You’ve probably received calls from the 866 area code and wondered who it was, what they wanted, and whether or not you should answer. This guide will help you get answers to all of these questions so that you can figure out if you want to pick up the phone or hang up immediately. In addition, we’ll share some information about the 866 area code itself to help you better understand what’s going on. Who do these calls come from? How did they get your number? Should you worry about the call?
What is area code 866?
The 866 area code is used in North America to serve numbers in Bellingham, Washington; The Bronx, New York City, New York; and Bridgeport, Connecticut (including Shelton). The 866 area code also serves several small communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; it is not used at all in the neighboring province of Nova Scotia.
This 866 phone number was originally assigned to Atlantic Canada before Canada adopted a three-digit +1 country code (which preceded full Canadian direct dialling of all long-distance calls), but no exchanges exist outside of small communities there now (at least for conventional telephone service). The eight 6s that appear within an 866 phone number are considered lucky by some in Chinese culture as a result.
Where does an area code 866 come from?
When a phone number is classified as toll-free, it doesn’t mean that your phone call won’t cost you money — rather, it means that you’re calling from within a particular geographical area in which people are expected to use their long-distance service provider for calls outside of a certain region (usually a local calling area).
The 866 area code is another area code that serves as a toll-free zone, however, it’s pretty broad in terms of which country is included in its geographical coverage. The three main countries using an 866 area code are Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico — all three U.S territories where residents don’t pay for long-distance calls to other places within their territory/country unless they specifically choose to purchase such services.
How do I call an area code 866 number?
One might think that since a toll-free area code has no particular location, it should be dialed differently than any other area code, but that’s not always true. For example, 1-800 numbers are toll-free U.S. telephone numbers which are local calls for anyone calling from within their own service area or country. When dialling 1-800 numbers from outside of North America (including Canada), you must add an international access code prior to accessing your call such as 001 or 011 depending on your country. In fact, most non-local calls billed as toll-free will require an international access code. Many 866 phone numbers work in exactly the same way; however, because they can also be expensive to call long distance with some long-distance providers you may still need to include an international access code before attempting to make your call.
How do I get my own area code 866 number?
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) area code regulations state that no company may hold a number in the 866 range. However, if you are starting your own company and want to obtain an 866 number for it, then you would need to consult the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). They will be able to tell you what you need in order to get your own area code 866 number.
Why should I get an area code 866 for my business?
Getting an area code 866 for your own business would be beneficial since toll-free numbers give a professional image, protect your reputation by establishing that you’re a legitimate company, and help encourage potential customers to call because they don’t have to worry about long-distance charges. This is also beneficial if you would like to expand your business at a later time or need an alternate number due to conflicts with other businesses in your area.
Is area code 866 a scam?
Confidence scams are quite popular in this day and age of increased mobile phone usage and online services. From the word itself, scammers obtain the confidence or trust of their potential victims by pretending to be customer service from banks and businesses trying to pry and fish for personal information. Do not fall victim to scams. If someone claiming to be from a particular business calls you up, ask for the name of the business and quickly look it up. If discrepancies arise and you feel it to be suspicious, block the number immediately.
Is Area Code 866 Toll-Free?
866 area code is toll-free for a customer to call an 866 area code number, no matter which state or province they’re calling from. However, not all 866 numbers are toll-free – some local telephone companies charge customers who dial 866 numbers instead of regular area codes (800, 901, etc.).
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