Heat Advisories and Toll Free

With 32 states under a heat advisory this week, 1-800 service to authorities, utility companies and cooling centers have never been busier. People are calling toll free phone numbers for information on beating the heat, to report power outages, seeking cooling centers and assistance for the elderly and sick who are suffering in the 100 degree-plus temperatures. Toll free telephone numbers have even been established for animal care–pets to livestock to wild animals are all feeling the effects of the heat.

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Spring Break Toll Free

Traditionally this time of year we hear of a surge in the use of travel toll free telephone numbers as colleges students make last minute plans for spring break, this week and next. The travel industry and toll free service have a longstanding relationship that we expect will continue to grow and expand.

Advances in Communications Include Toll Free

Ten years ago we could never have imagined the advances in communications and technology. The pace of technological growth has been frenetic and toll free phone service has kept up with every step. Toll free numbers are used by every conceivable type of business in every traditional and contemporary way. Smart phones, APPS, social networks, internet all include toll free 800, 888, 877, 866 or 855 numbers. And as new technology emerges, toll free service will find its niche there too.

Super Bowl Advertising With Toll Free

Super Bowl commercials are almost as popular as the game. Companies will spend an average of $100,000 per second! And $3 million per ad for a spot during this Sunday’s game. And the majority of those ads will include a toll free telephone number or a link to a web site that provides the toll free phone number. Toll free is commonplace in corporate advertising and just as effective for smaller companies.

Toll Frees Get Sticky

Following the emergence of a black market for valuable toll free numbers, including catchy vanity numbers, sources say federal authorities are cracking down on the illegal sales of 800 numbers.
Learn more information to protect yourself here.

Family Ties Up Toll Frees

Small business owners, following the lead of the CEO’s of nearly half the Fortune 500 companies, are securing toll free vanity phone numbers as a strategic marketing tool. Personal use of toll free numbers has skyrocketed as parents secure an 800 number to stay in touch with their teens, college-aged children, and elderly parents. Continue reading here.

Federal Toll Free Rationing

The stock of available toll free numbers is now so depleted that insiders say government agencies may implement another rationing of the 800, 888, 877, and 866 pre-fixes within months. Rumors of a rationing program have subscribers scrambling to obtain numbers, creating an even more limited supply.

Read more here.

Fight Against Toll Free Rationing

By a narrow defeat, telecommunications insiders say a proposal to ration the limited supply of existing toll free numbers has suffered a loss at 800 Services management System (SMS/800). To fight the fight against toll free rationing click here.

Premature Toll Free Aging?

When an 800 number is disconnected, it goes into what is referred to as the aging process. At some point it becomes available on the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800) database. Then the race is on to obtain it. Many people wish to get toll free numbers that aren’t properly aged. If you are one of those people, read more here.

It’s No Debate, Don’t Wait

Toll free service has become a staple for businesses, organizations, and not-for-profits. According to reports, 98% of Americans use toll free numbers regularly. Businesses can see increases of as much as 600 percent if an advertisement includes a 1-800 number. Toll free numbers increase market reach, enhance customer confidence, establish recognition of brand image, and sustain businesses during times of a weak economy. Get more information on this phenomenon here.