The following is an actual user-submitted question:

Q:  How do you select a phone number when signing up for Vonage?  Will it be considered a local call for our friends and family that live in the same town?

A: Vonage actually goes one better on this.  They offer you the choice of keeping your existing number or getting a completely new number.

If you’d like to get a new number, it’s easy.  During the sign up process, Vonage will ask you what area code you’d like and then display all the available numbers in that area code.  You can pick the phone number that appeals to you.  If you’re concerned about keeping the call “local” for friends and family, you should choose a number that remains in their local calling area. You don’t even need to choose a phone number that relates to where you live.  If you live in Phoenix, and want a New York area code and number, you can do that.

Vonage has a money saving feature where you can purchase a “Virtual Number” in addition to your main Vonage phone number.  With a Virtual Number, people outside of your local calling area can call you for the price of a local call.  For example, if you live in San Diego, you can have a local phone number so that people who live in San Diego can make local calls to you.  But if you also have a lot of family in Mexico City, and you’d like then to be able to make local calls to you, you can add a virtual Mexico City number to your plan.  Then everyone in San Diego AND Mexico City can make local calls to you.

Virtual Numbers ring through to the main Vonage number that people would normally call you on and range from $4.99 to $9.99 a month.  You can add as many Virtual Numbers as you like to your existing Vonage plan.  If you have more questions about Virtual Number and Vonage plans, you can call Vonage’s toll-free number:  888-692-8076.