Are you seeing 855 area code numbers popping up in your caller ID? They might not be what you think they are, and they can sometimes have special meaning behind them. So, where do these numbers come from? Are they local, or do they span the country? What’s the difference between an 855 number and one that starts with 800 or another common area code? Why do some 855 numbers have special meanings behind them? Let’s find out.
855 Area Code
Area code 855 is one of the toll free numbers by the Federal Communications Commission or FCC that are available for use within the United States and Canada as per the North America Numbering Plan or NANP in which no part of the called number has a plus sign or is a long distance call; most often it is used in conjunction with toll-free 800, 888 and 877 prefixes. Its service area overlaps that of 203 and 973. It first was assigned to Connecticut but now covers parts of New York state and New Jersey as well. It can be seen as an overlay to 201, 212/664/917/618, 315/486/479, 347/646/557/467, 410, 412, 413/578/732, 516 and 631.
Where did the area code 855 come from?
Think that 855 is just an extra area code thrown in for fun? Well, not really. It’s actually part of a regional telephone numbering plan approved by Bell Canada to introduce toll-free service throughout much of Canada and to overlay some existing area codes so that each region maintains local access within its calling area (thereby reducing operator services costs). The goal is to provide toll-free calls for areas where such service wasn’t feasible before. In some cases, it resulted in toll-free numbers replacing existing local ones that were already part of a larger plan – as was true with Bell’s 519/226 overlay around Kitchener-Waterloo/ Guelph and most of Southwestern Ontario.
What city is area code 855 located in?
855 is a toll-free area code commonly used for 800 numbers in United States and Canada; however, 855 is not exclusive to these countries as it can be found worldwide. The majority of calls received by an 855 number are often telemarketing and other sales calls; however there are many types of companies that use 855 area codes in order to easily attract consumers due to a recognizable local number (i.e., food delivery or cleaning service). Due to the increasing popularity of online calling services such as Skype or Vonage, many business now allow you to select a local (or toll free) number from your computer rather than from a phone that actually resides in another state or country.
Is area code 855 toll free?
As an area code, 855 is a toll-free telephone prefix assigned for use in telephone networks with multiple subscriber numbering plans. It is commonly used for customer service helplines that can be reached by dialing 855-…. If you are receiving a call from an 855 number but are not a customer of that business or do not recognize it as someone you want to talk to, you can likely call back at no charge using a toll-free number advertised on your statement.
How do I get my own 855 toll-free number?
A toll-free or 800 number is a special telephone number beginning with 1-800 that allows callers to call businesses or government services without paying long distance charges. Most calls made to 800 numbers are free of charge. So how do you get your own 855 toll-free number? The FCC or Federal Communications Commission is responsible for regulating toll free numbers. They have a great just answer site on which they provide answers to all sorts of communications questions.
How can I find out who is calling me from an 855 number?
It’s fairly simple to figure out who is calling you from an 855 number—you just need to know where to look. There are a few ways you can use online tools to help identify a potential scammer and help reduce your chances of falling victim. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created a useful and user-friendly resource to assist in identifying spam callers using numbers with area codes associated with toll-free telephone services.
When you visit their site, it immediately directs you to report suspicious calls or texts. So instead of keeping track yourself, let others keep track for you. This service is free for American consumers only but there is a charge for businesses that want to sign up. You can also access their database through Google Trends or through search engines such as Yelp which provide real-time data on what people think about businesses/products by location and phone number combination.
Is area code 855 a scam?
Despite what some people think, there is nothing inherently wrong with area code 855—except that it could be used to perpetrate a scam. If you get a call from an area code that isn’t normally in your calling range (813 or 336 come to mind), it could be someone trying to take advantage of you or sell you something you don’t need.
How to block unwanted 855 phone calls?
Android users can block 855 or any area code using Google Voice settings. On an iPhone, you need to download an app to manually block unwanted calls and spam text messages. Call Blocker is a free app that lets you blacklist unwanted numbers and texts on both iPhone and iPad.
The most common issue with these apps though is their level of accessibility — they’re not integrated into your iPhone’s native dialer like Apple’s own caller ID feature is — so they could potentially interfere with some apps that call out to phone numbers as well (like Yelp). Also be aware that blocking numbers doesn’t always work perfectly depending on who’s calling; there are plenty of ways for someone who wants to get in touch with you to find your contact info even if you’ve blocked them.
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