How to Find the Best 0800 Number Providers
There are tons of 0800 number providers out there for you to choose from. If you are currently shopping for a provider or thinking about where to start, it may get overwhelming pretty quickly.
There are so many options and choices to sort through, that it can become a challenging task to figure out what the best service is for you. In this article, we will talk about how you can sort through all the options and figure out what the best provider is for your business.
The most obvious factor is the price that it will cost you to rent the number. We’ve seen prices range from a few pounds on up to thousands. Although many companies that are new to this may assume the lower-priced options are not going to deliver as much value, it is typically not the case.
The truth is the higher priced providers only give a few unique advantages over the more affordable providers. For most small businesses, these advantages are not worth the additional fees.
When you’re shopping for different providers, consider some of the other options that we will discuss below and always look for the best rates within that realm.
Most 0800 number providers will charge by the month. They will likely lock you into contracts of several months or several years. A lot of providers will give you discounts for committing to multiple years all at once.
We recommend sticking with the short-term plans in the beginning. Once you find a company that you like, you can expand to long-term plans and save money through their discounts.
You can expect to pay around £10- £20 per month for a quality provider that will give you all of the basics your small business needs. If you go beyond that price range, it should only be for specific options that some providers do not make available.
Some providers will waive the setup fee while others will charge you. In the long run, a setup fee will not have a large impact on your total cost. Often times, it is cheaper to go with a provider that charges a higher setup fee but lower monthly fees over a provider that waives the setup and charges higher monthly fees.
The setup fee is only a minor factor when considering your provider; however, it is something that you should check before you commit to a plan.
One of the best tools that a 0800 number provides, is the option to create a vanity number. A vanity number makes it extremely easy for customers to remember your phone number. There are a lot of variations on the options you have with a vanity number. Depending on the specifics, you should expect to pay more for these unique numbers as well.
Most of the common and in demand vanity numbers are taken already. For example, 0 800 FLOWERS is going to be impossible to get; however, there are local variations that you could use for your company. An example of a local variation is using a word as part of the full phone number. For example, you can use the number 0 800 54 LAW1.
In the example above, the numbers 5, 4 and 1 are all interchangeable. This allows 1,000 different combinations of this vanity number specifically. As you can see, there is virtually no limit to the amount of localized vanity numbers that you can use, as long as you are willing to get creative with them.
The reason we are explaining how vanity numbers work is to show you how important they are. Although most providers offer vanity numbers, some do not. The last thing you want to do is assume you will be able to get a vanity number through them, and realize you can’t when it is too late for a change. Make sure that you check the availability of the vanity number that you will want to use and the price of it before you commit to a provider.
Reviews of the Provider
It is easy to look up reviews and recommendations for a specific provider. A simple Google search will tell you all you need to know about them. Before you commit to a particular provider, make sure you do your research so that you will be able to find out any hidden information that you may want to know before you commit to them.
More often than not, if the provider does not treat their customers well, it will show up on the reviews. As any provider would tell you, the reputation of their brand is critical for the success of their business.
If they mislead or trick their customers in any way, it will almost certainly show up in a review somewhere. These types of negative reviews can bring down a provider overnight. Before you commit to a provider, do a quick Google search to make sure the customers who have used their services in the past have good things to say about their experience with them.
Providers will offer a variety of different advanced tools that may benefit your business. For example, most providers offer some form of voicemail management; however, some providers will offer the bare minimum, while others will go above and beyond.
Depending on the needs of your business, either option may be ideal for you. Look through all of the tools that each provider offers, and figure out what the most important tools are for your business. By doing this, you will be able to eliminate a lot of the clutter that is involved with sorting through all of these providers.
Which Is the Right Provider for Me?
The right provider for your business will depend solely on the business itself. You know what your business needs better than anyone. This makes you the best person to answer this question.
Consider all of the factors that we have discussed above as you sort through the different 0800 number providers. By doing this, you will be able to eliminate a lot of the bad options, and choose the best one for your business.