Creative Use of Toll Free Service To Sell Retail Stock

Economic upheavals over the past year have forced many businesses to shut their doors–rent, payroll and utilities cost more than they were bringing in. With ample supply of stock leftover, some of these astute business owners began generating sales through phone and web sales utilizing toll free phone numbers. The majority of sales from catalog and websites are still made through toll free phone calls. Toll free has helped many retail companies, large and small, stay afloat during this recession by allowing them to tweak how they do business.

Possible Meltdown Has Toll-free Providers On Edge

Telecommunications industry sources now say an unthinkable embargo on new toll free phone service in the United States is a real possibility within the next year. Facing a severe shortage of available 800-numbers, a skyrocketing demand for toll free service and an emerging black market for 800 numbers, insiders say officials feel they are left with no choice but to impose an embargo.

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Despite Warning, Hoarding Continues

The owner of a valuable 800 toll free number who attempted to illegally sell the number to an undercover agent faces stiff fines according to regulations set by the Federal Communications Commission.

By law, phone numbers cannot be sold or brokered. In 1997, the FCC made the sale of 800 numbers illegal. Because of the short supply of available numbers, complaints were pouring in at that time that price gouging for the popular numbers was becoming a common practice. The FCC acted quickly, prohibiting sales.

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