About 844 Numbers….

Since we mentioned the 844 area code toll free phone numbers two days ago in this blog, we have been receiving inquiries about this coveted pool of unused toll free phone numbers, currently held by the FCC for future use. As of this time, we do not know exactly when they will be released to the public for use, however we expect it will be within the next year or so. What we do know, given the growing demand for toll free numbers, is that is will likely be as a big a success as the new 855 area code numbers.

Federal and State Safety Numbers Established

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 attacks just days away, individual states are establishing toll free telephone numbers as part of the federal If you See Something, Say Something Campaign to thwart terrorist attacks. This program is aimed at advising residents of every community nationwide to report any unusual activity–even if it seems harmless. A bag left on a busy subway or in a public rest room or a car/van/truck parked in a public for long periods with nobody attending to it are just of the activities that should be reported. To learn your state’s toll free telephone numbers as part of If you See Something. Say Something call your local representative.

1-800 Number to Pay for Parking

As of this week, some motorists will have an easier time parking with the help of a 1-800 telephone number!

Drivers in Washington D.C. can now use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the District’s approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces.  Motorists use an app or a toll-free phone call to pay to park. There is a small fee for each transaction, which covers the credit card processing and other program costs. Parking enforcement officers will get the information on the payments in real time on their handheld devices. Amazing how we use toll free numbers these days, isn’t it?

Merge with 1-800 Phone Numbers

We heard an interesting business management discussion recently and the consensus may be helpful to companies of all sizes that are considering merging with another business. The central topic of the discussion was the 1-800 number, If each of two companies planning to merge have an existing 1-800 phone number, then whose number do they use? The advice was useful–keep both existing numbers and establish a new one that reflects the newly merged company, Then, over a period of time, slowly phase the old individual numbers out. This leads to less confusion for the consumer and a potential loss of business. It also helps to solidify a new image, brand, and marketing tool for the new merged company.

The 855 Numbers Looming Large

The 855 toll free telephone numbers are a major commodity and are being used by hundreds of thousands of business owners, professionals, government agencies, utility companies and more. We have no official word yet on the timeline for the release of the next batch of toll free number area codes–the 844 numbers–but we expect this to be within the next year or so. In the meantime, there are plenty of custom 855 numbers left in play.

New Toll Free number for Active Military Personnel

The Red Cross has instituted a new 1-800 number that will make it easier for people to reach their loved ones in active military service. Starting Monday, June 13 members of the military and their families can utilize the toll free telephone number 1-877-272-7337  to send a message to service personnel in an emergency. Currently, dialing this toll free number only works for families living at military installations. But thanks to the Red Cross, this changes on Monday.

844 Area Code Series

On the heels of the success of the 855 toll free telephone numbers, we are fielding a great many questions about the next series of toll-the 844 numbers. We are  awaiting word on the release of the 844 area code series. We re confident that since the 855 numbers have been so successful, there is no doubt that the 844 numbers will will coming along within the next year or so.

How Often Do You Use Toll Free?

How often do you use a toll free telephone number? Studies indicate that most people use them very frequently-several times per month on average. Those who travel regularly for business or pleasure use them all the time. Toll free is a common form of communication and continues to grow–the fast-track popularity of the newest toll free phone numbers–the 855–prove that toll free continues to increase in use every year.

Gathering Marketing Data Using Toll Free

Gathering marketing information is essential for retail and service businesses. Supreme Court decisions have recently curbed just how much a business owner or clerk can ask customers about their personal information, even their zip code. But some companies are using 1-800 phone numbers in effective ways to gather data. Customers sometimes now get a receipt with a 1-800 telephone number on it for a survey that includes a random winner of a shopping spree to that store or a free service. The company gains the necessary information and the customer gets a chance to win a valuable prize.

855 Nationally Advertised.

We saw two nationally televised 855 toll free telephone numbers this weekend. 855 is gaining steam and becoming widely recognized as a toll free phone number. In the six months since the 855 numbers were released they have soared to success.