Get a Toll Free Telephone Number for Your Small Business

How to Get a Toll Free Telephone Number for Your Small Business


Toll Free Telephone Number

What is a Toll Free Telephone Number?

A toll free telephone number is a special phone number that is toll free for the caller and instead the phone company charges the called party for the cost of the phone call. A toll free telephone number does not use a local area code. It has an 800 number prefix such as 800, 888, 877, 866, or 855, giving the number a nationwide appeal. Toll free numbers remain popular among businesses large and small, not because callers can call them toll free, but because a toll free 1-800 number is portable. This means a business owns its phone number and can port it to another telephone carrier at any time. In the section below you can learn how to get 800 number service for your small business.

How to get a toll free telephone number?

  • Select a phone company that is an authorize RespOrg
  • Select a toll free number or vanity 800 number
  • Select a toll free service plan with the features you need

What is a Toll Free Telephone Number?

What is a RespOrg and how does it relate to toll free phone numbers?

In 1993 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) created authorized RespOrgs (or responsible organizations) in an effort to institute number portability regulations and procedures. RespOrgs have access to the SMS/800 national database of toll free numbers. SMS stands for service management system which controls routing on all toll free telephone numbers.

What is a vanity toll free telephone number?

A vanity toll free telephone number is a toll free 800 number that spells a word related to a company’s brand or industry (e.g., 1-800-RENT-A-CAR). These vanity 800 numbers are more memorable number that spells a word)

What types of toll free telephone number service plans are there?

Toll free phone number service plans come in monthly minute packages or per minute pay-per-use rates. Toll free service plans can include a wide range of features including virtual office phone system features, such as auto-attendant, call forwarding to multiple extensions, internet fax, and virtual voicemail services.



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