This is because international numbers allow businesses to begin trading overseas without leaving the country – meaning they are an efficient and cost-effective way for businesses to internationalise.
So, what are international numbers? And how do you get one?
International numbers use the internet to give companies a presence overseas. They do this by mimicking the number format of various international number types and connecting calls online. There are three primary types of international number. Your expansion strategy and the nature of your business will determine which will work best for you.
In-Country Local Numbers
In-country local numbers look exactly like the local numbers of the country or city you’re targeting. Calls are charged at the same rate as a local number, which means consumers won’t know that you may be picking their call up in another country.
International Toll Free Numbers (ITFN)
ITFNs adopt the format of your target country’s toll-free numbers. This means your number will look and behave just like a local toll-free number. As such, consumers won’t be charged. This means this number type often increases the number of incoming calls and improves a brand’s perception.
Universal International Freephone Numbers (UIFN)
UIFNs are also free to call. Unlike ITFNs, UIFNs are not country-specific, which makes them great for businesses looking to establish themselves in multiple countries simultaneously. UIFNs use their own numbering format. Starting with the prefix 00800, UIFNs resemble toll free numbers in many countries and are used by large organisations such as the EU.
There are many benefits to getting an international number. When you get an international number, your solution will use a technology called SIP trunking. SIP trunks connect calls via the internet. This means, as well as enabling you to begin trading overseas without setting up offices in new countries, international numbers:
Today, getting an international number is easy. Installation times are incredibly quick since SIP trunking will usually be compatible with your existing PBX. This means that you can start using your international number in next-to-no-time.
When you chose WMX Global as your international number supplier, you get:
Do you want to find out more about international virtual phone numbers? WMX Global is a trusted global communications company. We supply international virtual numbers to companies all over the world. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
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