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Sound more professional with 866 numbers

866 is the start of a toll free number, just like 800. A prefix of 866 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 866 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 866 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 866 numbers in stock.

What are the benefits of an 866 number?

  1. 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.
  2. Professionalism. These numbers make a business look polished, even if you’re running the show from a home office.
  3. Callers contact you for free. Callers won’t have to pay to talk to you. With an 866 number, they’ll reach you easily and affordably.
  4. A national number. Unlike a local area code, 866 is a national number. This is important if you’re catering to businesses all over the country.

Tips for choosing a number:

  1. Use your business name or an industry specific term! (Think 1-800-Flowers or 1-800-Contacts)
  2. Keep it simple. Avoid odd or unique spellings.
  3. Make it easy to remember. Try rhyming numbers or using the same digits in a row.

FAQ about 866 numbers

Is 866 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 866 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, 1-855 numbers, and 1-877 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 866 a toll free number prefix?" or "are 866 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 866 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.

Can I send and receive text messages with my 866 number?

You bet! Grasshopper now offers Business SMS on both toll free and local numbers.

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