What is the
difference between "unique locations" and
There is a big difference between a vISP
Provider offering a number of "unique
locations" and another offering a
number of "unique numbers."
Your understanding of the difference can help
you avoid unhappy surprises.
Unique Locations - A vISP
Provider that offers a specific number of
"unique locations" general takes each number
in their dial-up phonebook and then lists every city or community that
can call this number without incurring a
charge. This means that many locations use the
same number. So the quantity of "unique numbers"
offered by the vISP Provider are far less. One
network provider offered Alliance over 50,000
unique locations. After deleting duplicate
phone numbers, the list was less than 6,000
- A vISP Provider that offers a specific number
of "unique numbers" is actually offering
several times that quantity in "unique
locations" as each number has many
locations that call each number without
incurring long distance charges. The
Alliance ISP Solution includes well
over 35,000 "unique numbers."
In addition to having far less numbers than you
expect, there is another issue with using "unique
locations". If any of the locations turn out
to be a toll call from the city listed, the
virtual ISP can be responsible for the long
distance charges since they advertise it as a
"local" number. With "unique numbers" it
is up to the subscriber to determine whether or
not it is a toll call.