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Getting a Toll-Free Line

If you don't already have a toll-free line, find out what you're missing out on and how you can get one for less than $5 a month.

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This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Teen Startups.

A toll-free number is no longer an expensive luxury for large businesses--it's now an inexpensive necessity for small businesses. For less than $5 a month, you can set up an 800, 866, 877 or 888 number, complete with call forwarding, voice mail, extensions and more. This type of service can be a great boost to a small business's image, and can help you generate sales due to an increase in trust from potential customers.

And unlike having a landline, you won't have to go through a big carrier like AT&T or Bell Atlantic for a toll-free number; you don't even need a physical line. A plethora of small technology companies have purchased blocks of numbers that connect to a few hard-wired lines that run to the telecom companies.

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