855 Now. 844 Next.

Happy Halloween to all our readers. With the resounding success of the new 855 toll free area code numbers, we are receiving a multitude of inquiries about the pending 844 toll free numbers, still held by the FCC> We do not expect an imminent release but we do expect a release within the next 12-18 months. We will keep you posted.

Expanding Your Business with Toll Free Numbers

Utilizing multiple toll free phone numbers is a proven marketing tool that can increase existing business and jump-start a new company. Several great, memorable, toll free numbers will reach countless potential customers and clients. Toll free service is so affordable that anyone can get multiple numbers and still save over standard service. By advertising more than one toll free number, you can reach more customer and get more business coming your way. Let your customers call you for free.

This Halloween Be Afraid of Black Market Brokers

As with any commodity in high demand, a black market for toll free numbers has emerged in the United States, sending regulators scrambling to control the illegal sales of valuable 800 numbers.

With toll free service soaring in popularity while finite supplies of available numbers drop, attempts to illegally buy and sell choice numbers on the black market is increasing.

According to regulations enacted on April 11, 1997 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) toll free phone numbers cannot be sold or brokered. These rules were approved after the FCC fielded numerous complaints about price gouging for catchy vanity numbers and popular numeric sequences.

Read more here.

Business Marketers Highly Recommend Toll Frees

With the economy not expected to rally anytime soon, economists are advising business owners to shift their marketing tactics to direct response—including using toll free phone numbers to attract consumers and sustain relationships with existing customers. Toll free is a proven marketing strategy that marketing experts say is a necessity in these days of staunch competition for every consumer dollar.

We Address Federal Guidelines About Wiretapping Concerns

As new and enhanced telecommunications systems develop, the debate over this issue becomes more intense.

At this point, law enforcement officers and intelligence agencies can seek permission from the courts to enact surveillance of telephone and computers as part of an investigation. They are authorized to do so by the Wiretapping Act of 1968, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA), and the Patriot Act of 2001.

Read more here.

State Uses Toll Free To Connect With Victims

Below is an Associated Press article about more governmental toll free phone number use. This is becoming a common way for officials to connect with constituents.

Government officials in North Carolina want to hear from people who say they were sterilized through a state program that ended almost 40 years ago. A state agency announced Tuesday a toll-free number for callers to provide information and confirm the identification of someone who was sterilized under the authority of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. More than 7,600 people were sterilized by choice or coercion under the program between 1933 and 1973. Callers will have to fill out a verification form.

Gov. Beverly Perdue created a foundation designed to determine how to compensate victims. But there’s no money set aside right now for that assistance. The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation said verification doesn’t guarantee the person will receive compensation.

The toll free number is 1-877-550-6013 and will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Verification forms also are available online at http://www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov

Some Carriers Have Back Stock of Good 800 Numbers

Despite the nationwide shortage of toll free numbers, there are some carriers that can still provide subscribers with suitable 800 and vanity numbers for immediate ownership. This news may come as a relief to some business owners who have been finding it difficult to obtain a good toll free number. By researching different carriers, subscribers will find some that have ample stock, for now.