Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

How to Easily Add a Second (Work) Phone Line to Your iPhone

April 06, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 6
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
How to Easily Add a Second (Work) Phone Line to Your iPhone
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
How to Easily Add a Second (Work) Phone Line to Your iPhone
Apr 06, 2020 Season 1 Episode 6
Jason R. Rich

With so many people working remotely or running a small business from their homes, it's become increasingly more important for people to utilize multiple phone numbers using their single smartphone. 

From this episode, you'll discover how to easily add a second, fully-functional, virtual phone number to your existing Apple iPhone both quickly and inexpensively. 

Some of the services you'll learn about from this episode include:

None of these services are a sponsor or affiliated with the Featured App of the Week podcast. This information is provided to offer you a variety of options when it comes to adding second phone line functionality to your existing iPhone.

Show Notes Transcript

With so many people working remotely or running a small business from their homes, it's become increasingly more important for people to utilize multiple phone numbers using their single smartphone. 

From this episode, you'll discover how to easily add a second, fully-functional, virtual phone number to your existing Apple iPhone both quickly and inexpensively. 

Some of the services you'll learn about from this episode include:

None of these services are a sponsor or affiliated with the Featured App of the Week podcast. This information is provided to offer you a variety of options when it comes to adding second phone line functionality to your existing iPhone.

Featured App of the Week – Episode #6

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. In this episode, I’m going to focus on a handful of optional mobile apps for Internet services that allow you to add a second virtual phone line to your existing iPhone.

Many people are working from home these day, and they’ve transformed their personal smartphone or home landline phone into their primary business phone. What you’re about to discover is that there are a wide range of Internet services, each with a proprietary mobile app, that offer full functionality of a second phone line using your existing iPhone. 

In most cases, this virtual second phone line has its own phone number, as well as a wide range of calling features, like Caller ID, its own voicemail, and Call Forwarding. 

Using one of these services, you can forward your work phone number to your smartphone or landline, and all incoming calls will have a unique ringtone, so you know the difference between work and personal calls.

If you visit the App Store and within the Search field enter the keyword “Phone,” you’ll discover apps like: TrestaRing CentralGoogle VoiceLine 2 – and Grasshopper.

These, and many other services like them, are all Internet-based. This means that to use them, your smartphone will need a continuous Cellular Data or Wi-Fi Internet connection. 

Most of these services have a monthly subscription fee associated with them, but there are no long-term contracts to sign, so you can cancel at any time. However, to get the best pricing, you’ll be encouraged to sign up and prepay for an annual plan. You’ll discover that prices vary between these services, as do the features and functions each offers. 

For example, the Tresta service charges a flat monthly fee of $15.00 per month, which includes unlimited usage and a wide range of calling features. 

Ring Central charges between $19.99 and $24.99 per month. The Google Voice service is free. The Line 2 service is priced between $8.30 and $16.62 per month, and Grasshoppercharges $26.00 per month, for similar functionality. 

It’s important to determine, in advance, what calling features you want and need, and then choose a service that offers a price point you’re comfortable with. Your best bet for comparing the different services is to visit each of their respective websites using your favorite web browser. You’ll find website links to a handful of these services in the Episode Notes.

In addition to being able to make and receive calls from the unique phone number you’re provided with, most of these services also allow for unlimited text messaging to and from that phone number. By downloading the service’s proprietary mobile app, it’ll work with your iPhone and your iPad tablet, as well as with your Windows PC or Mac computer.

Some services also offer unlimited and free international calling, or very low international calling rates. Other calling features that are built into some of these calling services include: automated attendants, call menus for incoming calls, voicemail, call recording, Caller ID, group calling, and call forwarding. It’s also possible to acquire a toll-free phone number that works with many of these services.

The goal of adding a second, virtual line to your smartphone is so you can have professional calling features and a separate phone number when working remotely, allowing you to differentiate between personal and business calls.

Once you sign up for one of these services, when you use it with your iPhone, for example, it’ll have its own app that continuously runs in the background. 

When you receive an incoming call to the second phone number, the phone service’s app becomes active and replaces the need to use the Phone app that comes pre-installed on your iPhone, and that’s typically used to make and receive calls. 

Likewise, when you want to make a call using your second phone number, you’ll launch the calling service’s app on your smartphone, as opposed to using the Phone app.

You’ll also manage your second phone line’s voicemail from the servic’s mobile app. And speaking of voicemail, many of these services will automatically transcribe incoming voicemail messages and send them to you almost instantly as a text message or email.

As for text messaging, when you want to send/receive text messages to and from your iPhone’s original phone number, you’ll continue to use the Messages app. However, when you want to use the messaging service bundled with your second phone number, you’ll use the phone service’s proprietary app.

Setting up one of these second phone line services on your smartphone takes just a few minutes, and most are extremely easy to use, especially if you’re already accustomed to using the Phone and Messages apps that come preinstalled on your iPhone.

Using a second phone line service, like TrestaRing CentralGoogle VoiceLine 2 – or Grasshopper, is just another way you can use your smartphone as a powerful communications tool, especially if you’re now working from home or working remotely, or if you operate your own small business and want the flexibility of being able to make and receive business-related calls from virtually anywhere.

Especially if you make and receive a lot of international calls, other services, like Skype and WhatApp, can also be extremely useful. Each provides a low-cost alternatives to using your regular cellular phone service. 

Skype, for example, allows you to make unlimited voice or video calls to other Skype users for free, or pay just pennies per minute to make calls to the landlines or cellphones on non-Skype users. Unlimited text messaging is also available, and for a small additional fee, you can acquire a unique Skype phone number.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is a calling and messaging service that’s basically free, as long as you’re using it to communicate via voice calls, video calls, or text messages with other WhatsApp users. 

WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook, but it’s operated as a separate business that’s become much more popular overseas than in the United States, but for U.S.-based users, it’s still a powerful communications tool option.

That’s it for this edition of the Featured App of the Week. I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.