Holidays Looming: Toll Free Helps

With the holidays upon us, many consumers are scrambling for last minute gifts. Rather than tackle crowded malls or send an e-mail order to a company and hope you get a reply and a delivery in time…call the company’s toll free phone number and speak directly to a representative who can tell you about the product, make other suggestions, and speak to you about delivery options. One-on-one conversations beat out e-mail exchanges every time, especially when crunched for time to buy the perfect present.

Despite Rumors to the Contrary, Ratioing of Toll Free Numbers in Consideration

The federal government rationed coveted 800 numbers in 1995 until the new 888 pre-fix was introduced a year later. But the U.S. supply of available 1-800 numbers, dwindling for years, is again nearly depleted. Toll free numbers enable callers to reach businesses, organizations, and non-profits without having to pay for the call. This marketing tool has been so successful that the available 1-800 numbers are decreasing while demand is growing at unprecedented rates.

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800 Numbers All But Gone

UPDATE: The scarcity of toll free numbers is having an impact on telecoms nationwide. AT&T no longer has 800 area codes available through it’s online toll free look-up tool. A number of other providers have followed suit and stopped offering the 800 numbers to their telephone subscribers.

More info here.