The last few years has seen almost everything go virtual. Virtual offices, virtual learning, virtual gaming, virtual networking. The list grows longer month on month. So in a world that is focusing less on tangible items and replacing them with virtual services, it is only natural that the concept of having a virtual number was soon to join the list.
A Virtual mobile Number is an internet voip based technology that take advantage of the latest technologies to pass calls and sms massages over the internet ratherthan via traditional phone lines and mobiles.
With an Icon Offices UK Virtual Mobile number, you'll have access to a UK Mobile Number without the need for a sim card, such that all calls received on your UK number can be forwarded for free to landline and mobile numbers in over 120 countries. The service also comes with free sms to email. This means that all sms messages sent to your virtual number will be forwarded to your email address immediately resulting in you being able to receive calls and messages on your UK number for free regardless of where you are based in the world.
The UK virtual mobile number can also be used to registered with third party apps like WhatsApp and Viber and also with Banking Apps. One Time Passcodes (OTP's) needed to register for such services are automatically redirected to your chosen email address as soon as they are received.
The other great thing is that the number to which your calls are diverted to and the email your SMS messages are forwarded to, can be changed by yourself at anytime.
Below are some of the benefits of getting a UK Virtual Mobile Number for your business.
Local UK presence even if you are based overseas
The choice of your mobile number could influence whether clients get in touch with you or not. Most existing and potential customers prefer dialling a local number. Using UK virtual numbers allows your business to establish a local presence, even though you may not be physically present in that jurisdiction. A UK virtual phone number isn't restricted by physical infrastructure. As long as your device has an internet connection or phone signal, people can reach you whether you're at the office, at home, or even abroad. Callers also appreciate calling a local number rather than a more expensive overseas number.
Make and receive calls to and from anywhere in the world. You can operate your business remotely
A virtual mobile number does not rely on a physical location to make / receive calls. Its convenience comes from a stable internet connection. This makes communication possible across the country or halfway around the world. You can make calls and can be reached anywhere, anytime, on a variety of devices at little or no additional cost.
SMS delivery to email in real time from anywhere in the world.
A UK virtual number will make sure you get all your SMS / text messages / OTP'S - One Time Passcodes and customer text message inquiries forwarded to your own email address in realtime regardless of where you are in the world.
Easy access to third-party apps with a UK presence.
Some apps are only available to UK residents, eg Banking Apps. With a UK Virtual Mobile Number you are able to access these immediately without being a UK resident. You can also set up a UK presence with third party apps and social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and others. This could build brand reputation positively and make customers more attentive towards your organisation as consumers are more likely to buy from local businesses.
A major advantage of a UK virtual phone number is that of low cost. For example Icon Offices virtual mobile numbers start from only £0.99 per week. The last time we checked we were the cheapest UK Virtual Mobile Number provider in the United Kingdom.
There is also no need to buy new hardware as there is no sim card and calls can be received on your existing mobile phone. SMS messages are delivered to your email address which you can access from any device.
Redirect Calls and Messages at anytime
The Icon Offices UK Virtual Mobile Service comes with an easy to use portal that allows you to divert inbound calls to any number of your choice in over 120 countries at any time you want for free. This is sometimes called free call forwarding or free call divert. Similarly you can redirect SMS / Text messages to any email address of your choice at anytime. So if for example you are not available for a few hours to take calls or read text messages you can simply divert / forward calls and texts to a colleague who can.