How To Get A Personal Vanity Number
What few people realized is that anybody can get a personal vanity number.
In fact, you may already have a personal vanity number and not know it. Plan A
should be to use our DialABC word search
to see if your telephone number(s) has vanity value. It will not cost
you anything and it's fun in a useful sort of way. If you are doing this
for your business and your business has a range of telephone numbers all
starting, you can use our Prefixes Search
to see what vanity numbers are already yours.
After you have tried your existing number(s) and failed to find the kinds
of words you are looking for, your plan B would be to get a new telephone number
-- one which is also a vanity number. We have a different set of tools on
our DialABC website that can help you do that. Essentially, it involves
picking up the phone, calling the local phone company to order a new phone
line while you are in front of the computer and have access to our online tools.
How exactly to do that depends on how your phone company hands out new
When asked what local exchange prefix you want to be in, use
Compare-Prefixes tool to
find out which of the available local exchanged prefixes is statistically
most likely to get you a good vanity number.
If the phone company allows you to ask if certain numbers are available
within a prefix, use the
Prefixes Search tool to pick a
If the phone company gives you a choice of several phone numbers to choose
from, use the
Multiple Word Search tool to search
them and show you the results for those numbers on one page.
How To Get A Toll Free Vanity Number
So, you now understand the value of toll free vanity numbers and you want
one for yourself or your business. Here are some pointers for you:
Most telephone companies will sell you toll free number services. You
can lease a number from them and have any calls to that number sent to
your normal telephone line.
Certain companies specialize in the setup of toll free numbers and can
route calls based on certain rules depending on the time of day or the
location and/or caller id of the caller. In some instances, toll free
numbers are shared between clients that only have uses for them within
certain geographic areas.
There exists a market for toll free numbers where toll free numbers
are bought and sold. You can buy temporary use of a toll free number for a
certain time window over a certain area. This is a somewhat
strange part of our technological universe that everybody takes for granted
but which few understand.
If you are looking for such an arrangement, you might want to talk to
to one of several consultants that specialize in helping people find the
right toll free vanity number for their budget.
More recently, VoIP (computer based telephony) providers have started to
offer toll free numbers to their clients close to the cost of normal long
distance charges. These toll free calls are then sent to your computer
or internet phone using your existing internet connection.
You can also try your luck and get yourself an 800, 866 or 888 number
directly from a number of sources and have that number forwarded to your
current phone. These vendors may be helpful in varying degrees in terms
of helping you find a vanity number as opposed to a plain old random looking
You can also use our Toll
free Vanity Number Search to see if a particular number is available.