800 Portability

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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Contributing to across-the-board growth during the quarter, Roberts cited MCI's continued success in winning 800 service business as a result of 800 portability and Fresh Look marketing efforts -- more than $1 billion in multi-year Fresh Look contracts were signed.
With 800 Portability, we're able to take advantage of MCI 800 applications such as one-minute Guardian," said Wayne Henderson, Morgan Keegan director of communications and technology.
Small businesses are being prompted to examine complex and confusing telecommunications choices, such as 800 portability and the pending deregulation of intrastate toll-calling in California, creating short-term volatility in the industry that is affecting our customer base.
The 800 Portability ruling gave us a timely opportunity to rethink how we could use toll-free service and technology to our advantage," said Robert Bentrem, JC Bradford investment limited partner -- telecommunications.
GCI's increase in market share is due in part to the introduction of 800 Portability on May 1, 1993," said Hughes.
Enhanced services like call waiting and forwarding, 800 portability and messaging are more easily created with the core technology we implemented from the NewNet Division of ADC Telecom (Nasdaq: ADCT).
Today, almost a year after 800 portability entered the market, 800 service continues to thrive.
Last May, AT&T took another hit with the advent of 800 portability, legislation that transfers ownership of 800 phone numbers from the telephone company to the user, making it easier for a company to change carriers.
The latest revolution in telecommunications is 800 portability.
Since the advent of 800 portability in 1993, many carriers now serve the market, however toll free information has always been provided by and virtually an exclusive, by default, of AT&T.
LATAs (local access and transport areas) and between carriers on the network, 800 portability database, and LIDB (line information database) services supporting telephone calling cards and AIN services.
Ross also led MCI's highly-successful marketing effort to capitalize on 800 portability.