VLN (Virtual Long Number)
What is VLN (Virtual Long Number)?
A Virtual Long Number (VLN) is a unique, long-form phone number used to route calls over the Internet. VLNs can be used to provide a single, consistent point of contact for customers, regardless of where they are located or the device they are using. This makes it easier for customers to reach the right person or organization. VLNs are typically assigned to a specific user or organization and can be used for a variety of services, such as voice, text, and video calls.
How do VLNs work?
VLNs are typically assigned to a user or organization by a VoIP service provider. The VoIP service provider will assign a unique VLN to the user or organization which can then be used to receive and make calls over the internet. The VLN acts as the single point of contact for customers. When a customer makes a call using the VLN, the VoIP service provider will route the call over the internet to the user or organization associated with the VLN.
What’s the difference between VLNs and shortcodes
The main difference between VLNs and shortcodes is that VLNs are longer numbers (typically 10-15 digits) while shortcodes are short numbers (typically 5-6 digits). VLNs are also unique and assigned to a specific user or organization while shortcodes can be shared by multiple users or organizations. VLNs are typically used to receive and make calls over the internet while shortcodes are used for text messaging services. VLNs are considered both less costly and time-consuming in their setup compared to Short Codes, but alas do not enable premium messaging services.