Great Reasons for Virtual Non-Geographic and Geographic Numbers

A virtual number is what is being referred to here is vital for some businesses, and many have lots of goodies attached.

Popular types:

0800, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871.

These are called Non Geographic Numbers or NGNs.

There are also a range of virtual geographic numbers too.

So my take:

1) Female working from home – you need one to provide a level of protection is this day and age.

2) Any business based at home with family – you need one to create a degree of professionalism, to stop kids answering, when you really don’t want them to.

3) Any business based at home – provides an ability to turn off from your business. I know some have garden offices or separate rooms

4) Provide flexbility – when you move, the number comes with you.

5) Provides additional features – some smart numbers can be programmed to deliver calls to lots of different locations, like a virtual switchboard.

6) Some of these numbers can be included in callers minutes, so zero charge for them to call you – the exception is 0843 numbers. Rarely included.

7) In the case of 0844, 0845, 0870 it provides a filter and ensures a better quality of call coming through. Less time wasters.

0800 numbers will come back into fashion when all mobile operaters include them in their minutes again – due to happen soon accoridng to OFCOM.

8) Virtual geographic numbers are becoming more and more popular, but the range is running out. You may find your local one has run out.

9) If you are using a phone answering service, then a virtual number is a great way of measuring the cost effectiveness of the service, since you can see how many minutes are being used.

10) Disaster recovery – just like you all do backups on your computer, this is like a backup too. For example, if you are unable to work from your premises or home for whatever reason, the number will keep working, which is why mobile phones have become very popular.

I have two case studies, where I kept businesses running after a flood and a fire respectively.

However, having just a mobile phone number could make you look a one person band. Not good when pitching for larger contracts.

And yes, I have been supplying all the above for 17 years.

To find our more, please call 0844 826 1730 or drop an email to

Also please visit and click on For Business to see the range on offer.

Separately, if you are a regular caller to NGNs and find your costs on calls from your landline or mobile is high, please ask about our inclusive minutes deals for calls from a home landline, and equally the typical 50% reduction in call charges from a mobile, since many operators charge at 40p per minute as such a call is outside the bundle – our deal is 20p per minute.

Who has got my non geographic number?

Non Geographic numbers are hugely popular:

a great way of monitoring response to a campaign
a great way of controlling the number of calls received
a great way of distributing calls to multiple sites
a great way of making a one person business (or small company) look bigger

However, often the supplier of the number leaves the trade and at some point in the future the user is going to need to repoint that number ……… um, argh, how do I do that?

Quick check on Google – one million searches later, the business owner is still scratching their head and none the wiser.

Step in Combyne Group, since we have been providing the solution to this little challenge for many years.

Here’s the deal:

For single numbers the charge is £15

For up to four numbers the charge is £27.50

For five numbers and up to ten £40

More than ten numbers £50

If a result cannot be delivered, there is no charge.

Combyne Group is also able to supply new numbers in the range: 0800/0808/ 0844. 0845, 0870 and 0871 – please ask for details. Plus a number of other services too.

Combyne Group have become quite expert at tracking down these numbers.

You will be asked to pay on invoice and once payment has been received, the search will start.

Once successful you will receive an email with the details.

When contacting Combyne Group for this service, please supply the following:

Company or Individual Name
Email Address
Contact Number (mobile or landline)
Non Geographic number(s) being searched for

So first port of call is to send an email to with the details above, please? You will then be sent full details about how this works, the charges and the timescale to be expected.



0800 number brings extra business

An investment of just 75p a week could be the difference between success and failure when running an advertising campaign?

Research (by CiM and BT) proves that a response to advertising when using what is called a non-geographic number is up to 300% better than without.

It is also a great way of monitoring the effectiveness of a particular style of advert, since stats are provided in real time from just £4 a month.

To find out more or order yours, please use the contact tab opposite?

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