TalkU gives you a free second number to make and receive calls in the US and internationally. Call any mobile or landline phone number in more than 200 countries with unlimited free calling and texting between TalkU users. Features include Visual voicemail with instant listening, call screens, group calling with free group conference calls, and walkie-talkie.
Talkatone gives you a free US or Canadian phone number to make free calls in those countries. Inbound international calls are also free, with monthly subscription fee for making calls to select countries. The app supports ads, but you can pay for the service to have them removed.
Swytch has designed its app so businesses can give their employees work mobile numbers, instead of work mobile phones. This is a great cost effective option for many small businesses. For the employees it means not having to change personal handset, network operator or SIM card. And for business owners, it means saving on the purchase of increasingly expensive smartphones.
Sideline built its business with a free version loaded with features, but now it is only available as a paid service. Still the high-quality features such as auto-attendant, along with standard calling options seem worth the price for many businesses.
Second Phone Number
Second Phone Number gives you as many numbers as you want with monthly or yearly subscriptions. The phone numbers are available for 31 countries with features including contact management, numbers for specific business use, texting, SMS and more.
Telos gives you unlimited calling and texting with a second phone number. You can get a US phone number in any area code as well as international numbers in several countries. Calls can be forwarded to any landline or mobile number with voicemail, auto reply messages and blocking features.
Textfree starts with free text messages, inbound calls and limited outbound calls for your second number. It is important to remember you have to use your free number at least once within a 30 day period or the company will reclaim it. You can keep the paid numbers for as long as you want.
TextMe Up lets you manage as many numbers as you like and switch between multiple numbers in one screen. Features include HD voice and video calling, as well as group messages with texting, photo and video sharing. You can call numbers in the US, Canada, UK and 200 countries with monthly plans.
Textplus provides real free US phone numbers with unlimited free SMS text and MMS to any US or Canadian number. While inbound calls are free, you can only make ad-supported free calls. If you don’t want the ads, you can opt for the paid service. The app uses push notifications to instantly deliver text messages. You can also send emojis, stickers, animated GIFs, and voice notes with support for group blast messaging.
You can place and receive calls and text messages to any phone number or SIP device with Virtual Phone. The app includes features to keep track of all caller information, such as geographical location, time zone, caller’s name, and phone. Advanced business call management and routing rules, interactive voice menus, custom greetings, multiple voice mailboxes and more are also available.
WhatsCall lets you make calls to users even if they don’t have the app or an internet connection. It includes one touch recording for incoming and outgoing calls, call block and caller ID. The company has different offers to earn credit for free calls, including watching ads, playing games, completing tasks and inviting friends.
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I guess this is needed. It is devastating to get calls from your personal number especially if you are on vacation. This will limit communications to just a business mobile number.
Another option to try out is OpenPhone. We give small business owners a dedicated phone number (local or 1-800) on top of their current device with professional features to make their business look and sound great.
Our subscription includes unlimited talk, text, picture messaging, ability to share responsibility for the phone number with a partner or team, dedicated business voicemail, set availability to direct callers to voicemail when you’re off, and much more.
Get started for free here – http://www.openphone.co
I prefer Cloud SIM app, I have been using for over 6 months. I have 3 numbers on my iPhone.
Informative and knowledgeable article.
This article is very informative and important. We are looking for this type of apps for my business.
I need a second number
I wish someone would do a comparative review on the most popular second number apps available. Having a layout with different features like monthly or annual subscriptions, calls/text/voicemail/assisted answering service/international calls/video chat etc., as well as price comparisons and direct links to the options through the App Store. Don’t get it twisted though, this was a nice preliminary review on the included apps, but something a bit more extensive and thorough with a comparison chart would be an apt idea to enhance it for improved interfaces, reader appeal, and overall quality and content.