announces the immediate availability of virtual phone numbers. This new offering enables consumers to create multiple customized telephone numbers that route to their VoxOx account, and can also be routed to other phones (work, home, mobile, etc.). Consumers can select their virtual phone numbers from more than 100 area codes in the U.S. and Canada. They also have the ability to do a “vanity” search for memorable digits and word spellings.
VoxOx virtual numbers are being offered in addition to the free phone numbers that every VoxOx user receives upon sign-up. Each virtual number costs $1.95 per month or $19.95 per year – one third of the cost of Skype’s online numbers. Differentiators of VoxOx virtual numbers include support for inbound SMS and fax.
VoxOx also announced the addition of free global numbers, made possible through an alliance with the iNum initiative. iNum is a special global area code (+883) dedicated to enabling new IP communications services. These global numbers make it easier for friends, family and colleagues overseas to dial VoxOx users from landlines and mobile phones, and other VoIP networks worldwide at local rates or free. Once a VoxOx user activates the free iNum number, the person’s overseas friends can dial him or her from any phone via one of the local access numbers in 45 countries as a two-stage call. As a result, the VoxOx user pays nothing to receive the international call and the overseas friend only pays for the local call to the access number.
With these new phone number options, VoxOx provides some of the best flexibility in the industry for choosing a number that meets a user’s objectives. Currently, consumers who sign up for VoxOx in all supported countries receive:
- A free randomly selected U.S. phone number and initial calling credit
- An option to add multiple virtual phone numbers, customizable by area code and “vanity” digits
- A free global iNum number to enable overseas friends to call VoxOx users at local rates or free
- The option to forward a consumer’s existing cell phone number to VoxOx without having to give out a new phone number