800 number

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In the original North American Numbering Plan, phone numbers beginning with an area code of "800" were reserved for so called toll-free numbers, where the party receiving the call pays the charges. As more toll-free numbers were needed, additional area codes were added to the scheme including 888, 877, 866, and four more were reserved: 8555, 8444, 8333 and 8222. The term "800 Number" is used colloquially to refer to all of these.


800 number (plural 800 numbers)

  1. (Canada, US) A toll-free telephone number.

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