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# 213962 21-Apr-2017 08:31
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Hi! Hope it's OK to ask for service recommendations here :)

 

I'm looking for a low-cost call forwarding service similar to a SkypeIn / Google Voice number.

 

My use case is that I'd like to publicise (business cards, website) a landline that isn't my personal cellphone, but I don't want the overhead of an extra landline.

 

  • I want the number to dial straight through to my mobile (at my cost).
  • I'd like Caller ID tofunction as per a direct call.
  • Ideally, I'd like to take calls during business hours, and take messages after hours.
  • Scheduling / managing call routing would be pretty sweet, especially once it's not just me! (Tuesdays 9-6 => divert to XXX, etc)
  • Answerphone to email would be a bonus if that's offered.
  • Potentially could use call forwarding on a second mobile with my provider (2º), but that has a likelihood of missing texts (and have to keep it powered?) so not ideal.
  • Being able to dial out with this number (from app or mobile) would be a bonus but not essential.

SkypeIn might do the trick, but I'm sure there are other good local offerings, and what I hope Geekzone can offer is experience / expertise like "I've used this service and it was reliable" or "This provider is OK, but be aware of <special case X>" (issues with some networks, performance, quality etc) - things which might not be discoverable via regular web research.

 

I've used 2talk in the past, it was early days so I think not a fair assessment. (I'd prefer a landline area code to mobile-looking 028, since I'd rather contacts didn't text into the void - IDK if SMS forwarding is a thing.)

 

I'd prefer to buy local if that's an option.

 

Thanks in advance!


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  # 1768270 21-Apr-2017 08:53
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what was the problem with 2talk? They offer all those things you need.





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  # 1768290 21-Apr-2017 09:23
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The problem with 2talk was that when I used them in the past, I didn't need the service enough to test it thoroughly, and I think it was a little flaky for me. So I wanted to check in for other options and peoples experience.

 

I'll give them a try, and some others. Keen for other options ... I see online suggestions that Google Voice is available in NZ, but can't find how to obtain an NZ number through them :|


 
 
 
 


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  # 1768296 21-Apr-2017 09:35
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Full disclosure, I work for the parent company, however 2Talk have been around for quite some time now and definitely not flaky.  For what you want, their offering would be pretty much perfect.  You can always try it out on the free tier (with an 028 number) before you decide to go to a paid tier with a local number and bundled minutes.




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  # 1768305 21-Apr-2017 09:45
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Great! Thanks @ubergeeknz, turned out my old account was still live ... I'll give 2talk another shot ...

 

This warning message below lacks a year in the date, if you care about that sort of thing. Probably not a critical business issue. It should say "since June 2010" ;)

 


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  # 1768355 21-Apr-2017 10:24
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Interesting, but I guess not major :) I'll let them know.




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  # 1768376 21-Apr-2017 11:02
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Absolutely not major - I'm certain 2Talk's web team have bigger fish to fry ;)

 

Numbers are well-priced, looks like a lot of services available - have signed up for a plan to test it out. Thanks for the help!


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  # 1770054 25-Apr-2017 02:00

@xurizaemon Only just seen this thread so probably too late. But 2deg offer a service called "Landline on your mobile" Costs $20 per month on top of your normal cellphone plan. You get assigned a landline number that has a permanent divert to your cellphone. It includes unlimited incoming calls in the $20 per month. You can't use the landline number for outgoing calls though.

 

Works perfect for me being self employed. As some of my customers only have landlines, And some only mobiles. So I just advertise both numbers.






 
 
 
 


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  # 1770059 25-Apr-2017 07:34
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Until recently I had an 0800 number with Vodafone / WXC. It doesn't do much of what you want, but it's cheap, minimum charge $7/month. So not really a good solution, but a cheap solution.


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  # 1770107 25-Apr-2017 10:16
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I used 2Talk for pretty much the same functions you listed.

A couple of years ago I was working in the USA for a few months so had my NZ cell diverted to a local 2Talk number then had that divert to my USA mobile. I was able to set what time of the day to forward calls or divert to voicemail to suit USA time. Caller ID seemed to come through from original caller. Also was able to use a SIP application to make calls from my phone or PC using the 2Talk number.

No issues whatsoever.

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