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Are 877 numbers legal?

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877 numbers are legitimate, according to the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC. Any number that begins with the three-digit code 877 is meant to be a toll-free number.

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Anyone who uses a toll-free number to call a company or individual is not charged for the call; the call's receiver is charged instead. Businesses opt for toll free numbers for better success in telemarketing and customer service. As of February, 2015, there are five other toll-free numbers besides 877: 800, 866, 888, 844 and 855. The numbers that are used by toll-free service providers are certified by SMS/800 Inc., as authorized by FCC. The SMS/800 Inc. has a list of all the toll-free service providers and SCP operators, who provide the routing service of toll-free numbers in the United States.

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