Thursday, June 26, 2008

Anonymous or location shifted phone numbers gain popularity

A popular use of VoIP technology allows individuals and businesses to deploy phone numbers used for temporary or covert purposes. From job hunters to singles in the dating scene, "virtual phone numbers" serve a real purpose for many consumers who don't want to provide their real phone number. Businesses can expand their geographic presence by using phone numbers which are out of their region or even outside their home country, giving them them an appearance that they operate in markets outside their main location. These numbers are not always used with the best intentions and can be very temporary. In some cases, unscrupulous telemarketing firms use these numbers for short campaigns where they want to disappear at their convenience.

There are many other reasons why legitimate users want these numbers. For Example, let's say you live in Mexico City and your mom lives in Miami. Her area code is 786. You could get a telephone number in the 786 area code that rings to you in Mexico City. Now mom doesn't have to pay long distance charges when she calls you. For businesses, giving a client a local number to reach you can make it easier for them to communicate and provide a higher level of customer service. Like other technologies, there is always room for abuse. In the case of temporary phone numbers, the benefits for those with good intentions outweighs the bad.

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