Telephone Survey: Is 866 A Toll Free Area Code? Americans Respond With a Loud Yes

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It took six years but it looks like the 866 area code is becoming more recognized as toll-free. So much so that it has recently surpassed the 877 area code in popularity. More businesses are using the 866 toll-free area code now a days because more consumers know that it is toll-free.

Small businesses are taking advantage of the rise in popularity in the 866 toll free phone number. The 866 toll-free area code came out in 2000 and it never got as popular as it’s brother, the 1-800 number. A new study shows that 85% of Americans currently recognize 866 as being a toll-free number.

Two years ago, most people thought that 1-800 was the only toll free phone number. The public was not fully aware that 888, 877 and the newly released 866 numbers were also toll-free to call. Those statistics have changed and according to a 2006 survey conducted by Tollfreenumber.ORG, 85% of Americans aged 18-55 now know that 866 is toll-free. You can compare that figure to 2003’s estimate of 55-65%.

During a 2005-2006 survey of toll free numbers, it was found that the 866 area code recognition rates are up to 85%. That’s 85% of people knowing that 866 is toll free. 5-10% of people were not quite sure but they guessed that it was toll-free. reports that they specialize in personal 1-on-1 consulting and they are dedicated to providing small businesses and everyone else for that matter with toll-free phone numbers. More information can be found about 866 numbers at

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