Step by Step Guide: How to Buy a New Number & Forward to an International Number

You’re in another country.

You want your family back in the states to be able to call you without incurring extra fees.

Make it easy on them and purchase a new US or Canadian number with NumberBarn and forward those calls to your international number.

If you’re new to NumberBarn and are not sure where to begin, this guide will walk you through the steps to purchase a new number and use call forwarding to an outside international number. You’ll also find that we weave helpful links into the guide below, in case you’re looking for additional details on a process.

How do I purchase a new number?

To begin, hop over to our website to search for your new number. You can search for 34 million numbers, which is sort of like trying to find a needle in a haystack. To use our search system to the fullest potential and find exactly the right number you are in search of, watch this:

It is also incredibly important to take note of the activation time frame. This is the time frame of which your new number will be activated.

What is call forwarding?

Call Forwarding means that you’ll take one phone number and forward it transparently to another active phone number, such as your cell phone.

Call Forwarding plans include features such as:

Note that our service does not support the use of:

  • SIP Trunking
  • Spamming or blasting
  • Bulk call in lines
  • Predictative dialing

For more specifics, please view our Terms of Service Use Policies.

How much does it cost?

Call Forwarding plans are broken down by minutes per month.

An incoming call will use minutes from your plan.

Voicemail left on your NumberBarn number will use minutes from your plan.

Call Forwarding Plan Fees

Consider for a moment how many calls you’ll get every month.

Then, select a Call Forwarding plan that fits your usage needs:

International Call Forwarding Fees

Determine if you’ll pay any additional International Call Forwarding rates by searching the phone number or country here:

The rates on the page above will be the per-minute, per-call rates you’ll pay, in addition to your base Call Forwarding plan.

One-Time Number Purchase Fee

You’ll pay a one-time fee to purchase and own the phone number. The cost of the phone number will vary. More details on that below.

How do I begin?

To begin, search for your number, paying attention to the price and the activation time frame.

When you are ready, add the number to your cart by selecting Check Out to continue.

Select your preferred Call Forwarding plan.

Select Next Step to create a new account (for new customers) or to confirm your billing information (for existing customers).

After you confirm your order, you’ll receive a Welcome Email like the one below confirming your order.

Now, you’ll wait for your number to activate. It will appear like this in your account:

Once activated, you’ll receive an email from us confirming it’s ready to use.

Set up call forwarding to your international number

Once activated, here’s how to configure the call forwarding on your new number.

In your email, include:

  • The number you are porting to NumberBarn
  • The international number to which you’d like to forward

Within 24 business hours, if not sooner, NumberBarn will enable the International Call Forwarding on your account.

For answers to more questions, hop over to our Knowledge Base.

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 FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Jenny Dempsey

Jenny Dempsey is the Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn