As Month Ends, Still Waiting on 855

Still waiting for news on the release of the 855 toll free area code phone numbers. We don’t expect a release tomorrow on the holiday but last we month as you recall we did hear rumors that the new collection of toll free numbers would soon be allowed for use. We also received a tip that there is “testing” of the yet-to-be-released 855 toll free telephone numbers. We didn’t get any specifics on what type of testing is being done on these area code numbers. The new 855 numbers would provide millions of opportunities for subscribers to get new custom toll free phone number for their business or personal use.


Toll Free Numbers Preferred Over Local Service

The value of a 1-800 number has become a necessity for any business. Toll free numbers allow callers to reach businesses, organizations and even friends and relatives without being charged for the call. A toll free number lends credibility to any business, enhances customer service, and increases customer confidence. There are no additional installations needed for a 1-800 number and the calls can be routed to any cell phone, landline, or fax. Studies show that sales can double and word of mouth referrals can increase by as much as 200% making toll free service indispensable for business.

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Toll Free Allotment

In March 1998, the FCC ordered the fair distribution of vanity toll free numbers. The Commission concluded that assigning vanity numbers would be on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure fair allocation of numbers. The FCC decided that “a first-come, first-served process is also the most efficient method for assigning toll free numbers because it is the most easily administered and least expensive way to allocate numbers.” The FCC also announced that the the first-come, first-served system avoids disputes among subscribers over who is entitled to a particular number

Veterans Services Available At 1-800 Numbers Nationwide

This is the weekend we honor our lost military personnel. To support veterans services as a message of honor and remembrance, look up the dozens of 1-800 numbers related to veterans services nationwide. Toll free phone numbers have been helping to aid and resources to veterans for decades.

Is a Toll Free Phone Service Embargo in the U.S. Possible?

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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Are 866 Numbers Becoming More Popular than 877 or 888?

866 numbers are the newest toll free numbers, released by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000 to address the shortage of 800, 888, and 877 numbers. Once consumers began to recognize the 866 pre-fix as toll free, the value of 866 soared. Recent studies indicate that 9 out of 10 consumers recognize 866 as a toll free number. The 866 numbers are more popular then ever before, increasing in demand every day.

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Weekend Travel And Telecommunications

Millions of travelers will use telecommunications and especially toll free telephone numbers to plan their holidays this Memorial Day Weekend. Travel is up 40 percent over last year when the economy was at its lowest point. Keep in touch, make reservations and plans on your phone using all the new technology and reliable 1-800 numbers. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Can Phone Calls in the USA Be Monitored?

If a phone tap is implemented, a computer copies the digitized phone conversation to a second line and it is impossible to tell whether a line is being tapped. A well-designed tap installed on a phone wire can be difficult to detect.

The American Civil Liberties Union has fought the expansion of law enforcement surveillance practices of telephone and computer conversations for decades. However it has been mostly unsuccessful.

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May Nears End. Still No Word on 855 Numbers

Here it is–May is winding down nd despite strong rumors that the 855 toll free telephone area code numbers–millions of combos–could be released this month, we still have heard nothing concrete. Further rumors suggested that these numbers were being tested. Still, we do not see them on the market yet nor have we heard a firm release date. When we do hear something–and we hope it is soon because our committees and experts agree it would help the telecommunications business–we will let you know.

Bill Copies Are Required for Porting Numbers

If you currently control your own 1-800 toll free phone number (or 888/877/866) and choose to transfer your toll free number to another company (also called ‘porting your number’) the company you are transferring it to will require a bill copy, but why?

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