# Vanity Numbers
# Vanity Number Feature Overview
# What are Vanity Numbers?
Vanity numbers give customers the ability to use different numbers for outbound call presentation.
# Why are Vanity numbers used?
When customers migrate from a traditional PBX to the cloud-hosted PBX platform, they often face the problem of numbers still being hosted on their traditional PBX during the migration process, or, a traditional telephone service such as ISDN or PSTN, or numbers that are not yet ready to be migrated to the PBX.
Using the Vanity Number feature allows customers to use numbers on their traditional PBX but commence configuring the service, offices, and users all prior to migrating (porting) those numbers to the PBX.
# How are they used?
When a call is made the receiver sees the caller’s number as a number that may have been migrated yet, but already displays as though it is.
You can Add an existing phone number to your PBX service that isn't "hosted" on the PBX, and use it to make calls, associate that number as the default outbound number on an office, and link that number to an extension as the outbound caller ID number when making calls.
# Benefits of Vanity Numbers?
No waiting - Customers don’t have to wait until they have migrated their numbers to the new system, but can present their numbers as though they have already been processed, even though the migration process is still taking place.
To add a vanity number, click 'Manage my phone number' in the 'Overview' section below the centreline of the PBX homepage.
# Phone Numbers Screen
On this page you can see a list of your existing numbers and their status and have the following options.
- Add New Number: To order a new number click
- Add Vanity Number: To add a vanity number to the PBX click
- Verify: To verify ownership of a vanity number click
- Remove: To remove a vanity number from the PBX click
Each number will be in one of four status types:
Vanity: This is a Vanity number. This can be used for outbound calls only.
Active: This is an Active number. This can be used for inbound and outbound calls.
Porting: This is a number that will be ported to the PBX. Once porting has completed you will be able to configure inbound call routing.
Waiting Verification: This is a vanity number that has yet to be verified.
The 'Block Size' can be one of two options:
- A Block Size of 1 represents a single number.
- A Block Size of 100 represents a 100 number block.
Enter the following information:
- From the dropdown field, select the country that represents your number.
- Enter the phone number you wish to use as a Vanity Number.
You will now be taken back to the main 'Phone Numbers' screen.
In order to use the number, you will need to verify ownership of the number.
Find the number and click to begin the verification process.
On this window you will be able to verify ownership of the number.
Click 'Initiate Call'.
Your PBX will call the number and announce a verification code.
Enter the verification code into the field and click 'Complete Verification'.
The number has now been added as a vanity number on the PBX and can now be configured for outbound caller ID in the PBX.