Premium-rate-telephone-number meaning

A telephone number for which an extra charge is assessed to the caller, part of which is returned to the owner of the number.

Origin of premium-rate-telephone-number

  • In the original North American Numbering Plan, phone numbers beginning with an area code of "800" were reserved for so called toll-free numbers, where the party receiving the call pays the charges. The telephone companies later developed a corresponding set of numbers beginning with the area code "900" which would permit the owner of the number to receive additional fees from the caller.
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