No Concrete Confirmation Of 855 Release

We are still fielding inquiries about the yet-to-be-released 855 telephone area codes–toll free numbers. Although there is buzz that the numbers are “being tested” and that they are set to be made available for public use sometime soon, we have had no concrete evidence or confirmation that this is true. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will keep you, our readers, apprised.


Legal Ownership Of Toll Free

This seems to be a hot topic these days. Under rules established in 1997 by the FCC, toll-free service providers cannot reserve a toll-free number without having an actual toll-free subscriber for whom the number is being reserved. By law, available numbers must be doled out on a first-come, first served basis off the main database maintained by the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800). Hoarding numbers is likewise illegal. A subscriber may not acquire more toll-free numbers than they intend to use. By FCC definition, “hoarding” also includes “brokering” which is the illegal lease or sale of toll-free numbers for a fee.

Selling Toll Free Numbers is No Laughing Matter

In an unstable economy, small businesses need reliable marketing tools to increase the flow of new and repeat business and compete with bigger, sustained companies. Toll free numbers instantly win customer confidence and give new businesses the jump start they need to grow into sustained companies.

Advisers say the best way to obtain a toll free number before supply runs out is to use a legal, reliable toll free service provider that has access to the database of available numbers.

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