833 area code is the zone code or prefix used in the United States, Canada, and other countries secured by the North American Numbering Plan. 833 Area code is a toll-free number all across the United States, similar to other numbers like 844, 855, 877, 876, 888, and 800. All of these toll-free numbers are offered by the North American Numbering Plan (NANP).
North American Numbering Plan
North American Numbering Plan or NANP is a numbering plan for country dial-in codes, and provides its services in 25 regions in 20 countries. These countries include:
- United States
- Canada and its territories
- Turks and Caicos
- Dominican Republic
- British Virgin Islands
- Antigua & Barbuda
- St. Vincent
- St. Lucia and more
Of all the territories, the state of California has the largest number of codes, offered by the NANP. Most countries of the Caribbean use only one code. Countries such as Mexico, Greenland, most Central American countries, and some other Caribbean countries don’t participate in NANP.
NANP came into existence by AT&T in 1947 and the implementation of the plan started in 1951. The main purpose was to simplify the direct dialing of long-distance calls. Every 3-digit area code contains 7,919,900 telephone numbers.
NANP provides its number which is 1-866-623-2282, if any random person has a query or problem, they can contact the help desk through the number mentioned above.
833 Area Code Toll-Free Numbers
Toll-free numbers are phone numbers that are free to call, and all of them have a 3-digit area code. AT&T was the first company ever to release a toll-free number in 1967. The number had the prefix “800”. Most toll-free numbers today are used by customers to contact customer service reps.
Numbers that start with 800, 833, 844, 888, 855, and 866 are hotline numbers. Every country has its own specific service numbers. A person from any place can contact these numbers without incurring any charges.
Whenever a customer calls a toll-free number, they won’t be charged for it, instead, the receiver will be charged and the identity of the caller won’t be revealed. A person will be charged for the call if they’re using a mobile phone unless they have an unlimited calling plan.
These numbers provide ease to the overworked staff of phone operators. Before toll-free numbers, a customer wasted a lot of time before they had to contact customer reps, and the call could not be connected until the receiver agreed to pay the charges.
Toll-Free Numbers Area Code 833 in Different Countries
Every country has its own set of toll-free numbers. The toll-free numbers help businesses serve their customers in an ideal way. They are available for calls 24/7. Not all toll-free numbers are like that, some specific toll-free numbers have fixed working hours. Most of the time, the working time for these toll-free numbers is 8 AM to 5 PM. After these hours, customers can leave voice notes, and the customer service representatives will respond when possible.
You can call these numbers from any device, mobile phone, landlines, Skype, or other apps. Here’s a breakdown of the countries and the prefix they use for toll-free numbers:
1. Toll-Free Number in Ireland
Ireland uses the 1800 toll-free number, this prefix is followed by a 6 digit number
2. Toll-Free Number in Austria
Austria’s international toll-free service number format is 0 800 XXX XXX.
3. Toll-Free Number in Indonesia
Indonesia uses the 0800-1 prefix for all the toll-free numbers.
4. Toll-Free Number in South Korea
South Korea has 2 toll-free number prefixes, either 080 or 003, and they’re followed by a 7 or 8-digit number.
5. Toll-Free Number in Nepal
Nepal uses the prefix 1660-01, that’s followed by a digit number.
6. Toll-Free Number in Spain
In Spain, 800 and 900 are free phone numbers, most of the time 900 is used, which is followed by a 6-digit number.
7. Toll-Free Number in Portugal
Portugal uses a toll-free number format that goes like “800 xxx xxx”. The number is also called chamada gratuita (free call).
8. Toll-Free Number in New Zealand
The prefixes 0508 and 0800 are both assigned for toll-free numbers.
Area Code 833
833 is the area code that’s used in the United States, Canada, and countries covered by NANP. Area code 833 is the latest addition to the list of toll-free numbers. Area code 833 was introduced in 2017 because of the high demand for toll-free numbers.
In 2014, area code 844 was released. In the United States and Canada, there are 41 million toll-free numbers currently being used or reserved for future use. As demands for toll-free numbers keep increasing, the next new toll-free number is expected to be 822.
How Toll-Free Numbers are Allotted?
“Mindful Organizations” or “RespOrgs” are the companies that handle the allotment of toll-free numbers. They use the “first-come, first-serve” policy for allocating toll-free numbers. The purpose behind this is the limitations set by FCC on all RespOrgs.
FCC Guidelines on Toll-Free Numbers
According to FCC rules, RespOrgs aren’t permitted to do warehousing of the toll-free numbers. RespOrgs can’t turn on a toll-free number ahead of schedule. The individuals who overlook this limitation and share toll-free numbers with everyone can be punished.
Let’s say you wish to get a toll-free number for your business, you just have to reach out to RespOrgs, and ask them about the plans for a toll-free number. Once you find the plans that fit your need, you can purchase the number.
In 2018, FCC closed over 17,000 toll-free numbers across the country for misuse.