Update on 855 Numbers

We haven’t discussed the potential release of the new toll free (855) area codes in awhile, though we are fielding plenty of questions about it. There remains speculation that these much-needed new supplies of toll free phone numbers will be released sometime in the next year or two. But to date there has been no confirmation. As soon as we learn anything new, we will pass it along to our readers.

Where Do Toll Frees Go?

When an 800 number is disconnected, it eventually becomes available on the 800 Service Management System, (SMS/800) database. These retired numbers are in great demand and the competition to secure released numbers is fierce. Get more on this system here.

800 Number Home Use More Popular Than Ever

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.

Read more here.