Dating 800 numbers
A toll-free telephone number or freephone number is a telephone number that is billed for all arriving calls instead of incurring charges to the originating telephone subscriber.
Examples of operator-assisted toll-free calling include the Zenith number introduced in the 1950s in the U. and Canada, as well as the original manual 'Freephone' service introduced by the British Post Office in 1960. The calling party would ring the operator (now '100' in the UK, '0' in Canada/U. In the UK, the caller would ask the operator to ring "Freephone" and a name or number (such as "Freephone Crimebusters" to pass on tips about a crime to the constabulary).
In either case, the operator would look up the corresponding geographic number from a list and place the call with charges reversed.
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A few large businesses and government offices received large numbers of collect calls, which proved time consuming for operators.