Actually, virtual phone numbers are much better than the numbers you receive from your local telephone provider.
Your local phone provider will generally require that you purchase their service if you have your phone number registered with them and they will generally charge high fees to forward the number to alternative service (e.g. cell phone). They can also reject your request to take the number with you if you change service providers and move outside of the local area.
When you register your business number with Talkroute, you receive a number that can be registered in all major business directories and when searched, appears just like any other business number. Best of all, you can route the number to any phone(s), regardless of the service provider. If you ever decide to leave Talkroute, there is no hassle to take your number with you.