There has been a lot of discussion about concerns that the supply of available 1-800 numbers is nearly exhausted. Indeed, there have not been any new toll free numbers introduced in the past eight years. And it is estimated that each day more than 8,000 numbers are assigned to a new toll free subscriber.
With demand high, supplies low, and the new toll free phone numbers remaining in reserve, telecommunications leaders are worried that this will create a real economic problem for United States businesses-especially for new companies.
Toll free numbers enable callers to reach businesses, organizations, and non-profits without having to pay for the call. This marketing tool has been so successful that the available 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers are decreasing while demand is growing at unprecedented rates. In fact, Tollfreenumber.ORG, one of the leading toll free service providers, reports that 2007 was one of the busiest years ever for new toll free service. And so far in 2008, the valuable 1-800 numbers are even more in demand.
The popularity of the 1-800 number, launched in 1967, led the Federal Communications Commission to add the new pre-fixes 888 and 877 in the mid-1990s. When availability of those numbers plummeted, 866 was added in 2000 to overcome the shortage.
It appears there are no immediate plans by the FCC to release the reserved 855, 844, 833, and 822 pre-fixes. Still, the government agency acknowledges on its website how toll free phone service has increased drastically in recent years. According to the FCC website, toll free numbers are becoming increasingly popular for business and personal use.
The best way to obtain a toll free number before the supply runs dry is to contact a reliable toll free service provider that has access to a large pool of available numbers. Tollfreenumber.ORG can assist subscribers in finding a quality toll free number at a very low cost. Tollfreenumber.ORG can get their clients the newly released phone numbers as soon as they become available.