It can be worrying to see a new area code show up on your phone. Is it an important call that you need to answer? Or is it an area code more commonly associated with scammers? The 844 code is a unique one, it came into service in December 2013. Here are some commonly asked questions about 844 numbers...
Are calls from 844 area code a scam?
While there are a large number of 844 numbers used by customer service teams, scammers also use them. They know that a lot of people will legitimately think they are being called by a customer service team. They use this trust to claim they are from a wide range companies; law practices, banks retail stores and tech support teams.
Look up the company on the internet to check that the company they are claim to work actually use the number they are calling on. If you don't find the number on their official website, hang up and block the number.
Where does the 844 area code come from?
The 844 area code is used across North America so it does not allow us to see where the call is coming from.
There is no specific area that uses 844, it can be used from any location in the country. So knowing it is an 844 number will not give you much insight as to where the person is calling from or the location of the person you are about to call is. The call could be coming from New York, LA, Chicago, Houston or anywhere in between!
Area code 844 operates in countries in the North American Numbering Plan, including the following 25 North American countries, USA, Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bemuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guam, Jamaica, Monserrat, North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.
Are calls from 844 numbers toll free?
All calls starting with 844 are normally toll-free in the USA. They are commonly used by companies and businesses who want to provide you a customer service line free of charge. It allows clients and consumers who are outside the local the opportunity to call the business without being charged an out-of-state fee for the call. Wireless callers may be charged (can still be free on some unlimited plans). Charges for 844 numbers are generally incurred by the company who operates the line.
844 Area Code Map
Can I send a text message to an 844 number?
You can send text messages to 844 numbers if it is registered as a "text enabled" number. Toll-free text messaging can be utilised to send out bulk texts, so make sure you know many other people may have received the same message even if it sounds personalized. Companies can also send individual text messages from 844 numbers so they allow one-on-one text messages too. Standard text message rates may apply when sending messages to a toll-free number.
What is the difference between 844 and other toll-free numbers?
As of writing there are 7 toll free numbers in United States, 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877, 888. Most of them are for the whole of North America however, a few are reserved for specific regions;
- 800-389 - Bahamas
- 800-534 - Barbados
- 800-623 - Bermuda
- 800-415 - Dominican Republic
- 800-751 - Dominican Republic
- 800-907 - Dominican Republic
- 800-271 - Trinidad
- 800-855 is for deaf or hearing impaired.
How do I block unwanted 844 calls?
If you keep getting calls from scammers using 844 numbers you can block them. Here's how:
Go to your recent calls and tap the "i" with a circle around it to pull up more information. Scroll to the bottom and click "block this caller"
The process is similar for Android users, go to your recent calls and click "details" and click "block number"
How can I get an 844 number?
To obtain an 844 number you will most likely have to go through the Federal Communications Comission (FCC). Often companies who seek to obtain a toll free number do so through a "Responsible Organization" who will claim a number and manage the records for them. This takes the hassle of maintaining the documents necessary to obtain and maintain an 844 number out of the equation.
Toll-Free Area Codes
As well as the 844 area code, the other toll-free area codes are 800, 833, 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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