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      How to get a french phone number?

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      For companies that look beyond borders, France is an interesting market. With a high purchasing power, educated workforce, solid IP law, and its strategic location between northern and southern Europe. Makes this a country where it is ideal to do business.

      But when you take that step, it is important to be easily accessible to your French customers. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to apply for a French phone number. Even better: you have the choice of several French phone numbers. That way you lower the threshold for your callers and create a truly French image.

      Also for a virtual presence

      There is a lot involved in establishing a physical presence in France. Depending on your business model, you need to find an office, a warehouse or a shop, you need to furnish it, you need to attract French employees, you need to apply for permits, you need to arrange your tax registration and so on.

      That a telephone number is part of this is logical. But you can apply for such a number even before you internationalise. In other words, before you open your French doors. That way, you can test your idea and collect French leads at the same time.

      Choose from different French numbers

      Whatever French phone number you choose, the barrier for French callers is much lower than with a foreign number. As in many other countries, in France you have the choice between geographical and non-geographical numbers.

      Local numbers

      With a geographic number you tie your brand to a particular city or region. For example, it is possible to have a telephone number in the area codes of Paris, Lyon or Marseille. This creates trust and addresses a clear market. This option is perfect for companies that open one or more visiting addresses (e.g. shops or showrooms), but is also often used by companies that want to emphasise that they are or will be physically present in the country. Belfabriek can in principle register all French city prefix phone numbers.

      0800 numbers: free for callers

      Numbers with the 0800 prefix are non-geographic numbers that are free for callers. With this type of toll-free numbers you attract a maximum number of callers, which is ideal if, for example, you want to build up a list of contacts or customers, or if you want to be as customer-friendly as possible. You can find a sample selection of available numbers in our 0800 number shop. Pro tip: in France, 0800 phone numbers are also known as 'numéro vert' which is French for green number.

      09 numbers

      In France, a 9 number is not tied to a region. In other words, your phone number will have a nationwide appeal. No matter from which place in France the caller seeks contact, the costs are always those of a national call to a landline.

      Whether you sell pizzas, provide financial advice or run a charity, a 09 number can be the perfect choice. Choose from a range of available 09 phone numbers.

      Number with free extras

      When you register a phone number in France with Belfabriek, you get a lot of extras. Features that other providers are happy to charge you extra for, but with us you get unlimited use, with no surprises afterwards. Indeed, the only thing you pay for your France telephone number is a fixed, low monthly fee and an attractive per-minute or per-call rate (depending on the number you choose).

      What are those extras? Let's look at some examples of the features you get as standard with your French phone number. You can switch these features on and off whenever you want and as often as you need.

      Welcome text

      Of the many announcements you can make through our IVR, the welcome text is perhaps the most important. It welcomes your French callers and puts them at ease. It is important that you have a good native speaker for this text - one of your employees or a professional voice actor.

      Queue

      Are all your employees busy? The call queue provides callers with soothing music and a periodic notification of the number of people waiting in front of them. If the call queue is too long, callers can leave a message.

      Digital answering machine

      French who call after hours or during heavy traffic will be missed if you do not offer them the opportunity to leave a voicemail. You can do this with this function, which sends you an e-mail after every message. The mail contains all the information about the incoming call and the audio file of the recorded message, so you can take action when you are ready.

      Extensive call statistics

      Who do you call most often? How long are callers on hold on average and how long do calls take? And what are the busiest days of the week? With our real-time call statistics, which you can view via your browser or our mobile app, you'll always have access to the most important figures.

      Why Belfabriek?

      Let's face it, we're not the only place you can register a phone number in France. But there are many reasons why brand after brand chooses to register their number with Belfabriek. Here are some of those reasons.

      • Years of experience Belfabriek is a true provider and not a reseller. We also have over 20 years of experience, which is quite an achievement in this dynamic market.

      • Choice of multiple French numbers With us, you are in control. With several types of French numbers to choose from, you will always find a number that suits your objectives (and budget).

      • Clear Tariffs At the Belfabriek, you know where you stand. You pay a favourable monthly rate and low minute or call rates. Without surprises afterwards. In other words: your accountant will thank you.

      • Many extra options We have already shown it above: we are generous with extra options. Functions for which other providers charge hefty surcharges. Through your online dashboard or the mobile app you can turn them on or off, or change their settings.

      Register your French number now

      With such a generous package of extras and such favourable rates, it makes sense that many companies have already registered their French phone number with us. So when will you follow their example? In a matter of minutes you can register your own French telephone number.

      If you do not see the number of your choice, or if you have any questions, please contact our customer service by phone, e-mail or contact form. Our English, German, Spanish and Dutch speaking customer service will be happy to answer them.

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