How To Link Two Phone Numbers Together

by John Sanderson
How To Link Two Phone Numbers Together

It’s common for people to have multiple phone numbers and contacts. For example, you might have one business number, but also a personal one so you can have separate conversations with friends and family. Or maybe you switched cell phone providers and now need to forward your old numbers to your new SIM card. Whatever the case, keeping track of all your phone contacts can be challenging, especially if you want to link two different phone numbers together. In this article we’ll cover everything from how to link an existing number to how to add another number as a second line on your current service provider account.

How To Link Two Phone Numbers Together?

Check if your business has linked two numbers together

First, check to see if your business has two phone numbers in its account. If it does, you can try to get them linked. But, doing so requires an understanding of how the phone companies classify different types of services. The easiest way to see if your business has two phone numbers is to look at the last four numbers on the outgoing calls for any of your phone numbers. If you see two consecutive phone numbers, you can assume your business has two phone lines. If you don’t see two phone numbers, you can still try to get two numbers linked together. But, it will be difficult to overcome the red tape that’s in place to make it easier for large businesses or businesses with existing relationships with their local provider.

Set up Office Number Synchronization (ONS)

ONS is what’s needed to link your two numbers together and is provided by your phone company. With ONS, your business’ two phone numbers are “synchronized,” which means they are added together and treated like a single phone number. ONS is offered by the phone company and doesn’t require any special configuration on the phone company’s side of the equation. Your phone company must offer this service, but it’s not regulated or controlled by the FCC, so it’s not specifically regulated. It’s regulated by the phone company, not the government. However, if you link two numbers together and your business is subject to a complaint, the FCC will take notice and investigate. ONS is not something that anyone can change on your account. You need to connect to and use it. So, make sure your phone company has provided the service to your account and you’re connected to it. You can use the phone company’s online portal or web portal to manage your phone numbers.

Connect Google Voice to ONS

ONS is an essential part of linking two phone numbers together. Once you’ve connected your phone numbers to your phone company through ONS, you can link your two Google Voice numbers. Google Voice provides an outgoing caller ID. For outgoing calls to your business, you can choose to have the caller’s number appear on the caller ID. There are different options for the caller’s name. Google Voice also provides an email address for callers to email you. It allows you to receive emails from callers and send emails back. You can let people know that you’re busy by setting your voicemail greeting to “all messages are confidential” or letting them know they have your email address. Google Voice also provides a fax number and a voicemail service that you can use. You can have multiple voicemails set at a time to save recipients time when calling back. You can also set up a private number that only people in your contacts can use.

Set up Free Local Directory Integration (FDNI)

The directory integration that allows you to link your Google Voice numbers to your local directory is called Free Local Directory Integration. It’s offered by Google and is very easy to set up. You can access the FDNI on the Google Voice website. You need to select the phone number that you want to link to your local directory. You can select multiple phone numbers if your business has more than one phone number. Once you’ve selected the numbers, you’ll be taken to a page where you can specify your phone company, the directory provider, and the number you want to link. You’ll then need to confirm the details. FDNI can be completed on a computer or mobile device because there is no app to download.

Connect RingCentral to FDNI

RingCentral is a cloud-based phone system that most businesses use. To link your two Google Voice numbers to your RingCentral account, you’ll need to connect your Google Voice numbers to your RingCentral account. RingCentral provides two ways to link two numbers together. One is through FDNI. The other is through a feature called Instant Link. Instant Link allows you to link two numbers with a click. RingCentral provides instructions for linking two numbers through FDNI and for linking two numbers through Instant Link on their website. You can also contact RingCentral support.

Set up Vonage and Other VoIP Services

Vonage and other VoIP services enable you to link two numbers together. The advantage of these services is that they enable you to link a variety of phone numbers together. You can link home phones, office phones, cell phones, Internet phone service, and other devices. Most of these services can be set up on a month-to-month or annual contract basis, so they’re not free. You also need to make sure your phone company supports these services. Most of these services are only offered to businesses that use their services for phone service. But this article will show you how to link two phones together for residential purposes.

The Benefit Of Link Two Phone Numbers Together

  • You can use the same phone number for multiple services, such as Google Voice and RingCentral.
  • You don’t need to call your phone company to change your number.
  • You can transfer a phone number to a new phone after it has been linked to your new account, so you don’t have to start from scratch.
  • You do not need to order new phones if you already have phones that work with Google Voice or RingCentral (e.g., an existing Vonage box).
  • You can only link one device with two numbers at a time, but you can use the same phone number on more than one device at a time by using different numbers for each device (e.g., home and office).

The Disadvantage Of Link Two Phone Numbers Together

  • You can’t use the same phone number for multiple services, such as Google Voice and RingCentral.
  • If you want to transfer a phone number to a new phone after it has been linked to your new account, you’ll need to start from scratch.
  • You do not need to order new phones if you already have phones that work with Google Voice or RingCentral (e.g., an existing Vonage box).

Conclusion

Linking two phone numbers together can be useful for a variety of reasons. For example, you might want to add a second phone number for business use or you might have two family members who want their own phone number. Whatever the case, it can be challenging to figure out how to link two numbers together. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll cover everything from how to link an existing number to how to add another number as a second line on your current service provider account.

FAQ’s

Q. How do I link an existing number to a new Google Voice account?
You will need to call Google Voice customer service and ask them to add the second number as an account.

Q. How do I add a second line to my current service provider account?
You will need to call your phone company and have them install the necessary equipment for you. This usually takes about 15 minutes, but it varies depending on your service provider’s equipment and policies.