A new threat to your toll-free number.

Toll-free-number users in the U.S. face a double threat: loss of their proprietary numbers both at home and abroad.

The international movement to do away with existing toll-free numbers may spread in altered form to the U.S. in ’96 when a new system of domestic numbers starting with the prefix 888 is introduced.

Despite assurances to customers that they won’t lose their numbers in either case, the telecommunications carriers maintain that “the user has no proprietary right to an 800-number,” says the International Communications Association.

Thus, a firm with a number such as …