What alternatives are there to Smartnumbers?
If your first choice of phone words isn’t available from the www.smartnumbers.com.au web site, we recommend the following smart number alternatives:
- Use a tool like www.phonespell.org, which creates words out of any phone number you enter. Check to see whether any of the available numbers spell words that are related to your business.
- Visit the web sites of 1300/1800 number providers to see what numbers they have available. Many telcos offer these numbers at a significantly lower price than you’ll pay for a smartnumber! At Alltel, we search through the list of available numbers each day and reserve those with patterns or repeating digits for the exclusive use of our customers. (Search through our list of currently available available 1800 and 1300 numbers.)
- If the number you have your heart set on is owned by a phoneword company, you can contact them to see whether it is available for lease. Before you decide to lease a number, you need to be fully aware of how much it is going to cost you, whether the number will ever be yours, and what their policy is if you ever have a falling out with your provider.
Should you lease or buy?
When you buy the rights to use a number, you can keep that number for the life of your business. You can move it, not only from office to office as your business expands, but also from telco to telco if you decide you want to do business with a different provider.
When you lease from a provider, they are the ones with ultimate control over your number. If they increase your monthly lease payment or insist that you connect your number through a telco that provides poor service, you don’t have many options. Your provider will typically not let you purchase phone words from them, which leaves you with two choices: either keep your number and put up with poor service/high prices, or else walk away and start over again with a new number and new provider.
Buying your smartnumber is usually a safer option. Your business phone number is essential as both a communications tool and a part of your branding. Therefore, it’s important to have the same level of control over your phone number as you do over your business’s web site domain name.