Completely non-Monzo related but, I find this interesting and fun to play around with and I thought that some Monzo people over here might be interested too!
What is it
So, there’s a German company called sipgate that, amongst other things, offers free UK based landline phone numbers to individuals and small businesses (you’ve got to top it up with credit if you want to make calls from it but, if you just want to receive calls and play around with their API, that’s free).
I have two (the max you’re allowed per person) which I use for a few things, the one caveat being that, if you want to re-direct it to your mobile you have to top it up, but you can log in with a zip client like zoiper ridiculously easily.
If anyone’s interested you can PM me if you get stuck, no referrals or anything I just like their service, I’d love to hear what other people could get up to with these numbers, the most adventurous thing I’ve hooked up so far (disconnected now but, I played around with it for a bit) was home automation through a phone number which was fun.
[Sidenote: There’s another provider I know of which also offers 03xx numbers amongst a few other prefixes that sipgate don’t do, for free (and you get 15 free minutes per month!) but they’re a bit more fiddly and don’t have an api - tel2.co.uk - if anyone knows of any other providers, I’d be interested to see them!]