855 Rumors Continue

Since reporting here last month that rumors were flying about the imminent release of 855 toll free area codes, we have been bombarded with questions and demands for follow-up information. So far, we have heard nothing definite. With the majority of existing numbers already taken, the need for new numbers is growing. Numbers with the 855 (and 844 and so on..) area codes are being held in reserve for this specific purpose. It’s been a decade since new toll free phone numbers have been released for public use and demand grows every year. It’s time.

If Supplies of Toll Frees Remain Low Proposed Rationing Of Toll-free Phone Numbers May Proceed As Planned.

The force behind the demand for toll-free numbers is not only the traditional business use: a growing market is comprised of residential customers. If rationing is implemented, obtaining a new toll free number will be more difficult than ever before.

The popularity of the 1-800 number, launched in 1967, led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to add the new pre-fixes 888 and 877 in the mid-1990s. When availability of those numbers plummeted, 866 was added in 2000 to overcome the shortage. Since then, there have been no new pre-fixes introduced and supplies are rapidly shrinking.

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New 1-800 Hotlines Join So Many Others

In addition to the previously announced toll free numbers to help provide assistance and information about the swine flu, millions of other toll free hotlines are available to help people in distress, victims of natural disasters, or just for those seeking information or looking to report a problem.
When toll free service first became popular, a handful of 1-800 hotlines were established. Now, there are millions of 24-hour hotlines offering assistance for people in almost any circumstance.