A Universal International Freephone number, also known as a UIFN, can be called from multiple countries around the world. Like a Toll-Free Number, customers can reach a business without being charged for the call. However, the UIFN service is regulated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). and can only be accessed from the +/- 60+ countries participating in the program. These phone numbers consist of a 3-digit country-specific code followed by 8 digits. This means your UIFN number is 11 digits long, longer than other more traditional phone numbers.
UIFN Pricing and Requirements
- UIFN must be registered in at least two (2) of the 60+ countries and typically requires a $500.00, one-time setup fee.
- Costs are based on each selected country, meaning the more countries accessing the number, the higher the price.
- UIFN has a different dialing format to toll-free numbers and is not as easily recognizable.
- When you buy an AVOXI virtual number, there are no setup fees or minimum contracts.
Below is a complete list of all 60+ participating countries with inventory available via our online shopping cart.
UIFN Benefits (Pros)
- Easily Accessible: Customers can now instantly provision a UIFN number from 60+ locations via their online cart. With the ability to directly add a package of their choice, they no longer need to complete an inquiry form and await a quote.
- Business multiple locations: A UIFN is an excellent tool for companies with customers in different countries across the globe who don’t want to purchase individual ITFS numbers for each location.
- Cost Saving: When compared to different types of virtual phone numbers, like an ITFS or local telephone number, the cost of a UIFN may seem expensive. However, it’s important to note that a UIFN is a toll-free number that works in roughly 60 countries. If used correctly, this, in conjunction with their cost savings, makes them a massively robust communication tool.
UIFN Disadvantages (Cons)
Initial Setup Costs: These numbers have a once-off registration fee associated with them; businesses are also required to have a minimum of 2 x numbers.
Limited Availability: These phone numbers are only accessible in roughly 60 countries. If a business is doing business outside those countries, they will still need additional phone numbers to be fully reachable to all your customers.
Dialing Issues: These numbers are formatted differently than a traditional local phone or ITFS number. That means there may be a learning curve for your customers when it comes to dialing these phone numbers. Any company looking to utilize this phone number should be aware of that.
How doNumbers Work?
- A country-specific code that must be dialed before the here. can be found on the Coverage and Restriction Matrix, which can be found
- There are more restrictions for UIFNs than there are for toll-free numbers. These can also be found on the Coverage and Restrictions Matrix.
- UIFNs act like ITFS and should be treated the same.
Our informative Comparison Article teaches us about UIFN vs. ITFS and Which Is Right for your business.