Toll-free 1(800) Home Phone Numbers?

A new trend in the use of 800 numbers is drastically increasing the number of subscribers to toll free service. The new users?  Families.

Personal use of toll free phone service has skyrocketed in the past five years. Adults are now routinely providing elderly parents on a fixed income with an 800 number. Parents are hooking their kids up with toll free service so they can keep in constant communication. And experts say this trend is not a passing fancy. Toll free service for personal use is here to stay.

Toll free numbers enable callers to reach businesses, organizations, and non-profits without having to pay for the call. This trend has been so successful that the available 1-800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers are decreasing while demand is growing at unprecedented rates. In fact, an average of 8,000 new subscribers sign up for toll free numbers every single day.

Toll free service has gone through several incarnations over the past four decades. First, 800 numbers were primarily used by big business. This is still the case—almost all of the Fortune 500 companies have an 800 number. Then, toll free service became more affordable and easy to obtain, causing a surge in use by small businesses, online companies, and not-for-profits. Now, personal use is all the rage.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800) both report that personal use of toll free numbers is on the rise. The popularity of the 1-800 number, introduced in the late 1960s, led the FCC to add the new pre-fixes 888 and 877 in the mid-1990s. When availability of those numbers became scarce in 2000, the 866 pre-fix was added to overcome the shortage. Now, eight years later, the supply is nearly depleted.

With supplies of available toll free numbers plummeting, experts are recommending that anyone wishing to obtain a toll free number secure one immediately. When obtaining numbers for use by children and elderly relatives, it is especially important that subscribers deal with reliable service providers. Companies like AT&T and Verizon quickly secure a number for any subscriber, offer low rates, and reliable fiber optic connections.


48 Responses

  1. How do you use the free service

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  3. Now all we need is a connection to the computer standard to!

  4. HELLO – Sprint has starting doing this ages ago!!!!!!!!! With success!

  5. use drums? use smoke signals? 🙂

  6. it’s a pity, advertisements say that 0800 numbers are free and when you start to use you realize that it’s not! And nobody told you before that if you call from mobile, you have to pay, from skype – to pay… it’s not fair!

  7. This whole article is based on an incorrect assumption — that all calls cost the same. The huge majority of people have regular home phones, which do not have any sort of “all numbers are the same” plan. On top of that, not all mobile phone plans are the same. I’m a heavy mobile user, but my plan doesn’t have any special “all numbers are the same” plan, because the majority of my calls are local. The only thing that will kill 800 numbers, I think, is the end of the local/long distance distinction, which may happen, but not for the reasons the article lists.

  8. thanks – good thoughts

  9. very good

  10. You don’t know what your talking about.

  11. I don’t know about this. Sounds to good to be true.

  12. Got one for my grandma to call. She needs to savre all the money she can get with the ecomony being what it is. Poor old woman cant even affrd to pay her bills.

  13. Remember that time is money.

  14. It’s so funny I found this. I just started using a 1-800 so that I can give it to people I meet at clubs. I don’t want creepies using my real #… Anyone else using it for the same purpose?

  15. My ma’ has one. She’s in Tennessee and has telimarketers callin’ her all the day long so she hears from this guy to get a 800 # and she does. Now if someone gets ahold a her # she just goes ahead and changes it. Pretty clever I think.


  17. 8,000 new subscribers a day? Whoa!!

  18. So what you’re saying is that we need to get our numbers stat!?

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

  21. interesting article. much appreciated

  22. Ah yes. Another flashback of my youth. Making free phone calls etc.
    The xboxes and playstations only rob kids of these experiences.

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  24. Why is abbreviation such a long word ?

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

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

  27. Okay, I remember a trick back in high school that someone taught me but I’ve since forgot. They would pick up the phone, dial a number, and hang up the receiver a couple times. Several seconds later, the phone would ring continuously until someone picked it up. But there was no one on the other line. Anyone remember/know how to do that?

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  31. well said

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  33. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

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  35. interesting article. much appreciated

  36. Pressure makes diamonds.

  37. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

  38. nice post. thanks!

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