The first three digits of your phone number can say a lot about your business, like where it’s based, who it serves, and how established it is. The first three digits of a North American phone number are the area code, and they tell callers where a phone number is based geographically. A 212 area code is for New York, for example, while 310 is for L.A. — and an 844 area code spans most of North America. When you don’t want to tie your business to one specific city, opting for an 844 phone number over a local number shows clients that you’re ready to serve people all across the continent. 🌎 844 numbers are also toll-free.

Customers use this information to learn where a business is based, make judgments about what geographic areas a business serves, and make determinations about the size and level of professionalism of a business. As we’ll see later, many people draw certain conclusions from toll-free numbers.

Keep reading to learn more about the area code 844 and its benefits, as well as how you can get an 844 number for your team.

What is an 844 phone number?

An 844 phone number is a designated North America toll-free number. This means phone calls to 844 numbers are always free for your callers in the U.S., Canada, and over a dozen other North American countries and territories. When current and potential customers reach out to your business, they can talk to you without fretting about long-distance charges. Your callers won’t have to frantically look at the clock, which means you can take your time to deliver a positive customer experience.

When you have an 844 area code, your current and potential customers can call you for free from any member of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). These 20 countries and territories are:

  • The United States, including territories like Puerto Rico
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sint Maarten
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

How toll-free numbers work for U.S. and Canadian callers

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Since the United States and Canada are both included in the North American Numbering Plan, toll-free calls are always free for callers in those countries. Your leads and clients won’t have to pay if your team members call them either. Any fees are passed down to your business — though with a VoIP service like OpenPhone, which offers free unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada, you can avoid unnecessary fees altogether.

For callers, dialing a toll-free telephone number is no different than dialing a local number.

844 area code vs. other toll-free area codes

The 844 area code is one of seven toll-free area code numbers. The others are 800, 833, 855, 866, 877, and 888. All phone numbers with these area codes work the exact same way, allowing callers to reach you for free.

Many businesses opt for 800 and 888 numbers because they were the first toll-free codes introduced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This means they’re more recognizable to customers as numbers that are free to call.

However, the benefit of the 844 area code is its availability. 800 numbers have low inventory . Today, less-used numbers like those with 844 and 855 area codes are still widely available. You can choose from a greater variety of digit combinations. This makes it easier to get a vanity number (like 1-844-ACADEMY) that’s easy for callers to memorize. 📱

Benefits of toll-free phone numbers

Whether your clients are in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, or any other region that supports the 844 area code, getting a toll-free number can help you grow your business. Here are four reasons why you should consider choosing toll-free numbers instead of local area codes.

1. Show your professionalism

When you get a call from an 844 number, you can generally assume it’s coming from a business. That’s why toll-free numbers appear more professional than local numbers. Using an 844 area code signals to customers that you’re a business and makes it clear that you serve people across the continent, instead of focusing on those in your immediate area. When your clients travel to another NANP country, they’ll be confident that they can still reach you if they need you. ✈️

Plus, with scammers increasingly spoofing local area codes, some consumers may be more comfortable answering calls from reputable business numbers.

Toll-free numbers are also a great choice for businesses that offer 24/7 lines. An 844 area code can reassure clients they don’t have to worry about time zones before they call.

2. Build a memorable brand

Opting for a toll-free phone number gives you the option to choose a highly memorable vanity number. Instead of choosing a random set of digits, you can choose a number that translates to a word related to your brand (think 1-800-FLOWERS). With an 844 area code, you’ll have plenty of phone numbers to choose from.

3. Attract more customers

Clients and potential clients in international NANP countries may hesitate to call your business if you have a local number. Doing so would mean getting stuck with long-distance fees. But if you have an 844 area code, you show your clients you’ve got their backs. Since you’ll cover their costs, you may get more incoming calls from customers or leads outside your local area.

4. Get a distinct area code

Getting a toll-free number helps you stand out from the crowd. With a unique area code that no local phone numbers share, you can distinguish yourself from the average business. Having a toll-free number is almost like having a premium web domain.

How to get an 844 area code

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If an 844 phone number sounds like a good fit for your business, choosing a VoIP service provider that supports toll-free calling is the simplest way to get one. Since VoIP phone systems run on an internet connection, there’s no physical setup needed. Getting a toll-free number is usually part of the signup process. Plus, some VoIP services support toll-free text messages (OpenPhone supports both SMS and MMS) so people can text you for free in the U.S., Canada, and other North American Numbering Plan locations. 😎

Here’s how you can get a toll-free number with an 844 area code in four steps with OpenPhone:

  1. Head to my.openphone.co/signup to start your free trial.
  2. Enter your email or sign in with Google.
  3. Select your OpenPhone number. You can tap on “Toll-free numbers” or enter a specific toll-free area code like “844.”
  4. Enter your credit card information to start the trial. You can cancel anytime and won’t be charged until after the trial — we’ll even remind you before your trial ends!

Then you can use your toll-free number using the OpenPhone web, desktop, or mobile app on an internet-enabled device. Making and answering calls from the OpenPhone app is as simple as doing so on a cell phone, regardless of what type of phone number you own.

Have an existing 844 phone number that’s tied to a cell phone or landline or in use with another provider? You can transfer your number to OpenPhone by porting your phone number. It’s free and easy. Simply fill out our 1-minute porting form and we’ll take care of the rest!

Get an 844 area code with OpenPhone

844 area code: OpenPhone desktop and mobile app

If you work with clients throughout North America, a toll-free 844 phone number can help you attract more clients and show your legitimacy as a business. By allowing people to call you for free, you make your business more approachable and welcoming for everyone in your ideal customer base. Plus, with an 844 number, you can easily access vanity numbers that help you build your brand.

Using OpenPhone, it’s easy to get an 844 phone number that supports both calls and texts. Simply sign up for a free trial of OpenPhone to get started with toll-free calling today.

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