Are these virtual numbers or real numbers?

Ahhh virtual reality! Just put on a pair of glasses and be transported to another world without leaving your home.

Virtual numbers let you do the same thing.

Are they real numbers?

NumberBarn numbers, whether you purchase it from us or port it to us, are virtual landline/wireline numbers.

You better believe it: this means they are real phone numbers.

They are just not attached to an actual device, like a cell phone. This in turn makes them virtual.

How do I get a virtual number on a phone?

NumberBarn numbers connect to a destination virtually, such as using call forwarding to your cell phone.

This comes in handy when you don’t want to add a second phone to your back pocket. Instead, forward calls from your NumberBarn number to your existing cell phone. Here’s how to find out which call forwarding plan will be your best choice.

What about texting with a virtual number?

Texting with NumberBarn is also done virtually.

Email notifications will let you know a message is waiting. Text messages will come through a bit differently than you’re used to – they will not go through your phone’s messages app. You will just login to your NumberBarn account or the mobile app to easily send and receive messages.

Can I turn my virtual number into a wireless number?

Take your virtual number and turn it into a wireless number with a mobile provider.

This means you will port it away (also called “transferring”) from NumberBarn and the number will be on your cell phone with another provider.

This process of porting a number away takes about 3 to 10 business days.

After the number is ported, you no longer pay NumberBarn. You pay your new provider instead.

Now that’s reality!

We believe behind every telephone number there’s a beautiful idea, opportunity, or person. We strive to create those meaningful connections every day. To learn more about us, visit and follow us on FacebookInstagramPinterestLinkedIn and Twitter.

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Jenny Dempsey

Jenny Dempsey is the Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn