How to Get a Free Phone Number

Get a permanent free phone number for your home or business

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Normally, you get a phone number only when you pay for a phone landline service, when you activate a cell phone or SIM card, or when you register for a VoIP service. The number comes with the service. However, you can get free phone numbers without engagement and monthly bills. Free phone numbers are available if you know where to look, often in a package with other interesting features. 

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Google Voice

Screenshot of the Google Voice call log.

Google Voice gives you a free phone number through which you can have multiple phones ring at the same time on an incoming call. The number comes along with a package of interesting features. For example, you can have your voice calls recorded and converted into text and eventually sent to your email. You can use the number to make free local calls within the U.S., and international calling rates are competitive. You can also have your old phone number ported to the Google Voice service. 

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Screenshot of the iNum website.

The iNum project is interesting because the company's aim is to provide one number for the world. Through location-independent numbers, it allows users to establish a unified presence worldwide. INum provides users with phone numbers with the +883 global country code, a code that has been created by the ITU. You can use a +883 number as a virtual number and be contacted through a phone and another communication device anywhere in the world, without having to worry about area codes and associated rates. INum numbers are available through the iNum service providers that are listed on the iNum website. You contact one of the service providers to obtain a free SIP account with free calling to all other iNum numbers.

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Screenshot of the Phonebooth website.

Phonebooth is interesting for businesses, but you can take advantage of it at home as well. It gives you two free phone numbers, but the service is not entirely free. Although there is no contract or set-up fee, you pay $20 per month for all local and long-distance calls in the U.S. If you make a lot of long-distance calls in the continental U.S., Phonebooth may be less expensive than one of the free numbers that charges for long distance calls. 

You can use the numbers with multiple phones including your mobile phone. Phonebooth includes voice-to-text transcription of voicemails, an auto-attendant, and HD quality audio.

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Screenshot of the CallCentric website.

CallCentric offers a free phone number in a limited number of areas of New York State. The number is only for receiving incoming calls. The free number comes with three inbound channels and the possibility of adding other channels for free. There is no setup, monthly, or per-minute fees.