Inexpensive 800-number?


I am looking for an inexpensive 800-number. I would like to forward it to my cell phone, but get professional sounding voicemail if I don't pick up. (I could change my voicemail message, worst case.)

My goal is to allow users to easily contact me on the phone, without publishing my cell number.

Any recommendations?

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asked Jan 23 '10 at 06:15
Joseph Turian
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I am not sure what you define as inexpensive.

We use RingCentral for now.

There are other voip providers, but I am not sure if they have toll free numbers.

answered Jan 23 '10 at 06:35
Tim J
8,346 points


I use Grasshopper for my own business and RingCentral for my customer's business. They both are fine for what I need but if there was an easy way to move my 800 number to RignCentral I would do that in a heart beat. Grasshopper's portal/dashboard is friggin confusing and real PITA (yes, even the new one!). RingCentral's on the other hand is very intuitive and has lot's of tutorials and walk-throughs.

My advice - go with RingCentral

answered Jan 23 '10 at 11:48
195 points


ANY long distance company can give you an 800 number for about $5-$10 a month. It can ring to any number you tell them, and you can change where it rings (the "Ring To Number," or RTN) whenever you want.

answered Jan 30 '10 at 08:07
Joel Spolsky
13,482 points
  • Joel is right. We use Sprint for this and they route the calls to our main office number. It works fine and it's very inexpensive. – Tcolling 14 years ago


Twilio has a cloud service - $2 / month for toll free - .05 / minute. You could use it in conjunction with openvbx and create whatever type of phone system you want.

answered Jun 19 '10 at 02:27
Jim Galley
9,952 points
  • +1 for twilio. You can host the app on google app engine which is free. Its easy to customize as well using TwiML syntax. You get $30 credit to get started. – Raj J 12 years ago


We use Grasshopper We've only had it for a couple of months but I've been happy with the service so far.

answered Jan 23 '10 at 09:10
Scott K
21 points


You can compare toll free service providers to find the inexpensive and suitable service.

  • RingCentral
  • FreedomVOICE
  • Kall8
If you can afford 800 prefix then fine but usually other prefixes 866, 877 and 888 cost less than 800.
answered Jul 8 '10 at 17:17
Irene P
21 points


We've been using OneBox, a virtual PBX, at my startup. It's been working well for us over the past two and a half years. I'm not sure how its features and cost compares to other vendors. I haven't gone comparison shopping lately.

answered Jan 30 '10 at 07:26
D Thrasher
894 points

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