Local Phone Number providers
Updated: April 13, 2019
2019. Viber users can now get local numbers
Viber has added another feature in its longer-term efforts to add more stickiness to its service, while also bringing in a little more revenue to the business: users now have the option of subscribing to have “local numbers” that can receive phone calls and SMS messages as if those calls and messages are being sent to mobile numbers in specific regions. Viber Local Number, as the service is called, is available to anyone globally, but for now the numbers you can register are in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, with more countries getting added soon. All area codes in the U.S. will be covered at launch. Skype, for one, has offered the option of getting a local number in a specific region, both to make and receive calls, for years.
2013. Zangi wants to defeat Skype
Today Skype turns 10 years. Already 10 years Skype is the most popular service for VoIP / video calls. But one day the One will come and defeat Zangi. Maybe it will be Google Hangouts, or Viber, or Tango, or ooVoo, or Nimbuzz. And maybe - the new startup - Zangi, that will launch globally in October. What is the brilliant idea of Zangi? They want to create really unified communications tool that can connect two people, no matter where they are, what device they use and what connection they have. Unlike Skype, that works only via Internet, Zangi allows to connect via GSM (using call-back). In addition, it allows to send SMS and support calls via browser (web interface). Unlike Viber, Zangi allows you to make video calls. With Zangi you can stay connected when traveling abroad where there is no internet connection. You just buy a SIM card from a local operator and register it in the Roaming section. When Zangi-user calls you, the VoIP call will be forwarded to this local number even if this user doesn't know it. How Zangi makes money? In the same way as competitors - charging you for calls to landline or mobile phones - to people that haven't registered in Zangi yet. By the way, the registration process - is very simple. You just enter your number, receive sms and enter the code. What's not ready yet? There is no Android-app. Only iOS. Android-client is scheduled for this September. No voice/video conferencing and group chat. No way to call from outside to Zangi user. But, in general, as Zangi told us, all the advantages and disadvantages, described above - are temporary. Communication sphere is a non-stop arms race and competitors are constantly adding new features and improve quality. And Zangi is ready to take part in this race .
2010. Skype to create new products for business
Today Skype has filed an IPO registration statement and plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Along with the IPO application Skype has published some of the their business stats and plan of its further development. It turnes out that the company is doing quite well. During the first 6 months in 2010 Skype has earned $406 million, that is approximately 25% higher the previous year. Nevertheless, taking into account that the Skype has already more than 560 million registered users (it's more than Facebook), the company's management wants to earn at least ten times more. In addition, they are worried that almost 90% of Skipe's income comes from a single service - SkypeOut. Therefore, the major objective of attracting new investments is the development of new paid of business applications. What will be those new business apps - is unknown yet. Skype currently offers 2 business products (except the SkypeOut): Skype Manager (the control panel that allows to create employee accounts, pay for them and whatch the statistics) and Skype Connect (the service that allows to integrate Skype with the corporate IP-PBX system). Recently it turned out that Skype has agreed with Cisco and ShoreTel that these PBX suppliers will resell Skype Connect to their customers. Also, soon to Skype will add group videoconferencing (for 5 persons), which are mainly intended for business and will be a paid service. It's # likely that after the videoconferencing Skype will also add web-conferencing tools to compete with Webex and GoToMeeting. As you know, Skype already provides screen-sharing tool, but it has very basic functionality and only supports one-to-one meetings. Another possible business product from Skype could be Skype Connect extension for mobile users - the system similar to Blackberry, which enables mobile users access data and services in the enterprise Skype-account. For example, the ability to sync contact list, chat history, access voicemail on the server. But the most interesting business application that Skype may create - is a virtual PBX - a system that allows to link a local number, set rules of processing incoming calls, set up a voice menu and control the the internal calls in the company. Such service would allow small businesses to operate phone calls without buying and maintaining a traditional PBX device or software. In addition, on top of such PBX service Skype could built a platform for voice applications and earn license fees just like Salesforce, Apple and Google.
2007. RingCentral allows to manage your calls, save money with VoIP
The phone call management service called RingCentral is introducing a slew of VoIP plans called DigitalLine that give users the option to use VoIP instead of, or on top of their existing landlines. The new VoIP implementation is fairly straightforward. All incoming calls can be set to be received via VoIP, letting you receive and manage phone calls while away from your landline. You can also get various minute packages to use VoIP to make outgoing calls, including an all-you-can-eat plan of outgoing VoIP for around $25/month. In contrast to consumer VoIP services like Vonage, Skype, or Comcast"s DigitalVoice, RingCentral isn"t aiming at cheap outgoing long distance providers, as much as the multi-line business crowd who"s looking for a way to handle several lines without the hardware or staffing. Small business owners will love it, since you can set up a ridiculously extensive set of rules to handle incoming calls, or reroute them on the fly with a virtual phone call manager called SoftPhone.