Todays News FCC to Release Unclaimed 888 Vanity Numbers

    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With customer demand for toll free
vanity numbers soaring, the Federal Communications Commission has ordered the
release of approximately 190,000 vanity 888 numbers, beginning today at noon
    When 888 was introduced in 1996 as the first new toll free code after 800,
nearly 390,000 of the 888 numbers were set aside for subscribers holding
corresponding 800 vanity numbers.  Last year, the Commission permitted those
subscribers to request the set-aside 888 numbers under a right of first
    Last month the Commission directed the numbering administrator to release
the remaining unclaimed 888 numbers to the public.
    Beginning today at noon, all remaining unclaimed set-aside 888 numbers
will become available to the public on a first come, first served basis.  To
get a toll free number -- 800, 888, or 877 -- contact a toll free service
provider.  The only directory of toll free service providers is available at (

    About is the 'yellow pages' directory of toll free service
providers, offering customers detailed listings of companies that sell toll
free numbers and service:  local and long distance phone companies, discount
rate aggregators and resellers, enhanced service providers, and shared-use
vanity number companies. can be found at is published by ICB Toll Free News
(, the online news service of the toll free industry.

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