Toll-free Phone Service Applications Expected To Rise

Heeding recent warnings about the rapid decline of 800 numbers, subscribers are applying for toll free service at record rates. A steady stream of requests are pouring in for toll free 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers and applications are expected to continue to rise this year.

In recent years, an average of 8,000 new toll free numbers have been doled out each day from the main database of available numbers, managed by the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800). With 800 numbers bursting in popularity while the supply of available numbers shrinks, insiders say the number of daily applications could double by the end of the year.

For several months now, industry insiders have been advising anyone looking for a toll free number to secure one immediately. The warnings are apparently sinking in– applications for 800 numbers are at an all-time high as subscribers try to obtain a number while there are still some remaining.

Making the situation worse, hopes that the new 855 numbers would soon be released have been dashed as insiders report the launch of the numbers may be held off until 2011. Meanwhile more than two-thirds of available numbers have been taken and millions of new numbers are being registered each year.

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 stockpile is once again low despite a recent mass deactivation of unused 800 numbers.

In the race to submit an application for toll free phone service, advisors say the most effective and affordable way to obtain an 800 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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35 Responses

  1. well, since 1960, 800 numbers have been increasing in popularity

  2. they have been rising anyway

  3. if they rise and the number of numbers lowers, we may be in a phone number resession

  4. bad news

  5. This news is likely to continue until 2011

  6. more info please

  7. interesting article. much appreciated

  8. 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!

  9. It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.

  10. Noo, I can’t dial 1-800-MYLEMON!!!

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

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

  13. very insightful

  14. Hey, at least you are getting better than normal customer service.

  15. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

  16. 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.

  17. Nothing better than my 1-800-Mr-Refund vanity toll free number.

    MR REFUND will never screw up your refund… Guaranteed.

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

  22. It was about time! This is good news! Hopefully they’ll do the same with the others

  23. thanks. good to know.

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