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Is there a UK version of Google Voice with a free landline number?

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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
I'm looking for a way for potential clients to call me on a Uk landline (or similar) number which diverts to my mobile phone (preferably through to an app like Skype or Google Voice).

Is there anything like this available in the UK?
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
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As suggested above Vonage is a very good service. I use them and when a call comes in that I don't get in time or I'm out it diverts to my mobile (at 10p per minute I think). The benefit is that it is great quality and it doesn't rely on your internet connection when diverted (guessing Skype would).

I also use this in conjunction with 08direct for 0800 numbers which includes 'whisper' and other features where they will set up an automated answering service.. "Welcome to bob's building supplies, press 1 for new customers, press 2 for existing customers", etc.

Vonage always have deals on for like £50/£70 vouchers and depending on whether you call abroad this is included in the monthly charge (just have to pay extra for certain countries).

vonage = ~ £6pm, 08direct = ~£5 per month.

HTH

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#1
Viber? Vonage?
#2
Thanks.. hadn't heard of Vonage before. That looks interesting, and reasonably priced.

When people call me I want it to be like they're calling a UK Landline number, but it comes through to my mobile instead.

Edited By: Madferrit on May 16, 2014 22:25
#3
Madferrit
Thanks.. hadn't heard of Vonage before. That looks interesting, and reasonably priced.

When people call me I want it to be like they're calling a UK Landline number, but it comes through to my mobile instead.
You mean, like con them?
#4
dereklogan7
Madferrit
Thanks.. hadn't heard of Vonage before. That looks interesting, and reasonably priced.

When people call me I want it to be like they're calling a UK Landline number, but it comes through to my mobile instead.
You mean, like con them?

No not at all. For my clients I want them to dial a local UK number which for me will ring on my mobile. So when I'm out of my home office I will still be in touch with them without having to incur costs for call diversion. From what I've heard Google Voice works exactly like this and its free, but its only available in the states. Vonage looks good, as does Skype but they both charge. I was wondering if there was something free for the UK or something perhaps I could try on a temporary basis to see if it'll work before signing up to a contract for a year or 2.
#5
Only kidding you. Google ' free call divert from landline to mobile ' and you will get a list.
#6
Well it costs you one way or another. Either call diversion or data use and much of the time VOIP calls are not great quality. How about a call diversion service but don't link it to a number and use the free answer phone service. I have used sipgate for years. You get allocated a local number and when somebody dials it it goes to answer phone and they leave their message. It then emails you the callers ID (date, time and number) with a .wav file with the message. You can then listen to the message, investigate the customers problem and then phone them back (on mobile, I have 1000mins) with the answer.

Customers think its great as they are only dialling out for a short time and you can get back to them with the info they need with very little cost to yourself.
#7
Skype is pretty cheap. £40 for a year I think - but there was a half price scheme a while back.
calls come through the app and it's reasonably reliable.
#8
Have a look at Switchboard Free - I use an 0843 number for my business that comes via my landline number and doesn;t cost anything and takes 5 minutes to set up. I have used them now for over a year and it has been great, if I am already on a call then they email me to say if I have missed another call. When I got out I can pick up the missed call emails on my return. They also have the option to divert to a mobile but do charge for this.
banned#9
david29
Have a look at Switchboard Free - I use an 0843 number for my business that comes via my landline number and doesn;t cost anything and takes 5 minutes to set up. I have used them now for over a year and it has been great, if I am already on a call then they email me to say if I have missed another call. When I got out I can pick up the missed call emails on my return. They also have the option to divert to a mobile but do charge for this.
i think you've missed the point, he want a standard telephone no, so It doesn't cost his client for dialling a non geographical no. Personally if you had an 0843 no. you would miss out on my business as I like many others would refuse to dial this type of number!
#10
damo1972
david29
Have a look at Switchboard Free - I use an 0843 number for my business that comes via my landline number and doesn;t cost anything and takes 5 minutes to set up. I have used them now for over a year and it has been great, if I am already on a call then they email me to say if I have missed another call. When I got out I can pick up the missed call emails on my return. They also have the option to divert to a mobile but do charge for this.
i think you've missed the point, he want a standard telephone no, so It doesn't cost his client for dialling a non geographical no. Personally if you had an 0843 no. you would miss out on my business as I like many others would refuse to dial this type of number!
#11
These are not premium rate call line numbers for customers and are cheaper for them to call this than for them to call a standard landline or mobile.
#12
damo1972
david29
Have a look at Switchboard Free - I use an 0843 number for my business that comes via my landline number and doesn;t cost anything and takes 5 minutes to set up. I have used them now for over a year and it has been great, if I am already on a call then they email me to say if I have missed another call. When I got out I can pick up the missed call emails on my return. They also have the option to divert to a mobile but do charge for this.
i think you've missed the point, he want a standard telephone no, so It doesn't cost his client for dialling a non geographical no. Personally if you had an 0843 no. you would miss out on my business as I like many others would refuse to dial this type of number!

Thanks for this suggestion. I prefer not to dial non geographic numbers as well.. i use my mobile for nearly all my calls and get charged extra to call a number that isn't starting with 01 or 02. I'll look through and check all the suggestions.
#13
Use WeQ4U app for free 08 numbers. It automatically cuts in when you dial 08.....
#14
david29
These are not premium rate call line numbers for customers and are cheaper for them to call this than for them to call a standard landline or mobile.

Very wrong. Calling your 0843 number would cost me 35p per minute while calling a 'standard' landline or mobile is included in my tariff.
banned#15
What a lots of people are missing, is the fact most people use there mobiles to make 80% of calls, with this in mind any number that was included in my inclusive mininuits, would not be phoned!
#16
As suggested above Vonage is a very good service. I use them and when a call comes in that I don't get in time or I'm out it diverts to my mobile (at 10p per minute I think). The benefit is that it is great quality and it doesn't rely on your internet connection when diverted (guessing Skype would).

I also use this in conjunction with 08direct for 0800 numbers which includes 'whisper' and other features where they will set up an automated answering service.. "Welcome to bob's building supplies, press 1 for new customers, press 2 for existing customers", etc.

Vonage always have deals on for like £50/£70 vouchers and depending on whether you call abroad this is included in the monthly charge (just have to pay extra for certain countries).

vonage = ~ £6pm, 08direct = ~£5 per month.

HTH
#17
TheGimp
As suggested above Vonage is a very good service. I use them and when a call comes in that I don't get in time or I'm out it diverts to my mobile (at 10p per minute I think). The benefit is that it is great quality and it doesn't rely on your internet connection when diverted (guessing Skype would).

I also use this in conjunction with 08direct for 0800 numbers which includes 'whisper' and other features where they will set up an automated answering service.. "Welcome to bob's building supplies, press 1 for new customers, press 2 for existing customers", etc.

Vonage always have deals on for like £50/£70 vouchers and depending on whether you call abroad this is included in the monthly charge (just have to pay extra for certain countries).

vonage = ~ £6pm, 08direct = ~£5 per month.

HTH

Thanks.. I need something that will be reliable so I'm guessing paying a small price for reliability is worth it. Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.
#18
knack
david29
These are not premium rate call line numbers for customers and are cheaper for them to call this than for them to call a standard landline or mobile.

Very wrong. Calling your 0843 number would cost me 35p per minute while calling a 'standard' landline or mobile is included in my tariff.
#19
No you are wrong - the cost to myh client is 5p per minute and after the initial call we call them back each time.
#20
david29
No you are wrong - the cost to myh client is 5p per minute and after the initial call we call them back each time.

Perhaps if they call from a BT landline. If they call from a mobile it will be significantly more per minute.

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