Bill Quimby wrote the book on toll free numbers and founded TollFreeNumbers.com in 1995. He has been one of the nation's leading experts in the toll free and vanity number industry for 2 decades and helped more people get vanity numbers than anyone else in the country. He's been helping customers find the best available toll free numbers longer than most large phone companies have been around.
The real difference between us at 1-800 MARKETER and the other big companies in this, is that we focus on just this one thing, and do a better job at it while they have to be everything to everyone, like a big warehouse superstore.
You can buy meat at a huge company like Walmart, but you won't be able to talk to the owner or even anyone that specializes in it,because nobody there specializes in this.Think of us like a butcher shop, specializing in this niche with more options, more experience and more help! At a big phone company you're just a number and toll free is an afterthought. Vanity numbers are an afterthought of an afterthought to them. On the other hand we know all of that because this is what we have specialized in and done better than anyone else for over 20 years!
They're really selling you the SERVICE.
The other big difference between us and literally everyone else in the toll free business is that everyone else is trying to "SELL" you the service. They're NOT getting you the number with no strings like we are. You can tell this by asking them the price. If they give you a price per minute and/or per month they're SELLING you the service and no matter what they say they have a financial incentive to keep you there paying for service and helping you transfer it away to the service YOU want. Another clue is that there are strings is if they say the toll free number is FREE. That means they're giving you the number as part of their service and they may end up requiring you to keep the service if you want the number, that's in all your advertising and your customers are used to calling.
Some are even worse claiming they're "RENTING" you the number or some variation of that. Anyone that rents or leases numbers is claiming the ownership rights as the end user AND trying to sell you the ongoing service too. Not to mention that you don't own the number and the more you advertise it the more at their mercy you'll become!
Even if they also charge you a fee to set up the number, there are "strings" or fine print that may not be obvious and is never explained to you, but once the number is in all your advertising those strings can suddenly turn into chains! That's why you want to get your number independently and transfer it over to your service, so they can't say it was a component of their service and use it to hold you hostage.
Think of us as your 1-800 EXPERTS, your insurance policy against picking the wrong company and getting stuck with a phone company that claims, that the toll free number is part of the service they're providing but you can't take it with you without their service. Even after you've transferred the number away you have an expert to turn to as a backup with questions about toll free numbers.
Being small also means you can talk to a real person that knows what they're doing not some overseas call center that does a little of that among a lot of other things. You can call a real person at 1-800 MARKETER and actually talk to the owner and the people that actually do the work. Try doing that at ANY other phone company today.
See also the Top 10 reasons to use 1-800 MARKETER.