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Do 877 phone numbers cost anything to call?

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Telephone numbers with an 877 area code are toll-free, so callers are not charged to call them. Instead of the caller being charged, the person or business being called is charged for the cost of the call.

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The 877 area code was released as a toll-free area code in 1998. Prior to its release, the only available toll-free area codes were 888 and 800. After its release, the Federal Communications Commission released three other toll-free area codes. The 866, 855 and 844 area codes were released in 2000, 2010 and 2014, respectively.

To obtain a toll-free number, such as an 877 number, an individual or business must contact a Responsible Organization. Responsible Organizations are the only entities with access to the SMS/800 database. Responsible Organizations can reserve a toll-free number for their clients.

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