Toll Free Numbers: What You Need to Know
by Grasshopper Team — Posted in Local and Free Issues on Jan 27, 2011
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Updated July 24, 2019
No matter what market your business is in, every legitimate business needs a way for their customers to contact them. Cuando comienza de a poco, a menudo puede salirse con la suya usando la línea de su local pharmacy, pero a medida que se expande, agrega departamentos y amenta su base de clients, es possible que el teléfono de la reception no sea suficiente para manejar its needs.
That’s when it makes sense to get a toll-free number and start getting phone calls like the big guys in the industry. The following free number guide explains how to get an attractive personalized number at a reasonable price.
What is a green number?
A toll-free number is a phone number that begins with a toll-free code (800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833) and allows the caller to call the number for free. The person or business that owns the number is billed for inbound and outbound activity, so anyone can call a toll-free number from a landline without incurring any charges.
How exactly does a freephone number work?
The idea behind a toll-free number is that anyone calling the business has in all likelihood spent money with it before or is looking for information to possibly place a new order. Not charging for the phone call is a way of saying “thank you for your business”.
Is there a difference between 800, 888, 877, 866, 844, 855 and 833? Is the 877 free?
Toll-free numbers come in seven different formats: 1-800, 1-888, 1-877, 1-866, 1-855, 1-844, and the newest, 1-833. These formats are no different from each other except in appearance, and none of them cost more than the others to acquire or operate. A company makes a proper comparison between phone number formats and website domain names. “…800 is basically .com, 888 is .net and 866 and 877 are like .info, .biz or country codes,” they explain. “Technically, they all work the same way.”
It’s a great way to think about toll-free numbers when deciding which one will meet your business needs. Some incredibly successful companies have built entire brands around a 1-800 phone number, like 1-800-FLOWERS and 1-800-CONTACTS. Ultimately, you need to decide how central your new toll-free phone number will be to your business, how well it will serve your customers, and how important it will be to your branding efforts.
What is a vanity number?
Personalized phone numbers that contain your business name or catchy words to describe your services are called personalized numbers. These are usually harder to find, but infinitely more valuable to your business because your customers easily remember them without having to search for you.
Some people have the misconception that better vanity numbers cost more, but that’s not true. Much like finding a good “.com” domain name for your business, registering a strong toll-free number comes down to a little research and a bit of luck. With the recent release of 833 numbers, more personalized numbers are now available.
To choose your personalized number, think about the words that best describe your business and that your customers will remember (see our tips for choosing a personalized number). To find a number, simply enter your keyword using our free personalized search tool.
What do you get, what do you need?
Once you have a toll-free number, the hope is to reduce the time it takes to serve a customer so you don’t rack up an exorbitant phone bill. Companies often set up automated telephone systems to assess the reason for the customer’s call and route them to the appropriate department. These systems are called Private Branch Exchange (or PBX) systems.
Unfortunately, toll-free numbers themselves don’t come with PBX systems, desk phones, or any other accessories needed to get the most out of your new number. To decide what to buy in addition to your new number, you need to do a full assessment of your business and decide exactly which departments your number will be routed to and how many phones should be present in each. For small businesses, this can be expensive, which is why many businesses use a virtual phone system.
How can I call a toll-free number?
Toll-free numbers are called the same way as any other number. Just be sure to dial “1” followed by the correct free prefix (800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877 or 888). Free call prefixes are not interchangeable. In other words, dialing 1 (800) 123-4567 does not route your call to the same location as 1 (800) 123-4567. Free calls are paid for by the owner of the number. You may be charged for a free call from your mobile phone, unless you have unlimited minutes on your plan.
How do international toll-free numbers work?
Toll-free numbers are free because the business owner pays for the cost of the call. Since international calls are quite expensive, many toll-free number owners block access to international callers. These companies will provide you with a local number to call. In cases where international calls are not blocked, you, the caller, will pay for the call.
The exception to the above are international toll-free numbers. These are toll-free numbers with an additional country code and can be dialed free of charge from countries that have adopted the free-calling system. For example, to dial an international number from the United States, you would dial 011 800 xxx-xxxx.
How can I get a toll free number?
To get a toll free number, you simply have to choose a provider, select your toll free number, purchase it and have it ported to your existing local number. Grasshopper makes it simple to get a toll free or vanity toll free number and you can even try one for free for 7 days! Visit our number selector and get started with one for free.
What is toll free number hoarding?
According to the FCC, hoarding (also known as ‘warehousing’), is an illegal activity in which a business or service provider will snatch up large blocks of toll free numbers with the intention of reselling them at a premium in the future. The FCC regulates this activity by checking to make sure there are actual subscribers for whom the toll free numbers are being reserved. In fact, the FCC even reports that it is illegal for any subscriber to sell their toll free number for a fee. This law is intended to regulate the marketplace and ensure that all of the best vanity numbers do not become incredibly expensive to reserve.
Other posts on toll free numbers
Picking the Perfect Vanity Number Why Your Business Should Have an 800 Number 10 Facts About 800 Numbers
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- How to call India from USA
- Cheapest way to call India from USA
- The cheapest rates for international calls
- Best way to call India from USA
- How to call a toll-free number in India from the United States
- List of Indian area codes
Here’s how to call India from the United States.
- First dial the US exit code 011
- Then dial India’s country code 91
- Then dial the area code (2 to 4 digits) if you are calling a landline. If you are calling a mobile phone, you can skip this step
- Dial your local phone number
- press the call button
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How to call a toll-free number in India from the United States
- First dial the US exit code 011
- Then dial the Indian country code 91
- Then dial the 3-digit toll-free number. Normally it’s 800
- Finally, dial the rest of the phone number to connect
List of Indian country codes
The Indian country code is 91. You can find a list of Indian area codes here.