We launched NumberGarage™ with PARK and FORWARD services in 2008 — well before we all spoke of “the cloud” (virtual hosting) with regard to hosted services. Our Chief Mechanic couldn’t find a service to simply forward phone calls without a physical phone. So, he created NumberGarage™ because he just wanted calls to his home phone number to send to his wife’s cell phone.
We’re amazed by the many different reasons people need to manage their phone numbers. Consumers and businesses have very unique phone number management needs directly related to voice communication.
Here’s a list of the 5 most common reasons people use NumberGarage™ as a solution –
1) Moving – Is there a landline or cell phone number you want to keep for life or just for now? Whether you decide to PARK a number or FORWARD your calls, never have to give out a new number again.
2) Downsizing – From small business owners to major corporations, we help consolidate phone numbers so you won’t miss a single call, even as your telecom-related needs scale down.
3) Investing – Did you know that phone numbers can have value? If you own a valuable area code such as a 212 NYC number, hold onto it!
4) New Business – When competitors go out of business, buying up their old phone numbers is a great lead generation opportunity. When old customers call in, they still receive great service and you get a new customer at little to no cost! Or, before you close your business, call you competitor and sell them leads, or the number itself.
5) International Travel – If you’re planning to travel for an extended amount of time, it can be challenging to stay in touch with loved ones affordably. With NumberGarage™, we offer a simple AND affordable solution—just port your number over to us and forward it to a free phone number service (Whats App, or Skype®, etc.). This makes it easy for friends and family to continue calling your local number to reach you anywhere in the world! When you get back home, just port away from NumberGarage™ to your carrier of choice.
A phone number is similar to a social security number in that both can identify U.S. citizens. This is because the United States is located within the North American Numbering Plan system, which uses ten digits per phone number.
There are lots of other numbering plans in the world and each plan is different in its pattern of numbers. Unlike our closed system here in the U.S., an open system has more or less than ten digits.
Despite all the advances in telecommunication-related devices (landlines to super smart phones), a phone number is still needed to call someone, or for others to call you. Just like Morse code, each number represents a pattern. For example, “three, two, three” looks like this: “••• – •• – •••”.
Here in the U.S., there are three parts to a ten-digit phone number – area code, prefix, and house (station) number.
The area code and prefix are the most important parts of your phone number. Think of it as: area code = area of North America, prefix = the city, the last four digits = your station (i.e. home).
Make sense? If you have any questions, just call us – 866-965-PARK.
Do you have a phone number you wish you could have kept? We hear it all the time — “I wish I knew about you when we moved!”
If you’re moving, living abroad or have too many phone numbers to manage, you might want to learn more about NumberGarage™. We port phone numbers in and forward phone calls out — that’s it!
So what’s the big benefit? You get to keep the same phone number regardless of where you live, avoiding all the hassles of changing your contact info. This could mean a short-term solution while you settle in or a long-term opportunity to keep a legacy phone number that’s important to you.
Another example of when NumberGarage™ will come in handy is if you decide to live internationally for an extended period of time. In this case, you might choose to reactivate your phone number with a cellular carrier when you return to the United States.
While traveling abroad, there are TONS of options to help manage your communications. In fact, here’s a recent Forbes article detailing a laundry list of ways to approach call forwarding when traveling: http://onforb.es/1tCUSB5.
At NumberGarage™, we like to keep things simple (and affordable!). So what’s our solution? Just forward your U.S. phone number through NumberGarage™ to your Skype® or Google Voice® phone number. It’s arguably one of the easiest and most affordable ways to stay in touch with your callers while you travel.
With this approach, your callers won’t know what country you’re in unless you tell them! This is because their call to you is still considered a local call. The down side….depending on where you’re living, you might be answering calls when you should be sleeping 🙂