I am moving to France in a few weeks I have signed up to Orange for landline and Internet can i still use a different VOIP provider to have a UK number as I need this for work?
I don’t think it will be an issue - Orange use a separate VLAN for their own VoIP traffic as far as I am aware.
We use Vonage (UK) in France (and Orange for Internet) and still have our UK number, when in UK we used to use Vonage as we only had fibre Internet to our home with no phone line. Having UK number makes it easy (and cheap) for our parents & children to ring us.
With Orange we only have broadband but no analogue phone line - therefore no phone number via Orange - à strange concept but true. You can pay for broadband with one bill and a separate bill for an analogue phone line. We only have the broadband part.
We recently through Vonage also obtained a French telephone number and an international phone calls pack allowing us to call phones & mobiles in France and many other countries for free.
When I first moved to France and still had UK clients I set up a UK geographical number with Skype, which I liked because it was so easy to take calls whatever country I was in, on a landline or on my mobile. But this is going back many years, probably all VOIP providers offer that facility now.
I also tried Sontel who I think were very competitive but I seem to recall I had a few issues with them, it didn’t work as seamlessly as Skype. They still send me emails about their new services and it must be 10 years since I stopped using them.
When I had an Orange internet connection I did not pay for an analogue line but was issued with a French phone number for all my VOIP calls. I thought that was the norm. I can’t believe that you were not issued with a French number. There was no need for me to have a local number for my family friends to call me as all of their international calls are included in their own VOIP packages.
For me the issue is not that I have a French number the company I work for need a UK number to put the calls through to
You probably do have an Orange VOIP number Mat, look at your Orange contract, I think it’s on the top left. I used to have an Orange internet connection AND analog line (they insisted before degroupage) but I dumped the analog line as soon as it was unbundled and just used the VOIP number.
Likewise, we managed to keep our old landline number 0555xxxxxxxx but friends who have just moved have now got an 09xxxx voip number
As I understand it, you would need a French number for the calls to be routed to. Unless you want them routed to your mobile, which might be more expensive.
Not with a VOIP solution.
Yep of course, I had a senior moment there lol.
A few months after moving to France, I switched my UK mobile number to a UK VOIP provider because O2 were threatening to charge me extra for being abroad too much. Andrews & Arnold (https://www.aa.net.uk/) are, AIUI, one of the few providers that will let you “port in” mobile numbers.
Good ISP - expensive but worth it; I knew their MD vaguely at uni.