Receiving phone calls and SMS from another country is an important part of a global lifestyle, whether you're building a remote business or living abroad as an expat.
In our experiences, banks, brokerages, credit card companies, and SaaS services will all require a local phone number in order log into your account, pass two-factor authentication, reset your password, or even complete your transaction.
With a virtual number, you can maintain a local presence in multiple countries, making it easier for service providers or contacts to reach you so you can avoid running into pains with your bank accounts and payments.
In this list, we’ll highlight our vetted virtual phone number providers that are suited for remote entrepreneurs.
NOTE: Platforms like Paypal, banks, and social media platforms are increasingly declining VoIP numbers due to fraud and risk reasons. While I have used a US VoIP number for years, I am exploring non-VoIP options now.
A Google Voice number is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone service. You can use the service to make and receive phone calls, as well as send text messages, on your smartphones and the web.