What are my options for buying and managing other kinds of phone numbers? (1-800, regional, etc)

The Buy Number utility was designed to be simple and to get people going quickly. The phone number search it performs on the backend is constrained in the following ways:

  • Has to be a local number (excludes toll-free, national, etc)
  • Has to have Voice and SMS capability
  • Additionally constrained by the user-supplied search term

What this translates to is that there are not very many options available in some countries. So here is how to work around it:

  1. Buy a phone number directly from Twilio. The only Switchboard requirement is that this number needs to have Voice and SMS capability.
  2. Transfer that Number to your Switchboard account.