There are a lot of individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and even medium sized businesses who need a USA phone number. This could be for online shopping purposes, business needs etc. Regardless, of why, a US phone number is extremely handy.
How to Get a USA phone number
- Short-list a service that offers a USA phone number
- Take a good look at the FAQ and how the service works
- Signup with the service (Hopefully they will offer a free-trial and you can check the service before paying)
- Choose a plan that fits your needs by assessing the features and price.
- Pay the price
- Start using your phone number!
For your ease, we have listed few services which give a USA number. Of course, you could need a USA number for online shopping purposes but whatever your need is, one of the services should be perfect for you to get a USA phone numbers.
Do note that several of these services are VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), and that can require some outside hardware/set-up requirements and that… can always be tricky. You can check out our soft-guide that explains the basics of VoIP.
For now, Let’s take a look at the services that offer international phone numbers for a price.
CallCentric is one of the easiest and most popular phone services out there. One of the big benefits of CallCentric is the ability to get a phone number from any country, not just the USA/UK/AU but others also. CallCentric is also free to use when calling other CallCentric or VoIP services. If you need to call other services, such as landlines, CallCentric offers tonnes of plans, so you shouldn’t have to worry about spending too little or too much.
We tried this service out by purchasing their free phone number and then without adding any funds to our account, called on it. We got a US accent lady saying ‘the number you are dialing is currently unavailable’ – then we checked the dashboard and saw that our purchased number had indeed received the call from the one we were dialing from (so proves that the caller ID works as well as the free phone number purchase) but because we had not setup call forwarding and/or added funds to our account, we had not been able to get ourselves on the phone… Am I making sense?
The point is, if you want to use this service to set up PayPal; first add funds via Credit Card and set up call forwarding, which is a ‘free add-on’. Then give it another go and when you see your phone ring (meaning your call is being forwarded successfully) then go ahead and use it for PayPal.
If you are looking to stick to something you already understand, then just get a number through Skype. Doing so will get you an international phone number with ease, and the prices are quite good. There are still international rates to think about, but depending on your usage it shouldn’t be that expensive. Plus, using Skype gives you the benefit of using it on virtually any device. The only real downside is the list of available countries is pretty short. You can still get USA phone numbers though and UK/AUS as well.
Line2 is an app that gives you a USA phone number to be used on smartphones, tablets, PC/Mac and even smartwatches. The service in itself is IP based that runs on cloud and works with internet. So if you have WiFi or mobile internet, you are all set to use it. Just download the app, select a number with area code, pay the fee and start receiving and making calls. So far the service is like Skype, but you can also text someone and if you pay an additional amount, there are some business features like call screening, multiple lines and auto attendant that you may find useful to use. Prices are available on monthly and annual basis.
Line2 has apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Apple Watch and FireOS.
Sonetel offers virtual phone numbers in various countries. Simply signup to get two test numbers for a free test drive of 3-5 days. You will notice that while Skype routes all the calls through VoIP, Sonetel routes all the calls via traditional line. So you basically make calls via their iOS or Android app, but receive calls through your traditional landline or mobile phone, no internet required. All the incoming and outgoing calls work on monthly prepaid basis through 3D secure VISA or Mastercards. Sonetel customers also have the option to record all incoming and outgoing calls for free by configuring it through their dashboard.
Just note that these phone numbers cannot receive any type of automated or verification SMS or calls from Banking services or Shopping sites or Social media sites or any third party website as their virtual numbers and their use is forbidden for identity verification. Plot twist?
This is strictly for businesses I think. You get a USA phone number, local or toll-free. Or even a Canadian local phone number. After that you can set a menu for extension or forward it to a voicemail if you want. You do not need an internet connection or an app, but an active 10-digit phone number to receive/make calls. Each plan comes with 30-day free trial. After that you can pay via your credit card. There are a tonne of other features like faxing, call recording, transcriptions, greetings and conferencing and etc.
Phone.com doesn’t promise the moon but give you a good service in the cloud. Yes that’s what they say on their website. Their VOIP service offers a free signup, where you pick a plan and select a USA phone number of your choice. Be it toll free or local, you can configure the new USA number on your iOS device by downloading their app. They have a plethora of features attached with each of their plans and you can avail them by paying through you credit card or a checking account.
This is another one of the great services for simple VoIP. Like CallCentric, this service is also pretty affordable. The cheapest plan is $15 for a starter account. But, users do get to get a number from a huge list of countries, and you could also get a toll free number for US and Canada numbers, which is great for business.
Vonage is another great service that offers phone numbers and dialling plans both. Simply reserve a phone number for yourself and then pick a plan and you are off to a great start. Vonage works in every part of the world but if you don’t want their device, then you can pick their softwares which are free to download and are in true sense part of their business package.
Odd name I know, but does the job well. You can get a US phone number for a price. All you need to do is register your Ooma device online and you will get to pick a new phone number in any area code in the USA (except Alaska). Remember that Ooma is a standalone device and has no need of a computer system and hence as such doesn’t require a software (or headset/earphones with mic) to operate. It simply replaces the current phone service you use. Unless you need to add a fresh piece of equipment, then it won’t be replacing anything but adding a new item to your decor. Note that the device is run on an internet connection, be it cable, DSL or fiber-optic.
As an honoury mention, I’d like to say that MagicJack is also a very promising solution but do see how it works and/or if its something that fixes your situation to make international calls.
That’s our list of great services to get USA phone numbers. Now its your turn, tell us which service you use and why.