844 Next.

With so much buzz and volume over the new 855 toll free area code phone numbers, there is already talk that the next toll free area code (844 numbers) will be right on 855’s heels. The 844 could be released within the next 12-18 months. By then, the supply will likely be diminished and the need will be there.

Southwest’s Toll Free TTY Hotline

Southwest Airlines currently offers toll-free TTY (teletypewriter) and video relay access, giving deaf and hard-of-hearing customers direct access to their customer service hotline. With this toll free service, deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech disabled customers needing to call Southwest Airlines or can dial a dedicated toll-free TTY telephone number: 800-533-1305. That number is answered by a Sprint relay agent. The Sprint relay agent relays information between the Customer Service representative and the relay user in English or Spanish.

Toll Free Area Code: 866

1-866 numbers are increasing in popularity. For many subscribers, it is easier to find a suitable 1-866 number these days than a 1-800 number. They are widely recognized as toll free numbers. AT&T introduced 800 numbers in 1967. Two decades later, when most of the 7 million possible numbers were taken, the 888 pre-fix was introduced. It took just two years for that supply to run dry. The FCC then launched 877 in 1998 followed soon after by 866.