoice as the call quality tends to be poor overall. However, you can get extremely clear and reliable local numbers through Solaxis for as little as $25/month. They even include voice mail, faxing service, scheduled call routing, web accessibility and more. Just check out their SmartNumber and SmartExpand services.
- Call your answering service: When you set up your account with an answering service, they should be able to help you acquire a local phone number. Good answering services have many local phone numbers for you to choose from to use with your account, and most are skilled at helping you get any other local numbers you might need.
Finding a local number through an alternative carrier (a carrier other than your local phone company) is becoming increasingly popular. However, you can expect that in many cases you may be offered a local area code and prefix combination that does not exactly match your local area. But the number is still local. For example, Seattle, Washington had an area code/prefix combination of 206-389-xxxx. Now you can order “local” 206 numbers but they look like 206-686-xxxx or 206-855-xxxx. You will run into all kinds of variations but you can also be 99% sure that the numbers will still be locally accessible.
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