It can be worrying to see a new area code come up on your caller ID. It could be from someone you know or a scam. If area code 800 comes up on your ID, know that this is one of the toll free area codes by the North American Numbering Plan.
History of area code 800
Area code 800 was originally put to service on January 1, 1966 and was the first toll free area code in the United States with the other being 833, 844, 855, 866, 877 and 888. In toll free numbers the one who is being called is charged instead of the caller and toll free numbers are not assigned any particular geographical area or timezone.
800 was assigned to the first automated toll free numbers created as WATS or Wide Area Telephone Service where they would accept calls from a calling area with no limit of calls or hours per month.
800 services used to be limited between the US and Canada until 1984 when carriers agrees to allow the numbers to be accessible in either countries. Advanced 800 Service which came about at the time were now available to Canadian customers and American customers as well.
Are calls from 800 toll free?
Calls from 800 are toll free in the United States and are commonly used by businesses seeking to provide customer service with no charge being placed on the caller even if it's a long distance call.
Text messages can even be sent to toll free numbers so as long as these are text enabled.
How to obtain your own 800 area code number?
In order to obtain your own 800 area code number you must go through the Federal Communications Commission or the FCC whom are responsible for assigning toll free numbers. Entities called "Responsible Organizations" are chosen by subscribers to reserve numbers on their behalf.
What makes 800 different from other toll free numbers?
Toll free numbers are not interchangeable meaning that dialling 1-800 followed by the number would yield a different result from dialling 1-844 with the same number largely because toll free numbers are routed to a certain local phone number.
Is 800 a scam?
Most or the users of 800 area code are business, recent technologies have made it easier to obtain your own customized number hence making it easier for scammers to call anyone up and trick people into thinking that a legitimate business is calling them.
If someone is claiming to be from a certain company using this area code, run a search for their company and see if the number they used to call you is the same as the one from the company. If there are discrepancies, do not entertain and block the number.
How do I block unwanted 800 calls?
To block unwantes 800 calls, for Android simply follow these steps
- Go to Recent Calls
- Click Details
- Click Block Number
For iPhone users:
- Click the encircled i
- Click more information
- Click Block this number
Is Area Code 800 Toll-Free?
Yes it is. It is toll-free for a customer to call an 800 area code number in a country within the North American Numbering Plan. This includes US, Canada and 22 other countries.
Toll-Free Area Codes
As well as the 800 area code, the other toll-free area codes are 833, 844, 855, 866, 877 and 888. They are toll-free within the USA, Canada and all countries utilising the North American Numbering Plan. They are commonly associated with customer service lines for companies, but can be used by other parties.
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