800 Portability

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800 Portability

The ability of the owner of a toll free number to maintain the same number even upon changing long distance providers. For example, if a charity that operates an 800 number wishes to switch its long distance provider from Qwest to Verizon or vice versa, 800 portability allows the charity to keep the same number for donations or other purposes. The Federal Communications Commission has required long distance providers to offer 800 portability since 1993 in order to promote competition.
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spire are crossing a threshold similar in importance to equal access in long distance and 800 number portability in toll-free calling," Spears said.
800 number portability, a technical bone-crusher, lets users keep their 800 numbers while changing carriers.
The advent of 800 number portability, which means businesses can keep the same 800 number when they switch telephone companies, is believed to have had an impact as well.
On May 1, 1993, 800 number portability became a reality.
This application is an excellent example of a customer benefit that resulted from advanced 800 number portability technology.
Topics of interest include high-speed network services, 800 number portability, multi--media messaging, and wireless communications.
The advent of 800 number portability last year also was a factor in Computer Associates' decision, as portability allowed the company to switch long distance carriers yet retain ownership of its 800 numbers.
The contract was awarded to an independent contractor outside the telecommunications industry to facilitate the FCC Order for 800 number portability, which went into effect earlier this year.
Significant technical trends include the deployment of signaling system seven interconnection with the local exchange carriers (LEC), 800 number portability, intelligent POS terminals, and LEC deployment of ISDN access.
With the introduction of 800 number portability in Canada in January 1994, businesses and their customers will be able to use a single 800 number for Canada and the United States.
The high volume of activity overwhelmingly confirms that taking advantage of 800 Number Portability is completely painless and transparent to business customers," said Bennis.
April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) has announced that it has received change requests from both AT&T and MCI customers that strongly indicate the initial customer reaction to 800 Number Portability has been favorable toward Sprint.