Free Local Phone Number That Can Ring Multiple Phones

One Number to Ring Multiple Phones For Your Business

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Phonebooth Free is a phone service for small businesses, that offers a free phone number for your area that you channel incoming calls to up to five different phones, fixed and mobile. It poses as an alternative to Google Voice, and also offers a paid upgrade for outgoing calls. The Phonebooth Free service is offered by, which is a major player on the VoIP market. The features offered for free is comparable to Google Voice and its paid rates are around the market’s average.

What Phonebooth Free Offers

Here are the main features offered in the Phonebooth Free service:

  • Two free phone numbers in your area. Each new number costs $1.
  • An incoming call on that number can ring several phones simultaneously. Up to 50 phones can ring at the same time, which, in this scenario, equates to unlimited.
  • 200 free minutes of inbound calling. Each minute above that costs 6 cents, which is a good rate compared to the industry’s average.
  • Auto attendant. This is a mechanism that asks callers to press 1 for this and 2 for that and 3 for that other…
  • Voicemail can be transcribed to text messages and even send as email.
  • Incoming calls can be forward to any phone, including your mobile phone.
  • You can hold group conferences.
  • Rich and user-friendly web interface that allows you to manage your account.
  • Contact Plus Widget – this is a click-to-call object that you put on your website to have your customers click on it to call you directly on your Phonebooth number. This is a great thing for business with an important presence on the web.

    Phonebooth Free Service Cons

    While it is an interesting service for Businesses, Phonebooth does have some dark spots, which you see when compared with competitors like Google Voice and 3Jam.

    • Phonebooth is available only in the US. I inquired with them and the marketing manager told me they have no plan to expand, but are tracking demands in other areas.
    • There is no call recording. They had this in their plan some years back, but it seems they dropped the idea. 
    • The system is closed. In contrast, 3Jam, for example, provides an API for programmers. But informed me of a coming softphone, which should open it a little bit more, like with calls from abroad.
    • When you use the service to make an outgoing call (with OnDemand, see below), you can’t have your number appear on the receiver’s caller ID.

    Compared with Google Voice

    Phonebooth Free offers more or less the same features that Google Voice offers, for free. However, small businesses will want to consider Phonebooth for the possibility to upgrade to Phonebooth OnDemand, which is kind of a premium service that allows unlimited outgoing calls and some other more features for $20 a month. This compares favorably to other service providers like Vonage which claims $24 but lacks the multiple ringing option. Unlike Google Voice, Phonebooth is a fully VoIP service and leverages of the strength of’s VoIP network.

    Google Voice’s advantages are that it offers call recording on the calls and allows you to port your existing number to the service. Also, while Google Voice is considering expanding the service for users in other countries (other than the US), Phonebooth has no plans for expansion.

    Phonebooth OnDemand - The Paid Part

    With Phonebooth Free, you can only receive calls. To make calls, you would normally pay for a VoIP service, and would then have a different number. Upgrading to Phonebooth OnDemand makes things more interesting, both practically and financially. The $20 it costs per month compares advantageously with most VoIP service providers since for this amount it offers free unlimited calling over the US. There are also interesting rates for international outbound calls.

    Phonebooth OnDemand includes the following additional features:

    • Unlimited local and long distance calls

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