Before now, getting a USA phone number used to be quite a stressful process. Receiving calls on the USA phone number or having calls to it diverted to your local phone number required you to either pay or get down in the mud with soft phone configurations. In this brief guide, I’ll show you a stress-free method of getting a USA phone number and also configure it to ring on your local phone number…..the best part is that its free!
Disclaimer! You are solely responsible for whatever you choose to do with this piece of information
What was the traditional way of getting a USA phone number and configure it to receive or divert calls?
It used to be quite a lengthy process and one only for the determined. You would first have to register for an SIP with any free SIP provider. You would then proceed to ipkall to obtain a USA phone number using your SIP details. From ipkall, you would get your SIP client configuration details which are to be used in setting up your SIP client. Armed with these details, you would then have to download a soft phone and get down to configuring it. As you can imagine, its not a process for the faint hearted. Good news is, there’s a much easier way.
How do I get a free USA phone number and easily configure it to ring on my local phone number?
For this, you’ll be using a free service called Voxox.
What is Voxox?
Voxox is a service (free and paid) which offers:
- Free Voxox Calls: Free calling with other Voxox users anywhere in the world- no limits
- Free Voxox Chat: Send & receive free text messages with any of your Voxox contacts
- International Calls: Connect with friends & family anywhere in the world with low rates
- In Chat Sharing: Send your friends pictures, videos. Share contacts & your location
- Translation: Send and receive in 37 languages using the handy chat translation
- In Chat Fax: Scan and send a fax right from the chat thread
Now, lets get down to getting your USA phone number and configuring it to ring on another line.
1. Sign up for a free Voxox account at https://signup.voxox.com/
2. In the activation email sent to you, click the activation link to have your Voxox account activated
3. Sign in at the Voxox website
4. Under Call Settings , you should find your new USA number (it will also get sent via email)
5. Download the Voxox app at http://www.voxox.com/downloads
6. Install and Sign in at the app
7. Navigate to the More tab
8. Scroll down to Settings and select User
9. Select Find Me
10. Tick Call Simultaneously and the USA phone number
11. Tap Add Find Me Number
12. Enter your local phone number including the country code but without the leading “+” sign and tap OK
13. Ensure that the newly added phone number is ticked and you’re done.
14. You can now place a test call to your USA phone number and watch it ring on the local phone number you added.
* To accept incoming calls on the local number, you will be asked to tap “1”
* You will not be charged for receiving calls
* If you encounter the problem of missing contacts in Voxox then see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-disappearing-contacts-on-an-android-phone/
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