I am getting several VOIP lines for several websites in different niches (all local) and redirecting them to one phone. I read something that Google somehow knows VOIP numbers and gives them less weight as opposed to regular business lines. Do you know if this is true? This factor is important since the niches are local, and 10 box is very important.
Something that verifies that Google somehow knows of VOIP numbers is this page from a US virtual number provider: [inumbr.com
It states: The numbers we provision are VOIP numbers, they work like normal phone numbers, but they are not in Craigslist’s select database of pre-authorized phone numbers. As a result you can and should register your Craigslist account using your iNumbr, but expect that the initial verification call will not ring through.
My thinking is if Cragslist is smart enough to know its a VOIP, Google is too.
What are your thoughts? Have you used virtual phone numbers in local SEO with success?