Frank Lauria, VP of Sales and Marketing, and Matt Noreen, Sales and Customer Support have returned from exhibiting at the Fall 2010 Comptel and Channel Partners show. Back to back trade shows two weeks in a row made for a whirlwind schedule! We are very happy to have had the chance to meet with many of our customers and clients, and we are also excited for the opportunity to work with some new companies and clients we talked with in both Dallas and DC.
855 Toll Free Number Availability
855 toll free numbers will be made available to the public in late 2010. The tentative date for release is 10/01/10.
The existing toll free number pool of NPA’s 800, 866, 877, and 888 are nearly exhausted (per SMS/800). The current estimate for the exhaust date is 12/25/10.
Various techniques for the 855 release are still being reviewed and must be approved by the FCC. Techniques being discussed include percentage allocation of 855 numbers per RespOrg (based on the amount of active toll free numbers on the RespOrg), staggered openings (with limited 855 exchanges being opened per week), etc. We are actively participating in these industry discussions to make sure that we are fully prepared for the 855 release.
csf Corporation Can Help You Get 855 Toll Free Numbers
We have been in business for over 20 years, and we are the leading provider of SMS/800 interface products to the telecommunications industry. We help telecommunications carriers, CLECs, cable companies, and RespOrg’s large and small to acquire and manage toll free numbers. We also have helped hundreds of end users acquire toll free numbers with our 800forall.com site. Large or small – we ethically and fairly level the playing field to help our clients acquire the toll free numbers they need.
We are currently enhancing our 8MS and 800forall.com software product in anticipation of the 855 code opening. We are also expanding our industry leading 8MS software suite to help our clients acquire new 855 numbers. This proven technology was used 10 years ago during the 866 code opening – working with us offers you the best chance to acquire 855 toll free numbers.
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If you are interested in acquiring 855 toll free numbers, simply call us today at 732-356-6999 or fill out the Contact form that can be found on the top menu of this page. We will work with you to help you understand the 855 release process, and keep you up to date on the latest FCC developments.
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The following proposal is being sent to the FCC by the industry. It is not in place yet, but the recommendation will probably be accepted by the FCC soon.
“ATIS SNAC urges the Commission to instead limit toll free reservations by any one Resp Org to one-half of one percent (0.5%) of that Resp Org’s numbers in Working Status for the previous week, or 500 numbers, whichever is greater. This Toll Free Number Conservation Plan should remain in place until the release of the 855 SAC.”
We don’t have any more information than this at this time. More to come!
This is a tricky question. Everybody knows who owns 1-800-Flowers. But what if a company wants to acquire a specific toll free number that is not currently in the SMS/800 spare pool? How can they find the current owner to start a possible conversation?
The first option is research. Start with Google or another search engine, and see if you can find the company via their advertising. Sometimes you can find the number because it is listed with a directory listing service. Another way to go is call the number directly and see what you can find.
Active toll free numbers are stored in SMS/800 and associated with a RespOrg. One way to see the current RespOrg for a specific toll number is to visit our http://800forall.com site. As part of 800forall we have provided a free service called “Who Owns This Number”. Enter the number at the top of the screen, hit the “Who Owns This Number” button, and we will return the RespOrg and contact number for the RespOrg.
Today our help desk started getting calls about SMS/800 updates that were showing as stuck in the Sending state.
We did a little research and checked with the SMS/800 help desk. The Canadian Service Control Point, BX01 has a small queue going.
Records in 8MS may show up with the green SCP status icon next to them -like this – in the Activity Log or CAD Management.
Clicking the SCP status icon call tell you which SCP(s) are not responding yet.
Did you know that every week SMS/800 releases a Number Administration Summary Report, reporting on used and unused toll free numbers? For the week ending Saturday, April 17, 2010, they show a total of 4,180,559 numbers remaining in the spare pool. The quantity of numbers in use increased by 6,925.
They also perform an analysis to attempt to predict an exhaust date. In detail they have reported:
Occasionally a record will get stuck in the Sending state if one or more SCPs fails to load the record. Usually an unsolicited message will be sent from SMS within 1-2 hours indicating this. A list of SCPs that have failed to load the record is provided with this unsolicited message; this list can be seen via the Activity Log screen in the detail (bottom) frame.
A problem like this is normally beyond the control of 8MS. You should call the SMS Help Desk to report this and SMS support will investigate the problem.