Lawyers and Toll Free Gear Up For Oil Spill Lawsuits

Lawyers nationwide are advertising 1-800 telephone numbers related to lawsuits anticipated in the wake of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. With tens of thousands of gallons of oil spewing into the waters each day for over a month now, personal injury and civil litigation attorneys are gearing up to advertise their toll free phone numbers to as many clients as possible. Attorneys have used toll free service for decades and with national disasters like the spill, they are marketing their services with toll free all over the southeast.

Planned Toll-free Number Rationing May Deny or Delay New Phone Service Applications.

Rationing is not a new concept. After 800 numbers ran dry in 1995 the federal government rationed numbers until the 888 numbers were launched a year later. The rationing of toll free numbers could a tighter squeeze on U.S. businesses, already in trouble with a shaky economy. Toll free service is essential for new companies, start-ups and any business trying to get a competitive edge. Insiders are concerned that if the existing available 800 numbers are rationed, some businesses could be doomed.

The severe shortage of 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers already has the toll free service industry feeling uneasy. Now that rumors are circulating that rationing of numbers is about to begin, experts say anyone who wants to obtain a toll free number had better act now.

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Toll-free Ration Bill Rejected at SMS800.

By a narrow defeat, telecommunications insiders say a proposal to ration the limited supply of existing toll free numbers has suffered a loss at 800 Services management System (SMS/800).

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