Investing In An 800 Number? Now Is The Time.

With the supply of available 800 numbers dwindling and no immediate plans by the FCC to launch additional numbers, experts advise that business owners and others interested in securing an 800 number should invest today.

More than two-thirds of the available supply of 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers are taken and millions of new subscribers are registering every year. Business owners who wait much longer to obtain a number might find themselves out of luck. In a competitive market, a toll free number is a valuable commodity for every business.

Toll free numbers were introduced in 1967. By the 1980s, half of all long distance calls were through 800 numbers. A decade later, the FCC added two new pre-fixes, 888 and 877, to address the shortage of available numbers. With the supply continuing to drop while demand increased, 866 numbers were added in the year 2000. Eight years later, supplies are now at all all-time low.

A plea for unused numbers to be released offered a brief reprieve earlier this year. But within weeks, the supply dropped again as thousands of new subscribers invested in toll free service each and every day.

Toll free service has become a staple for businesses, organizations, and not-for-profits. According to reports, 98% of Americans use toll free numbers regularly. Businesses can see increases of as much as 600 percent if an advertisement includes a 1-800 number. Toll free numbers increase market reach, enhance customer confidence, establish recognition of brand image, and sustain businesses during times of a weak economy.

But advisors say it is not only business owners who need to invest now if they want the guarantee of an 800 number. The FCC reports that toll free service is also increasing for personal use as parents obtain an 800 number so a child or relative can reach them for free.

Industry insiders are recommending that anyone wishing to obtain a toll free number secure one immediately. With a limited number of toll free possibilities, the finite supply is nearly expended. It is important to work with reliable and affordable service provider. Companies like AT&T and Verizon can quickly secure a number for any subscriber, then offer low rates, a variety of services and reliable fiber optic connections.

53 Responses

  1. Thanks for the post

  2. It seems like it took the FCC a long time to add any other area code other than 800… I wonder why?

  3. Why don\’t they put out a bunch of new \”area codes\” at one time?

  4. I don\’t know if 855 will be popular. I\’d rather have an 800 or 888.

  5. Where can I get a toll free at?? Somebaody help!

  6. I dont like voip sevrices anyway. Go for fiber optics and youll save yourself lots of troubles.

  7. Increases up to 600%!? That\’s crazy! If I had known that I would\’ve gotten one years ago. Where can I sign up?

  8. I got one so my kids can call home from college. It\’s saved me a fortune in long distance.

  9. good point

  10. good point

  11. Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

  12. To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

  13. All it says is “For stimulating conversation call this number”, and then it hangs up on you.

  14. nice

  15. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid all together.

  16. God is clever, but not dishonest.

  17. use drums? use smoke signals? πŸ™‚

  18. I must agree. . . I don’t mind pdf, but the acrobat plugin’s at work don’t work, and then they won’t close right, so I have to reboot. I can’t install a good plugin and have no choice. PDF is fine so I know to view it at home, just please post a WARNING that it’s pdf so it doesn’t mess up my computers at work unknowingly…

  19. These are only Japan based manufacturers. American companies have made no such agreement.

  20. reynold’s site is 400% better

  21. Man, i hope it’s better than the voiceprint identification back in MacOS 9.

    That thing sucked.

  22. When people call me I just always try to sound out-of-breath and harassed, but polite. It makes them talk faster.

  23. somewhere a supervisor is yelling “calls in queue!”

  24. Pressure makes diamonds.

  25. Personal opinion here, but it’s not about the price of the call.

    I’m in the UK; our equivalent is 0800, but it’s essentailly the same as 800 in the US. On most mobile networks here, you get charged for calling 0800, at the same rate as calling a normal fixed line phone.

    So, it’s not the price that I see when I call, it’s the image of the company. Unless I spot a company with a familiar area code such as my local area, I’m going to go with the company that looks the most impressive. Given the choice between two identical offerings, one from a company on 01987 532345 and another from 0800 4532345, I’ll go with the 0800 offering every time.

    It’s like domain names. Who would you buy from? http://www.flowerpots.com or hometown.aol.com/tedsflowerpots

  26. If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.

  27. This is great marketing. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  28. You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.

  29. Fish and visitors smell in three days.

  30. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the laws

  31. Wow, that google 411 thing almost seems to good to be true. Free 411, sure. Connecting you for free? Sweet!

  32. A smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart.

  33. Man, i hope it’s better than the voiceprint identification back in MacOS 9.

    That thing sucked.

  34. it is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

  35. To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

  36. I don’t think so. I just bought a vanity 888 number to go with my company’s name. It’s not so much because it is toll free, it is because it is a little more professional to give out an easy to remember number than just any old regional number.

  37. I should keep my words soft and sweet in case I have to eat them.

  38. Wisdom begins in wonder.

  39. A friend is someone who has the same enemies you have.

  40. Toll free numbers have a number of features which make them different from standard 1+ switched numbers. All toll free numbers are registered with the national SMS database. Not to be confused with “Short Message Service” on cell phones, the SMS database keeps track of ownership of a toll free numbers via RespOrg (Responsible Organization), and routing of toll free numbers, including time of day routing, area of service routing, and the ability to route toll free numbers across multiple carriers for rudundantcy purposes. At the carrier level, toll free numbers may be pointed to either a customer’s trunk group or to a POTS number.

    Toll free numbers cannot be slammed, the only way to change carrier on a toll free number is to write a letter of authorization to the RespOrg to release the number back to the national SMS database.

    In short, toll free numbers are industrial strength telecom. They’re not going anywhere until someone can build an infrastructure which offers the same or better guaranteed reliability.

  41. The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

  42. I really wish that I could get the 800 number of my horrible hosting company. Man.

  43. “Please hold while your call if forwarded to our customer service department in India”… ***** ***** ***** *****!!! ‘ello dis is Dakshesh how may I assist you? Hahahaaa….. can’t wait to try that one!! Then I can get out my cursing before the call, great! Who knew?

  44. I’m glad some of these truly buried numbers are published finally…

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  46. […] Toll free service has become a staple for businesses, organizations, and not-for-profits. According to reports, 98% of Americans use toll free numbers regularly. Businesses can see increases of as much as 600 percent if an advertisement includes a 1-800 number. Toll free numbers increase market reach, enhance customer confidence, establish recognition of brand image, and sustain businesses during times of a weak economy. Get more information on this phenomenon here. […]

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