New Toll Free Area Codes

You’ve decided to get a new toll free number for personal or business use and, alas, the number it took you three hours to think of is already being used by someone else – what to do? Luckily, a new toll free area code may soon be the wave of the future – get ready to make that reservation! The (855) is the next scheduled area code to come out and people are lining up to get first choice. Learn how you can be the first in line for your number of choice here.

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Toll Free Sales on the Up and Up

Federal agencies have been cracking down on the illegal sale of 800 numbers and the hoarding, or stockpiling, of numbers by service providers and subscribers. This oversight is intended to help free up some of the numbers for new subscribers. Get some additional information here.

It’s Up to You

The force behind the demand for toll-free numbers is not only the traditional business use: a growing market is comprised of residential customers. If rationing is implemented, obtaining a new toll free number will be more difficult than ever before. Read more here.

Release 855 Numbers To Improve Finances

If you have been keeping up with recent financial reports in our industry you know that total industry revenues are fluid and in some cases decreasing. Telecommunications services in 2007 were about $238 billion, compared to about $237 billion in 2006. Revenues for fixed local service providers remained at about $78 billion, while wireless service providers’ revenues increased to about $117 billion, from about $110 billion, and toll service providers’ revenues decreased to about $43 billion, from about $49 billion. One way to get the toll free providers’ more revenue is to release the 855 numbers. We hope the FCC heeds this advice.

Securing a Toll Free Using Fiber Optics

With a limited number of toll free possibilities, the finite numerical supply is nearly expended. Companies like AT&T and Verizon can quickly secure a number for any subscriber, then offer low rates, a variety of services and reliable fiber optic connections. There are also other providers that offer specialty toll free service at a lower cost – do your research as many do not use fiber optics, therefore diminishing call quality. Get more information here.

Rationing Toll Frees Defeated

Rumors that a rationing program for the few remaining 800 numbers was imminent circulated through the telecommunications industry earlier this month. Supplies of 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers are so depleted that availability is at an all-time low. But some say rationing the numbers, as the federal government did in 1995, is not the answer and could have a negative impact on the business community. Read more here.

New Domains!

.TEL Domain Names
November 28, 2008 · Leave a Comment

The latest top level domain extension – .tel – opens for business today with a new twist on the DNS.

Rather than merely act as a memorable address for a website, a .tel domain is designed to serve as a repository for contact data. By listing phone numbers, websites, Google keywords, physical addresses and email addresses in their .tel entry, the registry’s operators have it, companies and individuals can make themselves much easier to get hold of.

Read the rest here.

Become A Toll Free Provider

The application process consists of three main steps:

1. Fill out and submit the 10 page Service Establishment Form.
2. Send your deposit to the SMS800 Help Desk. (about $4000)
3. Study for and pass the certification test

You can begin the application process by clicking here.

Toll Free Bailout

Talks on capitial hill today turned to the forecast that the United States’ Biggest 3 telecommunications companies (AT&T, VERIZON, and SPRINT) may be requesting an economic bailout as early as December 15th 2010. Read up on the bailout here.

Toll Frees In High Demand

Industry insiders say the soaring popularity of toll free service combined with the failure of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release additional numbers have created a tight supply of 800 numbers in heavy demand. Read more here.