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Sound more professional with 855 numbers
855 is the start of a toll free number, just like 800. A prefix of 855 represents calls that are paid for by the recipient, rather than the caller. When people think of toll free calling, they usually think of 800 numbers, but there are many other options that function in the same way.
Why choose an 855 prefix?
Toll free numbers are so popular that the telecommunications industry had to reach beyond 800 numbers. In order to provide the nation’s businesses with more options, they added 888, 877, 866, and 855. All of these numbers allow a user to call free of charge, putting the price of the call on the business rather than the customer.
Worried that an 855 number doesn’t seem toll free? Don’t worry- today, all of these numbers are widely known and accepted as true 800 number alternatives.
Grasshopper carries all of the options, as well as local numbers. We have tons of 855 numbers in stock.
What are the benefits of an 855 number?
- You’ll always own it. Toll free numbers are owned by you. A carrier doesn’t own it, and it can be transferred to the telecomm services you like.
- Professionalism. These numbers make a business look polished, even if you’re running the show from a home office.
- Callers contact you for free. Callers won’t have to pay to talk to you. With an 855 number, they’ll reach you easily and affordably.
- A national number. Unlike a local area code, 855 is a national number. This is important if you’re catering to businesses all over the country.
Tips for choosing a number:
- Use your business name or an industry specific term! (Think 1-800-Flowers or 1-800-Contacts)
- Keep it simple. Avoid odd or unique spellings.
- Make it easy to remember. Try rhyming numbers or using the same digits in a row.
FAQ about 855 numbers
Is 855 Toll Free?
Are these numbers expensive?
Usually, people buy toll free numbers through a service like Grasshopper, and the cost depends on the service provider. More often than not, the cost of an 800 or 855 number covers the service provider, the plan you choose, the minutes you use, and the actual number. They should cost the same as 1-888 numbers, 1-866 numbers, 1-877 numbers, and now, 1-844 numbers.
Is there a difference between the 800, 888, 877, 866 and 855 prefixes?
No. Toll free numbers come in five formats, 1-800, 1-888, 1-877, 1-866, and the newest, 1-855 and they all work the same. However, the 1-800 prefix is the only "true" 800 number. We often times get the questions "Is 855 a toll free number prefix?" or "are 855 numbers really toll free?". Regardless of which prefix you chose, they all work the same and offer you the same benefits.
Are there any differences between 855 and other toll free numbers?
No matter which code you choose, all of the prefixes work the same and give the same benefits. Because “true” 800 numbers are so in demand, they often cost more to buy up front.
What are some additional features that Grasshopper offers?
We provide all the same features and functionality that a proper business phone system would provide. You can get 800 numbers, toll free numbers, vanity numbers, or even local phone numbers through us. Since Grasshopper is a cloud based phone system, there’s no hardware or wires to worry about.
What 800 number prefixes does Grasshopper offer?
Will Grasshopper help me with any other areas of my business?
While we do not directly provide other business services, we do publish content regularly designed to help small business owners start and operate their businesses more efficiently. We have created a guide called JUMP which will help walk entrepreneurs through starting and growing their business. We also have a guide specifically for growing a local business as well! We cover other topics such as business equity more in depth as well. Grasshopper also compares various business tools and products, such as comparing online payment solutions for businesses such as PayPal and Amazon.
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