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beta testing: toll-free voice posting [Jan. 26th, 2007|05:34 pm]
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Earlier today we'd found that our voice post phone numbers weren't accepting calls. We're working with our provider to get the problem fixed as soon as we can. In the meantime, hachi rushed to finish setting up a different method of voice posting. We've managed to get a toll-free number for voice posts!

We've been working on this for a while, so while we weren't expecting to have this ready for today, we figured that we might as well try. In particular, it hasn't been stressed under load -- there may be some bumps along the way. So with that in mind, please feel free to set up voice posting if you haven't done so already, and then call 1-888-840-6189 to make a voice post from anywhere in the continental United States. :)

(Unfortunately, if you aren't in the US, you won't be able to use this number. We're still looking for a good international provider -- if you have one you'd like to suggest, please let us know!)

EDIT: This is now our primary voiceposting number -- the existing numbers have proven to be incredibly unreliable, so we're migrating to just this number. Update your contacts lists!

EDIT EDIT: We'll be working on getting alternate numbers, for all of you who've commented saying that this one doesn't work for you (for whatever reason). Keep an eye on news :)
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2007-01-26 11:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, folks outside the US can call 1-881-840-6189. They'll have to pay long distance charges from their country to the US.

This is a little known feature of the US phone system set up to allow folks from outside the US to access services that only publish toll free numbers

each of the Toll free areacodes has a code you can replace it with to make a toll international call to the number:


1-800-xxx-yyyy -> 1-880-xxx-yyyy
1-888-xxx-yyyy -> 1-881-xxx-yyyy
1-877-xxx-yyyy -> 1-882-xxx-yyyy

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From: conejita_diabla
2007-01-26 11:51 pm (UTC)
Whoa...seriously? Do you have a reference for this? I'd love to read more about it...
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[User Picture]From: hachi
2007-01-26 11:56 pm (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_free seems to have a little information regarding this.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2007-01-27 12:20 am (UTC)
Picked it up on the comp.dcom.telecom newsgroup *years* back.
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From: conejita_diabla
2007-01-27 12:22 am (UTC)
*Very* cool. Thanks for bringing it to my attention (not that that was your specific intent, but...;-)!
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[User Picture]From: hachi
2007-01-26 11:52 pm (UTC)
Cool, didn't know about this. Thanks a ton!
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[User Picture]From: roamer1
2007-01-27 12:23 am (UTC)
The 880/881/882 "replace" NPAs are pretty much dead.

From many countries, you can simply dial US toll-free numbers the same as any other US number (e.g., from the UK, 00-1-888-840-6189) and it will go through, albeit with a recording that the call is not free and will be charged the same as any other call to the US.
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[User Picture]From: bunnyhero
2007-01-27 12:56 am (UTC)
alas, canada doesn't seem to be one of those countries :( at least the last time i tried a US-only toll-free number, which was probably only a few weeks ago.
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[User Picture]From: bunnyhero
2007-01-27 12:57 am (UTC)
that's wicked!
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From: casket4mytears
2007-02-01 02:09 pm (UTC)
Doesn't work. I repeatedly, whether dialing the original number or using these changes, get 'this call cannot be completed as dialed. please check the number or try your call again.' message. Ten times over the last two days at varying times of day.
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[User Picture]From: rintheamazing
2007-02-16 05:22 am (UTC)
Nope. Doesn't work.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2007-02-16 06:42 am (UTC)
It's supposed to.

Though if you are in Canada or anyplace else that's part of the North American Numbering Plan Area, then it's not really supposed to work for you. It's intended for the folks outside that ragion.
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[User Picture]From: messicat
2007-03-06 10:26 am (UTC)
Sweet, thanks for that, I called from Australia and it worked great for me! Now to abuse it with other numbers!
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2007-03-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
Just remember that it ain't free. :-)
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[User Picture]From: a_life_verbatim
2007-03-30 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm calling from Australia - I dialled international access code and 1-888-840-6189, and that worked.

Yours didn't work :( It would've been a cool trick back in the day though!
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