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    Getting a 1-800 number??

    Anyone know where I can get a 1-800 number? Are they expensive?

    I have been contemplating over whether or not to get one or just keep a local number. I plan to start the company local and focusing it around the local area so a local number would be ok correct?

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    check out:

    mci or at&t
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    Perfect! Thanks!!

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    I use Access Line and have been VERY happy with it. Along with a toll-free number you also get very useful services like a mailbox and forwarding system, voicemail, fax and email capabilities, an easy control panel...

    Check it out. It's less than $20 per month plus the per minute charge (which isn't that much).

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    www.freedomvoice.com - I used them for awhile
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    If your desired 800 number is taken, you can alternatively get 888 and 877 numbers, I think. Don't forget 866!
    Last edited by Ian Glass; Nov 22, 2001 at 23:58.

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    Originally posted by Ian Glass
    If your desired 800 number is taken, you can alternatively get 888 and 877 numbers, I think.
    And 866 (which I have for one of my companies).

    Talk to whoever you use for Long Distance now. You can usually get an 800/etc number that is directed to your regular number and billed to your regular account. Usual cost is about 10-12 cents per minute.
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    Originally posted by Steelsun
    Usual cost is about 10-12 cents per minute.
    State to State rates are generally around 6c/min. Instate rates vary by state(NC is 12c/min).

    If you're already dealing with ATT or MCI, you may be alright with the above posted links, but its possible to get them for less than that, and without a monthly fee!
    Last edited by Slade; Nov 22, 2001 at 16:54.
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    but its possible to get them for less than that, and without a monthly fee!
    Who would you recommend for this?

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    The program (AccessLine) that I reccommended only has a monthly fee because it is quite a bit different than a basic toll-free number your long-distance company can provide. Any long-distance company (ATT, Sprint, MCI) can provide you with a toll-free number for around 6-8 cents a minute...

    AccessLine, which I have been very pleased with, is much more than a toll-free number. It routes calls, has a programmable answering service (you know... "Press 1 for bob, 2 for jane"), can receive faxes and email them to you, has a voicemail box, forwards to ANY number (even cell phones and you can change the number whenever you want) and the best...

    When you get a call from an AccessLine number you can forward it from the phone you're on to ANY phone! In the MIDDLE of a call! So if you're in the middle of an important call and you're leaving you can just forward the call to your cell... then when you get around another phone you can forward it there.

    So you get far more with the service than you would with a simple toll-free number... and it's only about $16 or $17 more a month.

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    Sprint's rates if you are a current customer:

    $3.00 a month + 20 cents a minute. I think that's kind of high.

    I used to have a plan which no longer exists for small businesses with no monthly fee and .08 cents a minute.

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    Try Celes-tel

    http://www.fionda.com/celestel/longdistance2/index.asp

    They have state-to-state rates of 5.9 cents/min. In-state rates vary from state to state but locally it is 12c/min.

    They offer a 1-800/888/877/866 toll-free number at no charge. Same state-to-state and in-state rates, billed in 6 sec increments, and NO monthly fees.
    The toll-free number is FREE, and is billed to your existing phone account.
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    Oops!

    Sorry...I lost the end of that when I copied it. I should have checked it before hitting "Enter"

    The correct URL *should* have been...

    http://www.fionda.com/celestel/longd...ntid=89&repid=
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    I did see a monthly fee there of $3.95.

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    Does anybody know of any companies that would allow for a Canadian to set up a service like these?
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    I use opex.com since they are my long distance company, too.

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    So does anyone know of a plan with no monhtly fee where you just pay for minutes used?

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    My brother used these services, and recommended them to me:

    Go to www.kall8.com to get a 1-800 number. You can forward it to any number, and it can be updated whenever you want. It only costs $1 per month, and is 6.9 cents per minute.

    A good complement to kall8 is www.k7.net -- You can get a number with www.k7.net that will accept voice mail and faxes. You can forward your 1-800 number to it when you need to. This service is free.

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    That's what I was looking for! Thanks.

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    so which one of these is the cheapest


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