We know the pain of moving to a new apartment or condo which requires having a local phone number to use the buzzer.
In this blog post, we'll explain why some apartment or condos require a local phone number to use the buzzer, and our (we hope!) elegant solution to get around this issue.
Why Do Apartments And Condos Require Local Numbers?
Most buzzer systems have limitations on how many non-local numbers can be configured in the buzzer system (usually a maximum of 5-10 numbers) to avoid incurring the cost of frequent long distance calls. This forces most residents to use a local number.
This requirement is often a major pain for residents who are new to the area or who don't have a local phone number.
Next, we'll get into the ways to solve this problem.
What To Do If You Don't Have a Local Number
To fix the problem, you need to do two things:
- Purchase a local number
- Forward calls from the local number to your personal phone number
Is There An Easier Way?
If you're looking for a simple and non-DIY solution, (full disclosure!) we built the Lowkey app to solve this exact problem.
Originally we built it just for ourselves, but eventually released it since we figured others are having the same problem too.
The app will handle purchasing a local phone number for you and forward calls to your personal phone.
See how it works for yourself in the video below.