Virtual numbers and real estate - Make your 1800 # ring anywhere-

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Virtual numbers and real estate. 

By Bruno Roldan


The arrival of virtual numbers to skype last year has been a great addition to the the now vast tool set Realtors have for staying connected.

  • Wikipedia defines a Vritual phone number as: a telephone number without an associated phone line. Usually these numbers are programmed to be forwarded to either a Voice over IP service such as skype, or to a different phone line, fixed or mobile.  

The addition means that you can get a local phone number and this phone number will ring wherever you have your laptop connected. Yes this means that if your in Hawaii, if your laptop happens to be connected, skype would ring on it and you would pick up the phone call free of charge just as if you were back home!!!

What if you have a 1800 number? Simply forward your 1800 number to your virtual number and this number would ring on your laptop.  

Virtual numbers run at around 20 dollars per year. Quite affordable if you ask me. 

Reducing your telephone bill:

Skype also has a service for 15 dollars per year that allows you to call anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Skype is also selling phones that are constantly connected to broadband in case you do not have your laptop on all the time.  





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Comments (9)

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Clayton, MO
Hi Bruno! I've been meaning to check out skype...I'll go do that. Thanks for the info. :)
Sep 07, 2007 03:50 AM
Jennifer Wilson
Agent Solutions - Calgary, AB
Agent Solutions

Pamela...Skye is awesome and very easy to setup and use. I use it often to speak with clients and colleagues in other provinces and countries . If you have any questions about it, let me know.


Sep 07, 2007 04:01 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
OK color me stupid...but how do you talk?To the screen? Or is there a receiver that plugs into the computer?
Sep 07, 2007 04:41 PM
Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds - Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Real Estate
I use Vonage, love it and dumped Verizon.  RingCentral is my fax service.  I have my Vonage numbers transfer to my cell so a call is never missed when I am out of the office.
Sep 07, 2007 11:04 PM
Real Estate Flyers
Guru Real Estate Flyers - Toronto, ON

Hi Joan,

You plug in a mic and head set or if you buy one of the phones that are connected all the time, you just pic up the phone like you normally would. 

Sep 08, 2007 01:52 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
Thanks for the answer...I could picture myself sitting at my desk talking to the screen...not a pretty sight!LOL
Sep 08, 2007 06:51 AM
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Guru Real Estate Flyers - Toronto, ON
hahahahah :)
Sep 08, 2007 09:16 AM
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
AKA Enhanced call forwarding, at least that;s what verizon calls it, we've utilized it for years!
Dec 04, 2007 05:18 PM
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Guru Real Estate Flyers - Toronto, ON

Hi katarina, 

Does verizon give virtual numbers? enhanced call forwarding and virtual numbers are a different thing. Can you pic up a call in china with enhanced call forwarding from verizon? 

Is anybody noticing the quality of comments is slowly declining here on active rain? How about the hundreds of spam e-mails from that group you know you shouldnt have joined......?

Dec 06, 2007 01:17 PM

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