12 Facts About 800 number


Toll-free telephone number or freephone number is a telephone number that is billed for all arriving calls.

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Examples of operator-assisted toll-free calling include the Zenith 800 number introduced in the 1950s in the US and Canada, as well as the original manual 'Freephone' service introduced by the British Post Office in 1960.

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Zenith 800 number was typically available from a predefined area, anything from a few nearby cities to a province or state, and was listed in local directories in each community from which the subscriber was willing to accept the charges for inbound calls.

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Early InWATS 800 number calling lacked the complex routing features offered with modern toll-free service.

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Until this time, 800 number Service was only available to major Fortune 500 companies.

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An easily remembered 800 number is valued as a branding and direct response tool in business advertising.

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In toll-free telephony, a shared-use 800 number is a vanity 800 number, which is rented to multiple local companies in the same line of business in different cities.

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The 800 number belongs to a company in Van Nuys, California, but is redirected to local cab companies on a city-by-city basis and promoted by being printed on everything from individual taxi cab hub caps to campaigns against drunk driving.

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Direct inward dialing and toll-free 800 number portability are supported; various providers offer gateways which receive free phone calls on PRI lines and deliver them to voice over IP or pager users.

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The intention is that any customer in the world can dial the same 800 number to reach a business subscribing to a 800 number, and at no charge to the calling party.

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Registration of a +800 number incurs a 300 Swiss franc ITU fee in addition to any charges levied by the individual carrier.

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The 800 number must be activated for inbound calls from at least two telephone country codes within 180 days.

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