premium-rate telephone 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. The telephone companies later developed a corresponding set of numbers beginning with the area code "900" which would permit the owner of the number to receive additional fees from the caller.


premium-rate telephone number (plural premium-rate telephone numbers)

  1. A telephone number for which an extra charge is assessed to the caller, part of which is returned to the owner of the number.


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