#s reserved for FCC or other countries

Some blocks of “800″ numbers were set aside by the FCC for specific countries or territories, mainly in the Caribbean or for some future use by the FCC.  There are 31 exchanges in the “800″ area code which are reserved (see full list) as well as 2 more exchanges (911 and 555) that are blocked in each of the other toll free area codes 888, 877, & 866. 

That makes a total of 37 exchanges of 10,000 numbers each or 370,000 out of the 32 million potential numbers or a total of 31,630,000 possible numbers.  (See 1/07 usage statistics for the actual amount of numbers available)

The bottom line is that this exchanges are simply not available. 

800-271-**** is reserved by the FCC for use in Trinidad
800-389-**** is reserved by the FCC for use in the Bahamas
800-912-**** is reserved by the FCC for RCC use.
800-415-**** is reserved by the FCC for use in the Domincan Republic
800-534-**** is reserved by the FCC for use in Barbados
800-623-**** is reserved by the FCC for use in Bermuda
800-703-**** is reserved by the FCC for future assignment
800-740-**** is reserved by the FCC for the Virgin Islands
800-744-**** is reserved by the FCC for future use
800-751-**** is reserved by the FCC for the Dominican Republic
800-904-**** is reserved by the FCC for future use
800-907-**** is reserved by the FCC for the Dominican Republic
800-855-**** is reserved by the FCC for the hearing impaired
800-623-**** is reserved by the FCC for Bermuda
800-484-**** is reserved by the FCC

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    Clay S. says:
    December 2, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Hi Bill – Great site and service! I’m curious… If I invest in a vanity number, will I be able to advertise internationally? In other words, would folks from around the world be able to call? Do you know if this is a special service from the carriers? My business may ship internationally one day. So this may be beneficial. Thanks!
    Clay

      Bill Quimby (666 comments.) says:
      December 2, 2007 at 10:43 am

      Clay,

      Toll free numbers as we use them are only accessible from within the North American Numbering Plan. That’s basically anywhere you can call the US without dialing a country code. The US, Canada and a few small territories, like Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, etc. The default service for US companies is usually just within the US unless you request additional areas.

      There are access codes that callers can use in some countries that will allow them to pay for the cost to get the call to the US and then the toll free service gets it to you. There are also toll free numbers available in many other countries, but you would need to set them up on a country by country basis. Toll free numbers aren’t as widely used in most other countries as they are here in the US although some countries like Australia are definitely making progress.

      There are also some companies that specialize in international service with a network of toll free numbers already in place in most countries but the bottom line is that there is no simple solution for worldwide toll free service. The flip side of that is that people don’t expect that the same way they expect to see them as much outside of the US. For some more information about toll free options take a look at a friends page: http://tfn.international-phone-numbers.net/

      Bill

        Juan Gomez says:
        January 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm

        IM IN MIAMI AND WOULD SET UP A ACCOUNT IN BERMUDA IF I HAD TO ANYTHING TO MATCH MY local number 305-623-xxxx.

        THIS IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT THATS AVAILABLE AND ITS 800 WHATEVER IT WOULD TAKE PLEASE HELP IVE TRIED FOR 2 YEARS TO GET IT.

        JUAN

          Bill Quimby (666 comments.) says:
          January 11, 2008 at 11:04 pm

          Juan,

          I can’t say that it’s impossible because I just don’t know. I don’t know of anyone that has done that, or that could help you or even how to try it. I’m sorry. I would focus more on the other area codes. I think you have a higher probability of getting one of those.

          Or you get a second local number with a different exchange. But find one that’s also available as a toll free number first. You wouldn’t have to give up your office number, just add the new one and start putting that on all future advertising. You wouldn’t need to get rid of the old number ever really. You probably need more than one phone line for your office anyway.

          .Bill Quimby.

            Juan Gomez says:
            January 12, 2008 at 10:42 pm

            i need 1 of the 4 toll free numbers 623.6662 can you get me a quote on how much i called 888-877 and they never called me back but the ideal would be 800
            theres gt to be a way its been disconnected for years ill call the fcc on monday

              Bill Quimby (666 comments.) says:
              January 13, 2008 at 12:45 am

              No, there doesn’t got to be a way. That’s like saying that because a domain isn’t bringing up a website when I type it into my browser, theres got to be away for me to get it. That isn’t necessarily true (or very likely).

              You were asking if you could do something before and I didn’t mean to give you any false hope by saying I couldn’t say it was impossible. As far as me being able to do something for it, that’s much easier to answer. NO, I certainly can’t help you with the one in Bermuda or the other active numbers. That would be like joining Match.com and insisting that they hook you up with this beautiful girl that you met and isn’t a member. You’re saying, “But you’re a match making service, can’t you match me up with her?? Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Sorry!

              We can help you find good girls that match up with some of your criteria, but we can’t go get you that one girl you picked out who isn’t available, no matter how much you “need? her or one of her sisters. And calling the FCC isn’t gonna do you any good unless it makes you feel better to vent about how unfair it is that you can’t get what you want .

                Dale Winton Bigelow says:
                March 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm

                Hi Bill

                It’s been eons. I’m still with airspring.

                Is there an Airspring deal over in Europe for a toll..fr..ee number

                I figured if anyone would know it would be YOU.

                Sincerely
                Dale

                  Bill Quimby (666 comments.) says:
                  March 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

                  Hi Dale,

                  Our toll free numbers are only accessible from within the North American numbering plan, (basically within North America). There’s really no good solutions for international toll free numbers. You can set up UIFN numbers but they are expensive, difficult and not used very much and have to be set up country by country.

                  .Bill Quimby.

                    Moe says:
                    November 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm

                    Does the FCC ever intend to release the blocks of pre-fixes you reference in your article above ? Is there a reason those numbers are being saved ? Is there a big enough check anybody can write to get the FCC to release one of those numbers. Thanks in advance. Moe

                      Bill Quimby (666 comments.) says:
                      November 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm

                      Hi Moe,

                      This needed to be updated. The FCC did release many of the numbers in the blocks held for RCC. They still have many numbers used for RCC, but the numbers not used by RCC numbers were released.

                      These blocks aren’t held any more, just some of the numbers that are being used as RCC numbers. They were in the list above but I’ve removed them.

                      800-202-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-212-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-302-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-312-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-402-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-412-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-502-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-512-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-602-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-612-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-702-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-712-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-802-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-812-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-902-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC
                      800-912-**** is reserved for RCC use by the FCC

                      Bill Quimby

                        Moe says:
                        November 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

                        Hi Bill -

                        Thanks for the update. Can you explain what an “RCC” number is ? I am not familair with that acronymn. I was looking for a number with prefix
                        800-534-**** but I guess that prefix still hasn’t been released.

                        Thanks

                        Moe

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