Seeing an unfamiliar area code can raise all sorts of questions and concerns about its origins. Where could it be coming from? Who could be calling? Is this legitimate? Despite it being a relatively new number, here are some information about area code 822.
What is Area Code 822?
Area code 822 is not in existence yet but is expected to be a new area code introduced by the North American Numbering Plan or NANP. Alongside the other toll free numbers already in operation, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877, and 888. Toll free numbers are numbers that place a charge on the recipient of the call instead of on the caller and is typically being used by businesses and customer service.
822 is expected to be used in the future along with other reserved numbers, including, 880, 887 and 899.
Where is area code 822 coming from?
Toll free numbers are not location specific though they service the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. There is no particular geographic location tied to toll free numbers. When it does come into operation it may be difficult to know where the call is coming from.
How do you dial an 822 number?
The format for dialling toll free numbers is 1-toll free code-number however just because you dial in the same number with varying area codes doesn't mean you'll get the same response. A 1-800-number would yield a different response if punched in with a 1-822 code, even if the number is the same. That's because these numbers are wired to certain locations.
How do I get my 822 area code?
To obtain a toll free area code one would need to get in touch with the Federal Communications Commission who are in charge of assigning toll free numbers to certain individuals. They have what is called RespOrgs or Responsible Organizations that are in charge of assigning toll free area codes. These are done at a first come first serve basis or by auction and it is assumed this will be the same when 822 does come into operation.
Why should I get a toll free area code?
A toll free area code is highly beneficial for your business, firstly because it makes transactions and customer service between you and your potential customers smoother and cost free (for the customer) as toll free numbers service the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean without placing a fee on the caller making it cost efficient as well.
Given its wider area of coverage, this gives your business more visibility and accessibility.
Who's calling from an 822 number?
Toll free numbers are typically used by business or customer service numbers. Normally this is the scenario when we receive calls from toll free numbers. However certain individuals have been taking advantage of the customization of numbers to scam others.
These confidence tricks usually call people up pretending to be from banks or other establishments trying to fish information from their victims. Stay vigilant against scams. If called up by one, look the business up if it matches what they say. If not, hang up and block the number.
How do I block unwanted 822 calls.
To block unwanted 822 calls, follow these steps:
For Android users, go to Recent Calls, click Details and then Block Number. For iPhone users, go to recent calls click the encircled i and then go to more information then choose block this number.
Is Area Code 822 Toll Free?
It is expected to be and it will serve to complement the other toll-free area codes, 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877 and 888. They are toll-free within the USA, Canada and all countries utilising the North American Numbering Plan. They are commonly associated with customer service lines for companies, but can be used by other parties.