- Get a permanent toll-free phone number for your home or business
- Google Voice
- Applications that release free phone numbers
Get a permanent toll-free phone number for your home or business
As a general rule, you will only get a phone number if you pay for a landline phone service, activate a mobile phone or SIM card, or sign up for a VoIP service. The room comes with a service.
However, you can get free no-obligation phone numbers and monthly bills. Toll free numbers are available if you know where to look, often bundled with other cool features.
Google Voice offers a toll-free phone number that allows you to call multiple phones at once when you receive a call. This means that when you sign up for a toll-free number from Google and people call that number, you can make calls on your computer, phone, and tablet at the same time, so you don’t miss a call.
One cool feature you get with Google Voice is transcribed calls. This means you can read your voicemail instead of listening to it. You can also transfer your “real” phone number to the Google Voice service.
With Google Voice, you can make free local calls to any phone number within the US, including business, other cell phones, and home phones. International calls are also available, but you have to pay for them.
Applications that release free phone numbers
There are many applications that you can use to make free calls over the Internet. Google Vocie is one example, but there are many others that will give you a real phone number that will call the app you install on your phone or tablet.
FreedomPop, TextNow and Textfree are just a few examples. During setup, you will be given a real phone number that others can call you and that you can use to call other phones. All calls are managed through the app, so you can also keep your real phone number.
These and other apps also give you options for text messages, voicemail options, and other phone-like features.
The iNum project is interesting because the company’s goal is to give the world one number. With location independent numbers, this allows users to create a unified presence around the world.
iNum provides users with phone numbers with the global country code +883, which is created by the ITU. You can use the +883 number as a virtual number and reach it anywhere in the world by phone and other communication device without worrying about area codes and related charges.
Numbers from iNum are available through the service providers listed on the iNum website. You contact one of the service providers to get a free SIP account with free calls to all other iNum numbers.