Celebrity Toll Free Number Draws Publicity

While we are amused by all the publicity actor Bill Murray has been receiving over his new personal toll free telephone number, we are not surprised by his decision. Actors, sports figures and celebrities have long used toll free telephone numbers for their professional image. The numbers sometimes ring to staff, sometimes to taped messages, and sometimes directly to their managers and agents. Personal use of toll free service has mushroomed over the past decade and we expect it will continue to grow in popularity.

800 Rationing Forseen

In the telecommunications industry, we are once again hearing rumors of toll free rationing. The federal government rationed 800 numbers in 1995 until the new 888 pre-fix was introduced a year later. Now, the supply of available 1-800 numbers is again nearly depleted. This marketing tool has been so successful that the available numbers are decreasing while demand is growing at unprecedented rates. If rationing is implemented, obtaining a new toll free number will be more difficult than ever before.

SafeLink Helps Poor

Free cell phones are now being provided to needy residents of the U.S. The program is called SafeLink and is intended for low-income families and anyone receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and other government assistance programs. Safelink is being hailed as a safety program for those who cannot afford phones to stay in touch with children and family or who may need to contact police and medical personnel.
For more information on the free cell phone program go to SafeLink.com or call 1-800-977-3768.