855? May 2010?

Well, tomorrow is May, 2010. The month during which that the 855 could possibly be released if the rumors are true. We’ll keep on top of it and let our readers know as soon as we hear any news. The rumor mill is really grinding this week with speculation that the release of the new 855 toll free area codes is coming sooner than we expected–maybe even within a few weeks. We are on top of this, investigating, and we will keep our readers posted. As soon as we hear anything definitive, we will let you know.


In What Capacity Does The SMS800 Function In Regard To Toll Frees?

The millions of subscribers signing on for toll free service each year are quickly learning about the vital role of the 800 Services Management System (SMS/800).

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Celebs Promote Charity Through Toll Free

We have written here about celebrities getting their own toll free phone numbers for personal use and to promote their “brand” meaning themselves and their image. Celebs are also promoting toll free charity toll free numbers. For instance, on Monday, April 26th, actor John Stamos hosted a Project Cuddle® event to raise awareness for the 24-hour, toll free crisis phone line to stop baby abandonment. Also on hand was Miss Teen USA Stormi Henley.Project Cuddle®, a non-profit charity, is the result of one woman’s crusade to help prevent infants from being abandoned.

Reported statistics suggest that an average of 57 children are abandoned each day. Project Cuddle’s® mission is to inform community members that frightened girls and women, some of whom may be hiding their pregnancy, can call anytime for confidential, safe and legal help by calling 1-88 TO CUDDLE or 1-888-628-3353.

Toll-free Ration Bill Restructured and Reissued

Growing concern about the limited stock of 800 numbers is creating an even higher demand. The FCC cites toll free service as a “proven” marketing tool for increasing and sustaining business. In fact, studies show that telephone orders can increase up to 60 percent and word of mouth referrals can rise by 200 percent. American adults report that they make an average of 60 toll free calls per year.

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Scuttlebutt Suggests 855 in May

May 1 is just three days away. We are all waiting for more information on the 855 toll free area codes, rumored to be released as early as May. Nothing definite yet but we hope the scuttlebutt is true. New toll free area codes are needed to address the growing demand for these numbers. We hope the FCC unveils the new numbers soon, allowing millions of subscribers to sign on for new custom toll free phone numbers.

Diminishing Supplies of 800 Numbers Have Experts Worried

Experts warn that the U.S. supply of available 1-800 numbers, dwindling for years, is now 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.

Businesses Expand With Telecommunications Options

Telecommunications is becoming more and more vital to the growth of businesses, from Smart Phones, virtual offices, Apps, multiple toll free numbers. All these techniques are proven marketing tools that can increase existing business and jump-start a new company. Toll free service is so affordable that anyone can get multiple numbers and still save over standard service. By advertising more than one toll free number, you can reach more customer and get more business coming your way. Let your customers call you for free. Expand with beneficial telecommunications options.

FCC, Still No Plans To Release Toll Free 855 Numbers

Widespread concerns about the dwindling supply of toll free numbers may not be addressed anytime soon. According to sources at the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800) the reserved 855 pre-fix, intended to restore stocks of toll free numbers, may not be released by the Federal Communications Commission for several years. In fact, industry insiders say the release of 855 may be put off until 2011.

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Toll Free Area Code Confusion

Several news reports in recent months outlined problems with consumers who thought were calling a toll free phone number but in fact were calling a standard pay number. The problems lay in two main areas–either that the caller was not calling the approved 800, 888, 877 or 866 area code toll free numbers. Or, they were calling numbers that had a one of those number combinations as part of the phone number but with a different area code (for instance 631-888-1234) The 800, 888, 877 or 866 area codes are the ONLY toll free numbers here in the United States. And they must appear as the first three digits–the area code.

U.S. Supply of 800 Numbers Decreasing Rapidly

The best way to obtain a toll free number before supply runs out completely is to contact a reliable toll free service provider that has access to the database of available numbers. On the SMSGOV.COM “companies” page, we list providers that will assist subscribers in finding a quality toll free number at a very low cost. Until a new pre-fix is launched, which could take years, it appears the race is on to secure the remaining numbers.

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