What's the difference between a toll-free and a local number?

Local or toll-free, which one should you go for?

There are several things to keep in mind when making the choice. We'll break them down here.

What's a toll-free number?

A toll-free number is a number with 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877, or 888 area code that can be dialed without incurring long distance charges. We offer North American toll-free numbers. This means that callers from the US and Canada won't incur any long distance charges when calling the toll-free number.

Why pick a local number

  • Local numbers are great for establishing a presence in the area you serve. This is the best choice for service-based businesses with the majority of customers in a specific state or province.

  • Local numbers are better suited for outgoing calls. When you make a lot of outgoing calls, local numbers are perceived as more trustworthy compared to toll-free numbers due to the increased number of spam calls — so most people are more likely to answer.

Why pick a toll-free number

  • Toll-free numbers ensure your callers from across the US and Canada never pay long-distance charges. This is especially important if your main use case is customer support.

  • Businesses with toll-free numbers can be perceived as larger and more established.

  • Toll-free numbers establish a nationwide presence, appealing more to customers across Canada and the US.

Want to learn more about picking a local vs a toll-free number? Check out this full guide on our blog. Local vs. Toll-Free: What Phone Number Should I Get for My Business?

Hard choice? Good news, you can have both! Find out how to add a second number to your OpenPhone account.

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