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Business Phone Number: How To Get One and Why You Might Need It

A business phone number can be just as important as a company’s brand logo. In the world of business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) communications, it’s a touchstone — a connection to your organization.


This is the reason so many businesses prioritize adopting a business phone number that can scale with their needs. How can this help your business? Let’s explore some options.

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What Is a Business Phone Number?

Business phone numbers are more than just a series of digits. They’re a core aspect of brand building, serving as a direct line of communication for your clients, partners, and contractors.

When integrated with memorable marketing campaigns, business phone numbers can even be the selling point that encourages on-the-fence leads to reach out,  resulting in increased call volumes and improved customer acquisition.

If this sounds like something your business would benefit from, keep reading to learn more about:

  • The different types of phone numbers for a business

  • The benefits of having a dedicated business phone number

  • How to get the right number for your business

The Different Types of Business Phone Numbers

So, what are the different types of business phone numbers for you to choose from? 

Local Phone Numbers

A local company number is distinguished by a specific area code at its start. Businesses often include this identifier to show they’re located near their target market, as this is helpful for creating a sense of familiarity and trust among local clientele.

Large companies may even adopt a set of local phone numbers for each city or country they operate in. For example, each of their branches might have its own calling code and attract a slightly different target customer than in broader outreach efforts. This simultaneously supports both wide and targeted customer reach.

Such an approach is made possible by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and virtual numbers. VoIP is the technology that allows you to make calls over the internet rather than via traditional networks. 

Virtual, or VoIP, numbers, therefore, aren’t tied to a particular geographic location. Thus, a business can set up and use numbers focused on specific areas, whether or not they have a physical presence there.

Toll-Free Phone Numbers

A toll-free company number means customers can get in touch without having to worry about call charges or additional hidden fees.

In the U.S. and Canada, these types of business telephone numbers are commonly identified by the “1-800” calling code at their start. This code is easy for customers to remember, and it makes them more likely to reach out with business inquiries.

The business that owns the number pays the cost of the call, rather than the caller. That’s why Vonage is a popular choice of communications provider, as you can get toll-free phone numbers for business at a flat monthly rate without per minute charges.

Vanity Phone Numbers

Vanity business numbers often contain a string of numbers and letters that spell out a catchy or humorous word. For example, a travel agency may choose something like “1-800-BOOK-TRIP” so customers instantly know what their line of work is and can remember the number easily.

You might choose these phone numbers as part of a promotional campaign, as they’re a simple way to reinforce your brand image and attract greater call volumes.

The Benefits of a Dedicated Small Business Phone Number

A dedicated phone number for small business can be the key that unlocks benefits and features you didn’t even know you were missing out on — especially if it’s part of a well-equipped business phone system. 

With a Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) platform, for example, you get all the benefits of dedicated business numbers and an array of additional features.

Let’s explore some of the most compelling advantages:

Professional Brand Image

Creating a strong brand presence is a crucial (yet challenging) task that every small business must tackle. The first steps to overcome this hurdle are generally as follows:

  • Get a business phone number

  • Build a professional website

  • Create a corresponding business email

So, why is the right business phone number so important?

Well, for starters, it suggests your company is an established and mature corporation. Think about it — customers are likely to feel reassured that you’re providing a legitimate service if they see a distinct business number rather than one for a random personal cell phone.

That’s not to mention the additional features that typically come with UCaaS solutions, as we mentioned earlier, such as the ability to host call conferences, forward callers to another department, play call-hold music while they wait, and more. 

Having these additional features can help create the positive brand perception that companies need to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Security and Reliability

Small business phone numbers can be the target of cybercriminals — and it’s easy to see why, since you’re probably using them to transmit sensitive customer data on a daily basis.

Fortunately, most UCaaS solutions are built to withstand cyberattacks, data theft, and snooping. Vonage, for instance, invests heavily in security and privacy measures and maintains a wide range of compliance certifications across our product lines. They include ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, SOC, HITRUST, and CSA STAR, to name just a few.

Vonage also offers capabilities that make managing suspicious calls easier, such as the ability to block caller ID or conduct a pre-call screening function. Spam blocking functionality also prevents incoming calls from known telemarketers, robocalls, and scams, giving you peace of mind around the clock.

Call Management

Dedicated business phone apps also tend to offer features that go far beyond a typical phone to support effective call management.

For example, your team can benefit from upgrades like click-to-dial, which eliminates the need to type out entire strings of numbers each time you want to make a call.

One of the biggest benefits of having a business phone system is your ability to manage incoming calls more effectively.

The Vonage AI Virtual Assistant, for instance,  can even use conversational AI to answer customer queries and execute the appropriate action without a member of your team needing to get involved.

Integration With Your CRM Software

To get the most out of a business phone number, you’ll want to integrate the functions of your VoIP-based phone system with your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.

Why? Because this bridges the gap between your communication channels and customer data. For instance, your employees will benefit from being able to easily access information like a caller’s purchase history, support tickets, or which team member they spoke to last.

You can use this advanced functionality with call management capabilities to capture more leads too, such as by moving high-value callers to the front of your call queue to help ensure that you close a deal.

Virtual Phone Receptionist

A virtual phone receptionist, or auto-attendant, is the pre-recorded voice you might have heard when calling corporate phone numbers.

Typically, virtual receptionists direct customers to input numbers on their keypad as a form of self-service. This can help callers find the information they need without taking up the time of your team. The Vonage Virtual Receptionist is quick and easy to set up and configure, and you can even create settings based on business hours, staff availability, and public holidays.   

Call Recording, Transcription, and Visual Voicemail

While call recording is possible with a regular cell phone, you won’t have access to the whole suite of features that a business phone system can provide.

Reliable call recording provides valuable training materials for onboarding new staff members or for supervisors to review and give tailored feedback to employees.

These features also save precious time for your customer support agents. For instance, call transcription and visual voicemail turn a customer’s speech into text, which can be quickly scanned and referred back to without needing to scribble down notes.

SMS and Messaging Features

The best business phone systems usually offer more than just phone services. Some, for example, include messaging features.

For instance, employees can easily send customers a link with answers to their specific problems from their desktop screens. Alternatively, automated follow-up texts can be sent to check whether customer support was able to resolve a query or if further help is needed.

How To Get a Business Phone Number (or Keep an Existing One) With Vonage

Luckily, you’ve got lots of options when it comes to setting up a dedicated business phone number, such as getting one as part of your Vonage Business Communications (VBC) platform.

For starters, find the right VBC plan that fits your business needs. This will include your business phone number and various features and capabilities, depending on the plan. And, if you want to upgrade as your business scales, you can easily add local and toll-free options or an international company number, too.

A big concern for many small businesses making the leap to a new phone system is that they’ll have to send out their new number to all their existing clients. Don’t worry, though — we’ve got your back. 

Vonage makes it easy to keep or “port” your existing telephone number to our Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platform. This ensures that the transition is as smooth as possible for your customers and your employees.

If you need more information on how to set up a business phone number, get in touch with one of our experts today.

Still Have Questions About Business Phone Numbers?

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a communications technology that allows people to make and take calls over the internet. A VoIP phone system can convert a device’s audio input into data packets and transfer these across a stable internet connection.

A VoIP number, then, is a virtual identifier that your clients can enter into their keypads to initiate a call on your chosen VoIP software — think of it as essentially a digital version of a regular phone number.

Well, it depends — how much do you value being able to disconnect from work during the evenings, weekends, and vacations? How important is it to be accessible during work hours when you’re on-the-go at meetings or traveling?

That’s not to mention the outward-facing benefits of having a company phone number. Your business will appear more credible, brand recognition will improve, and you can leverage advanced tools such as auto-attendant, call recording, and visual voicemail features.

Virtual phone numbers and systems are typically a more affordable option for small businesses than traditional landlines.

For starters, installing a physical landline system in your office requires a significant upfront investment, as you need to cover the cost of hardware and equipment like PBX servers, telephony cards, routers, switches, and wiring infrastructure. That’s not to mention the cost (and time) it takes for an engineer to install this equipment.

On the other hand, cloud-based phone numbers for businesses are a breeze to set up. Simply choose a VoIP solution that matches your needs, connect a headset to your internet-connected device, and you’ll be ready to go!

You can check out our competitive pricing plans for more information, or schedule a conversation with one of our experts.

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  • The different types of business phone numbers — local, toll-free, and vanity
  • How a dedicated phone number can present your company as a legitimate, established business
  • How a business phone system lets you manage incoming calls more effectively

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