Release of 855 Helps Across The Board

At a recent conference, toll free phone service was discussed and the general consensus is that there is no downside to releasing more toll free numbers. With a larger supply, there would be a reduction of improper distribution of these numbers–the legitimate service providers would benefit enormously. Business owners and subscribers would likewise benefit because they could get new custom numbers that meet their needs. Domain names could be more easily matched. There are countless benefits and really no disadvantages that any of the representatives could think of. The release of 855 numbers, sooner rather than later, will help across the board.

What Function Does The FCC Serve In Toll Free Phone Numbers?

The FCC cannot provide any information about the status of a toll-free number or a request for a toll-free number on behalf of a customer. The FCC cannot reserve or hold numbers for a customer but they can mediate conflicts that arise over rights of ownership of specific numbers.

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Submitted 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.

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