These appear in Australia (13) and North America (1-800- and its overlays); in the U.S., the Resp Org infrastructure is used to direct calls for the same number to different vendors based on the area code of the calling number.A toll-free telephone number or freephone number is a telephone number that is billed for all arriving calls instead of incurring charges to the originating telephone subscriber.For the calling party, a call to a toll-free number from a landline is free of charge.Prior to the development of automated toll-free service many telephone companies provided a manual version of caller free service. S., the caller would ask for a number like "Zenith 1-2345" (some areas used "Enterprise" or "WX" instead of "Zenith", but in the same pattern of a free service name and a five-digit number).Examples of operator-assisted toll-free calling include the Zenith number introduced in the 1950s in the U. and Canada, as well as the original manual 'Freephone' service introduced by the British Post Office in 1960. The calling party would ring the operator (now '100' in the UK, '0' in Canada/U. In the UK, the caller would ask the operator to ring "Freephone" and a name or number (such as "Freephone Crimebusters" to pass on tips about a crime to the constabulary).In either case, the operator would look up the corresponding geographic number from a list and place the call with charges reversed.
The number belongs to a company in Van Nuys, California, One former Mercedes dealer obtained 1-800-MERCEDES, charging other dealers to receive calls to that number from their local areas.
Until this time, 800 Service was only available to major Fortune 500 companies.
In the United Kingdom, BT introduced "Linkline" on 12 November 1985.
An easily remembered number is valued as a branding and direct response tool in business advertising.
In the United States, Federal Communications Commission regulations mandate that numbers be allocated on a first come, first served basis; this gives vanity number operators who register as Resp Orgs a strong advantage in obtaining the most valuable phonewords, as they have first access to newly disconnected numbers and to newly introduced toll-free area codes.