Which phone number is a good fit for my business?
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With so many different categories of business phone numbers available to businesses, it can be hard to decide which type of number is right for your business. Generally, these business numbers are broken down into different categories. Not every business number type is suitable for all businesses, so you should be sure to compare the different options that are available to you. We will cover a variety of different business numbers, while discussing the purpose of each and its benefits. Business numbers are already widely recognized by the public, and being utilized by a majority of businesses; perhaps it is time that your business jumps on this bandwagon!
0800 Free Phone Numbers
These business numbers are particularly alluring because they offer toll free calling to your customers or clients. Since you can boost your business inquiries by as much as 300% (according to research) with them, these free phone numbers can be a huge benefit to your business. Unfortunately, your business will take on an expense for each incoming call, but this will be offset quickly when the extra sales and profits become prominent.
0844 and 0871 Business Numbers
These phone numbers do not offer toll free benefits for the customer. Instead, your business can earn income from any incoming call made by clients and customers. These are called rebate numbers, and are highly favored by businesses for tech support hot lines and customer service lines. 0844 numbers may not earn quite as much as 0871 numbers, but they tend to be more common and widely known. Either way, both business number types can be a huge monetary bonus for the business.
0845 “Low Call” Numbers
This type of business number is more of a median option for the two types previously discussed. It does not offer free phone calling for customers like the first, and it also does not offer rebate benefits for the business as the second does. Fortunately, callers are only charged local rates when calling 0845 numbers. It is still a non-geographic number, so customers will not have to pay for long distance fees. Another great benefit to these numbers is that your business will not have to pay for the incoming calls it receives through the non-geographic business number. If you are looking for an option that is a low cost alternative for your business, but is still appealing to customers, then 0845 numbers are probably the best option for your business.
03 Numbers- Mobile Free Phone Numbers
With the increasing popularity of free phone numbers, there has been an option developed for mobile phone users. Mobile free phone numbers offer discounts to mobile callers. There are a few options with these mobile numbers:
If you have a non-mobile business number, such as 0844 or 0871, you can use an 03 number ending in the same digits as your business number (for example, 0344 or 0371).
If you are registering a new non-geographic number for mobile only callers, then 0333 numbers are available also.
For non-profits and charitable organizations, 0300 and 0303 numbers are available.