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877 Area Code. Location. Time zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

Richard Bagnell
Richard Bagnell

Seeing a new area code can pique our curiosity as to where this number is coming from. What exactly is an 877 number and from what location is it? Is it from nearby? Is it legitimate or is it a scam? Here is everything you need to know about an 877 number.

What is an 877 number and where is it coming from?

An 877 number is one of the toll free numbers assigned by the North American Numbering Plan or the NANP along with 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, and 888. These toll free numbers exist for business and customer service purposes with the charge being placed on the receiver of the call instead of the caller. Toll free numbers don’t have a particular geographical location though these area codes operate mostly in the United States, Canada and the Carribean.

How do I call up an 877 number?

Since all area codes have the same format, you might be inclined to believe that any area code matched with the same number would reach the same place, right? Not really. Area codes are actually routed to a certain location so dialling in 1-800 of this number would yield a totally different result from dialling in 1-877 of the same number. To avoid confusion, know and remember the number of the service of which you are calling.

How does one get an area code 877 number?

Getting your own toll free number is a good way to make your business more accessible. Toll free number places absolutely no charge on the callers and can reach long distance locations such as Canada and the Carribean, hence giving your business much more exposure.Area code 877 and other toll free numbers are regulated by the FCC or the Federal Communications Commission via their RespOrgs or Responsible Organizations. These numbers can be obtained via auction and through a first come first serve basis.

Can I send a text message to an 877 number?

This depends. If the business has placed “text enabled” to their number then you may send the toll free number a text message and communicate via text with the business.

What are vanity numbers?

You’ve probably encountered vanity numbers in the past, something similar to 1-877-FLOWERS where the main product or something related to the business is placed in place of the numbers. You can also have your toll free number customized in this format to give it a more creative twist and for better recall for your customers.

Is 877 a scam?

Toll free numbers are typically used by businesses as a means of being accessible and to have a form of communication with customers. These lines are for customers to reach the business for any concerns they might possibly have. Unfortunately though due to numbers being more conveniently customizable many have been taking advantage of this opportunity to scam others.

Confidence tricks such as pretending to be a bank to get people’s personal details are often the techniques of the said scammers. If this happens to you, hang up and block the number.

Is Area Code 877 Toll-Free?

Yes it is. It is toll-free for a customer to call an 877 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 877 area code, the other toll-free area codes are 800, 833, 844, 855, 866 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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