You used to call me on my VoIP phone

Tired of screening your phone calls after 5 pm? If your personal line doubles as your business extension, it might be time to get a second phone number.

But telecoms charge an arm and leg for service. Here’s an alternative that’s so cheap it’s free (at least for a trial run):

To get started, you’ll need to get Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, which allows you to send SMS messages and receive phone calls through the web.

  • Then choose one of many apps to download, sign up, and get your second number. 

  • Most apps will offer you a free trial period, and then prices are charged monthly (usually between $5 and $10 for service). 

  • Fongo and OpenPhone are two popular options in Canada.

Bottom line: A second phone number can help maintain privacy, increase organization and help establish a good work/life balance. 

  • But if your internet goes down, your VoIP phone number does too. Keeping a landline or mobile phone number active in case of network outages is a good idea.