New Numbers Could Stall Embargo

It is a relief to hear the buzz that new toll free phone numbers will likely be released within a year or two. Telecommunications industry sources say this new supply of numbers could thwart an embargo on new toll free phone service in the United States. Facing a severe shortage of available 800-numbers coupled with a skyrocketing demand for toll free service and an emerging black market for 800 numbers, insiders say officials felt they may have needed to impose an embargo. But with an expected turn-about, the embargo may not be necessary.

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