A Brief History of Toll Free Numbers

History of Toll Free Numbers


Toll Free Numbers and 800 Numbers

When you hear “toll free number” what do you think of? Do you think of an 877 or 888 number? More often than not, people think immediately of an 800 number.

Scott Richards briefly explains the history of toll-free numbers in the video above.

As Scott said, 800 numbers are the best way for a consumer to contact a business.  The 800 toll free number was created in 1967 and has been used to increase sales for businesses ever since.  Although 800 numbers ran out in 1993, there are still many creative options left for lease. The 800 number experts at Dial800 have worked with countless companies throughout the country helping them develop their telephone strategy and choosing the right 800 number.  In addition, there are different prefixes, such as 888, 877, 866, and 855 that provide almost limitless options for any business.

Dial800 has the industry’s largest bank of 800 numbers available for businesses, small and large, to help increase sales. We have over 50,000 800 numbers available and over 5 million toll free numbers when including other prefixes. 

We call our toll free Numbers “RapidRecall” numbers because they are easy to remember.  We focus our telephone strategy on repeating numbers and vanity numbers, so consumers can quickly recall your number and easily contact you. 

If you have any questions about 800 numbers or other toll free number options, please call us today at 1-800-700-1987 or send us an online inquiry.