No, not generally and certainly not with the free
If you have opted for a
subscription VoIP service then your provider will more than likely offer
an incoming call number option for an extra charge.
Check out the charges carefully, especially long
distance charges, you don't want you friends and family charged more for a
service that can be done via a landline phone cheaper.
If you want a 2nd line (and want to use VoIP) and
you are in the UK then a good compromise is VOIPUSER.
With VoIPUser you get a number which people can call
you on, 0845, 0844 etc but you are not charged for the service. It's a not
for profit arrangement and works like this,
Sign up to VoIPUser and get an 0845 etc number. Your
friends and family (or anybody) can now ring you. They are charged for the
call, approx 3p/min. (rates vary please check)
The revenue raised from the incoming call to you is
put in the 'community pot' and used to buy outgoing call minutes for the
community to use. In other words you can make calls to anyone in the world
(including landline phones) for free.
catch is that you need to contribute to the pot, in other words you can't
just make calls, you need people to call you on your assigned number. If
you don't play fair you'll be cut off. A great system.
Peak hour calls could work out cheaper for people
calling you (check rates carefully against your current provider)
Long distance calls could work out cheaper for
people calling you (check rates)
a 2nd line to your home (anyone with kids will know what I'm talking
Useful as a business line if you are
running a business from home
www.voipuser.org for full