855 and 844 Area Codes Equate To Millions Of Options.

When you do the math, you realize that the new 855 area code toll free phone numbers, along with the pending new 844 numbers, equate to millions of new custom telephone number options for subscribers. With millions of new opportunities, business owners can create memorable custom toll free numbers to enhance their marketing and customer outreach. The possibilities are huge.

Sometimes 866 Numbers are Easier to Find

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.

FCC Narrowing Gaze Upon Number Hoarders

According to the FCC, hoarding and warehousing numbers is prohibited and punishable with severe fines.

Along with hoarding, the outright sale of specific toll free numbers is likewise illegal. Some crafty entrepreneurs have attempted to skirt the regulations by “leasing” or “renting” numbers. But industry insiders say the crackdown on illegal use of toll free numbers is aimed at this practice too.

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