Why Is It So Hard To Get An 800 Phone Number?

With the fixed amount of available 800 numbers shrinking fast, subscribers who waited to secure toll free service are now learning why it is so difficult to obtain a number.

Industry insiders say the soaring popularity of toll free service combined with the failure of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release additional numbers have created a tight supply of 800 numbers in heavy demand.

Once used primarily by big businesses, 800, 888, 877, and 866 toll free numbers are now popular with small businesses, charities, churches, and for personal use. Toll free service has become a staple of all successful businesses. Demand has grown quickly but the supply of numbers has remained stagnant.

Adding to the problem, insiders say 800 numbers retired back to the main database for someone else to use are scarce. Toll free numbers have such an extreme positive impact on any company, that it is rare for business owners to cancel their numbers. 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 day.

Toll free service has a long history. 800 numbers were introduced in 1967. By the 1980s, nearly half of all long distance calls would be toll free. Today, 98 percent of adults say they regularly use toll free numbers. Meanwhile, the supply of 800 numbers are at an all-time low. More than two-thirds of the available numbers are taken and there are no immediate plans by the FCC to introduce a new pre-fix.

Telecommunications experts recommend that anyone wishing to obtain a toll free number secure one immediately. There are an average of 8,000 new toll free numbers registered each day. With a limited number of numerical possibilities, the supply is nearly expended. Advisors say the most effective and affordable way to obtain a toll free number before supplies run out is to contact a reliable toll free service provider. A few examples are Verizon or Qwest. These providers can quickly assist subscribers in finding a quality toll free number.

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82 Responses

  1. good point

  2. good point

  3. I want an 8-0-0 number but can\’t find one. Any suggestions?

  4. Thousands register each day? OMG – I\’ve better get started!

  5. the fcc needs to get on the ball if you ask me…

  6. good point

  7. These articles are so informative! Love \’em!

  8. I have a toll-free-number for adoption (personal use) it\’s a requirement that I have one but I\’m going to keep it for a charity I\’m starting 😉

  9. I have a toll free but I want a new one. Please FCC, release the new numbers!!

  10. I can\’t find anything! Can someone give a newbie some advice on this?

  11. Hay una versin espaola de este sitio?

  12. Thanks for the help! I found a number I wanted a placed an order in just a few minutes. I can\’t wait \’til its active.

  13. I\’m in real estate and since the markets been down, I\’ve gotten a couple toll frees so my customers don\’t have to pay to call me. I get so many calls now; I\’m the envy of my office. =)

  14. Great info!!!!

  15. good point

  16. good point

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

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  19. Two things are infinite : the universe and human stupidity; I’m not sure about the universe.

  20. Wisdom begins in wonder.

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

  22. Bacteria is sometimes the only culture some people have.

  23. (800) 588-2300, Empireeeeeeeee! Call Empire today!

    (You Chicagoland people know what I’m talking about :-> )

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

  25. American Idol is gonna be a lot worse now…

  26. The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

  27. my number 1. my debt collectors have been calling me alot lately

  28. now they just have to make it free to call in the united states

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

  30. A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

  31. To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.

  32. You know what this means right? Return of the Wardailer!

  33. good point

  34. (800) 588-2300, Empireeeeeeeee! Call Empire today!

    (You Chicagoland people know what I’m talking about :-> )

  35. Why is abbreviation such a long word ?

  36. Be of use, but don’t be used.

  37. Be of use, but don’t be used.

  38. Speaking of financial institutions, State Farm Insurance/Bank has been using a voice authentication for about 2 years now. Their system has you repeat about 8 numbers back to it before you can use the telephone teller. I can honestly say that I have had less problems with their system than any other voice recognition/speaker recognition system.

  39. A wise man does not need advice and a fool won’t take it.

  40. How do you use the free service

  41. I’m gonna have to say that the WRT54GL is the greatest router ever.

  42. He who can, does. He who can’t, teaches.

  43. If you’re not very clever you should be conciliatory.

  44. To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.

  45. very good

  46. I can vouch for the swearing. Some systems don’t respond to key presses and I will just automatically start flipping out then all of a sudden *ring*

  47. How do you use the free service

  48. nice

  49. When godaddy first listed their phone number i was like… OMG its not 800!!! then i thought.. Via cell phone it’s alllll the same.

  50. how long will it take before the NSA starts using this, no more calling from phone booths, to hide your number

  51. A little off-topic, but what is the fourth generation mentioned in the article? Looking at some of the cellphones in Japan, i’m wondering what further features they could throw in there…

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