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The Top 10 Facts You Should Know about Toll-Free DIDs

Posted by Cody M. Ferenchak on August 9, 2016 at 11:11 AM
Cody M. Ferenchak

As you may or may not be aware, we’re back with our Toll-Free 25¢ DIDs Promotion!
2laptop.pngThat’s right, any new DID purchased from VoIP Innovations from now to the end of September will only cost you 25¢ and there are No Porting and No Activation fees! This deal is available to both new and existing customers. 

With this offering we feel that it is only necessary to educate those of you interested in this promotion about “Toll-Free” numbers.

Join us as we uncover the Top 10 Facts You Should Know about Toll-Free DIDs. The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll be purchasing and enjoying your 25¢ Toll-Free DIDs.

1. Toll-Free numbers cannot be used as a numerical Caller ID (without using the RPID field and a valid local number).

  • Because Toll-Free numbers are routed to Resporgs in lieu of an LEC they do not have a geographical location that they can be associated with.


2. Toll-Free numbers cannot maintain CNAM Storage.

  • Toll-Free numbers were originally designed to be used as numbers to be called  not called from. Because of this they cannot be used with outbound Caller ID Names.

3. Toll-Free numbers are not bound to a geographical location.

  • Because Toll-Free numbers do not have Local Routing Numbers they could only be used via the RPID ID field for numerical Caller IDs. Using this without these changes provides little-to-no routing information for your provider.


4. Due to facts one and three, 911 calls with Toll-Free numbers are difficult at best. Even with the suggested changes.

  • 911 relies on the locale of the source number to route the calls to the appropriate emergency provider. Using a Toll-Free number would be ill-advised. With the RPID changes this can still be problematic as they would still be seeing that Toll-Free number.


5. Toll-Free numbers are managed using a system called SMS/800.

  • Unlike local numbers Toll-Free numbers do not use NANPA and instead use SMS/800 to manage the inventory and acquisition of these.


6. Toll-Free numbers were not portable until 1981.

  • Toll-Free numbers were initially assigned to specific providers and as such could not be moved. This changed when the system was reworked in 1981 to SMS/800.


7. Prior to the current system Toll-Free numbers used a system called the Zenith number.

  • Zenith Numbers were the precursor to Toll-Free service and were routed by reaching an operator and providing a specific Zenith to this operator.


8. While Toll-Free numbers use the 8XX scheme for numbering, 811 is used strictly for 3 digit dialing in the United States.

  • 811 is used in the US specifically to help locate wires and pipes prior to digging. Because of this the NPA 811 is not used with Toll-Free.


9. While Toll-Free numbers are generally Toll-Free, there is the potential to be billed for these calls if using a mobile/cell number.

  • Because some providers charge by usage instead of by number called it is possible to be billed for Toll-Free calls.


10. The Precursor to the modern automated Toll-Free system was developed in 1966 by AT&T.

  • This is when the first automated Toll-Free service was released. Prior to this you had to work with an operator.

Now that you have all the details it's time to make your move. You're in luck because VoIP Innovations is now offering 25¢ Toll-Free DIDs now until September 30. Better yet, this offer comes with No Porting and No Activation fees!

If you’re a new customer and want to take advantage of this deal, sign up for a Free Trial of our BackOffice and take a look at our warehouse of over 500,000 DIDs.


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**Please note that while this deal is valid for new and existing customers, only new Toll-Free DIDs will be eligible for the 25¢ promotion. This does not apply to new numbers starting with 800.

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