How to Get a 1-800 Phone Number for a Home Phone

by Mandy Slake

It's possible to get a 1-800 number on any phone, because calls to 1-800 numbers are actually forwarded to another number. You can have the forwarding number set to your home phone, cell phone or any other number. In order to get a 1-800 number, you'll need to sign up for the service with a toll-free service provider.

While there's no cost for the caller when someone dials a 1-800 number, the toll-free service provider charges a cost per minute to your account.

Calculate how many minutes of toll-free calls you will be using. Check your phone bill for the past several months, and calculate how many of the calls would have been to the 1-800 number.

Add up the number of minutes for the past few months, and average them out by dividing the total number of minutes by the number of months.

Research toll-free service providers. Your local phone company offers 1-800 numbers, but it may be cheaper to go with an online toll-free service provider.

Decide on the number you want. Some users don't care what 1-800 number they get, but others want a vanity number that spells out a word or phrase. If you want a specific number, make sure the number is available. Most toll-free providers have a search function that will tell you whether the number you want is available.

Contact the toll-free service provider to sign up for service. Online providers may allow you to sign up on their web site, or you may have to call a number to activate service over the phone.

Tip

  • check Numbers are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If another company already has the 1-800 number you want, consider using one of the other toll-free prefixes instead.

Warning

  • close The charges for 1-800 numbers vary across providers. Some providers charge strictly by the minute while others allow users to purchase packages of minutes and charge for overage. Make sure you sign up for a service or plan that suits your needs, or it may end up costing you.