What is RespOrg?

RespOrg useful information

If you were going to port a number from Cable & Wireless to the company you are sending it to would, they really need Cable & Wireless name, address etc? They only need your name and address & contact info. The only info any phone number company needs to port a new number is the previous carrier name and their Resporg ID #, which in this case is Resporg.com and the ID from the other company, of course. Any resporg-affiliated company can look up and get the current contact info for any other resporg with that. The only thing you might want to include beyond that info is a fax number, usually 800-FAX-something.

Some Resporg forms are very confusing and make it seem like they need a lot more info. But they are really not mailing anything at all to us. The general rule of thumb I usually request a representative who is asking something is this. What would you do if you were moving a number from Cable & Wireless? If it were Cable & Wireless, would they need an address to put there and what difference would it make if they put the local billing brick and mortar office or the main HQ? At that moment, it is usually clear that the address of the phone company is not needed or even necessary. They do require the name & address of the customer, that’s clear, along with their auth code to take the old number. They really do not require the releasing company to authorize anything or a lot of information about them other than the name (and ID # if known).

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RespOrg Update – Guidelines for reject codes

The RespOrg association can apprehend some changes if it comes to porting or affective numbers from one provider to another.

At a contemporary affair of the SMS Amount Administration Committee (SANC) new guidelines were adopted. One of the key items discussed was that of porting adios codes. Apparently, due to some industry corruption of assertive codes a few key bounce codes were deleted and others will be bigger defined. Sadly, this was due to a few bad apples abusing the arrangement in adjustment to adjournment alteration of RespOrg.

The two codes getting removed are other and unsatisfactory business relationship or UBR. Several companies were not application the other cipher as intend but rather were application it to adios due to acumen such as Need Bill Copy which is not an accurate bounce code. In added words, they were application the cipher inappropriately.

Similarly, UBR is getting removed as a adios cipher due to corruption by companies in adjustment to arrest alteration of RespOrg. Originally, the UBR cipher was meant as a “˜buyer beware” assurance for a RespOrg provider to let them apperceive that the aggregation porting with them was accepting announcement issues (usually had not paid their bill with their accepted RespOrg). The amount could still be ported after accord of the absolute RespOrg but it was at the new provider’s expense. However, due to abusage of UBR, primarily as a tactic to adjournment RespOrg transfer, this cipher is getting eliminated.

A affiliate of SANC says, “It is actual adverse that the deletions are bare due to corruption by a few.”

RESPORG – RESPonsible ORGanization

RESPORG – RESPonsible ORGanization

Toll Free 800 numbers programming in USA.

There is a myth that Toll-Free 800 origination is free for real. It’s free to the party that calls – or the one dialing the number. However, it is not free to the owner of the Toll Free Number. Toll Free is only reverse billing, more like a collect call, but the owner of the Toll Free Number pays it.
Many times toll free numbers in the INWATS or North American Numbering Plan (Inward Wide-Area Telephone Service) are named as 800 numbers after the first area code which was utilized to dial them. They include some area codes like 800, 888 (since 1.995), 877 (since 1.997), 866 (since 2.000), 855 (since 2.000), 844, 833 and 822 (the last three of them have not been activated but they are reserved).
History Of Resporg
In 1.991, the FCC issued an adjustment to accomplish all 800 numbers absolutely carriageable by March 4, 1.993. In 1.992, the F.C.C. continued this borderline to May, 1.993.
Number Portability agency that toll-free numbers are not associated with a accurate carrier. Subscribers can about-face to addition carrier after alteration their toll-free number(s), and they can accept abstracted carriers for specific kinds of traffic. Before amount portability, toll-free subscribers were bound into their carriers. They could not change those carriers after alteration their 800 numbers.
Who is your RESPORG?
Normally, it is your carrier, the aggregation you pay for the Toll Free service. The carrier wants all of your cartage and will not avenue it to any added carrier. It makes faculty for them. This way they accomplish all of the money.
There are a few INDEPENDENT RESPORG companies. That will affairs ANY carrier or MULTIPLE carriers for the aforementioned number. If you accept the blast network, you can save a lot of money with an Independent Resporg.
To accumulate clue of which toll-free numbers are accessible for new barter and which numbers are already taken, a centralized database holds advice on anniversary toll-free number. That database is the 800 Account Management System, frequently accepted as the SMS/800.

Related resources: Toll Free Numbers and  Global Call Forwarding


How to create a toll-free number

Securing a toll-free number for your business is a simple and straight-forward process. First, you will need to find a company that can obtain and maintain the number for you – a responsible organization or RespOrg.
Once you find a company or RespOrg that can perform this service then it is time to find a number. You might want a specific number or a vanity number like 855-PLUMBER. Your RespOrg would then need to contact the Service Management System (SMS 800), the entity that manages the toll-free database, and check on the availability of the requested 800 number.
Once you have selected an 800 number, paperwork will need to be filled out. A RespOrg form, or letter of authorization, will need to be completed by your company authorizing the RespOrg to assume responsibility for the number. If your number is a new 800 number, SMS 800 will need to establish a new customer record or CR, this process usually takes about a day. However, if you are switching carriers this process can take as little as 3 days or longer depending on the other party.

800 numbers – Who owns your toll free number?

Do you know the answer to this question? Seems like such a simple one, right? When toll free numbers are set up, the owner should be given that information, correct? Sadly, all too often, that is not the case and companies that think they own their toll free numbers, in actuality do not.

All too frequently, fly-by-night companies will get their customers to ‘RespOrg’ their toll free numbers with them. RespOrg is short for Responsible Organization. Newton’s Telecom Dictionary defines RespOrgs as – “telecommunications providers that have responsibility for obtaining 800 numbers from the Service Management System and building and maintaining customer records.” Once a customer has taken this step the phone company will in essence hold toll free numbers hostage and not let the customer leave and go to another provider.

800 Service Scams and Techniques to Watch For

Smaller companies play a number of tricks that you will want to be on the lookout for. Some will claim that they don’t charge to release numbers and that they aren’t holding 800 numbers hostage. Instead, the company simply gets around this claim by owning all customer toll free numbers. They own the toll free number, not you and they don’t plan on selling it or transferring it away.

Another trick of the trade is utilizing the ‘lookup’ tool on their site to mine for 800 numbers customers might be interested in. It works like this – you go to phone company A’s website and use the search tool on their site to ‘lookup’ an 800 number to see if it is available. As soon as you do, company A puts a hold on any available toll free number in order to force you to use a more expensive service.

Sometimes, companies will even try to yank away numbers that customers have purchased through them without notifying the customer or by using shady methods such as transferring a customer’s 800 numbers to an employee of their company.

What can you do to make sure your 800 number is really yours?

When you really begin to investigate the situations and the toll free number scams that are going on, it can get discouraging. However, you can purchase a toll-free number and be sure that it is yours.

Most importantly, make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. A smaller provider that has tons of fine print in their 800 numbers purchase agreements is to be approached with caution. Do your research on the RespOrgs out there and find a responsible, respectable one.

Don’t be afraid to ask your RespOrg for verification that you own your number. The more you know about who’s managing your toll free service the more control you have should you ever need to make a change.

Toll-Free Service Timeline

Toll free service has an interesting timeline. Once toll free numbers were perceived as a specialized service that only the largest companies could afford. But in the 80′s, US and Canada toll free numbers became more affordable and more popular.

ITFS – international toll free number service, and VoIP, voice over IP, have now made it possible to place for companies to advertise toll free numbers for international customers. Universal international freephone numbers now make it possible for businesses to advertise and use a single phone number for use by customers worldwide to use.

NASC process for changing RespOrg

Sometimes it becomes necessary to utilize the Number Administration Service Center (NASC) to port, or move, your RespOrg to a new provider. This can be caused when a previous RespOrg will not transfer a toll-free number to a new carrier. Often, a current RespOrg can reject the transfer through the SMS800 process for legitimate reasons (such as billing issues) or simply to stall the process.

However, if the business that uses the number is in jeopardy of losing its 800 number or sales because of the number potentially being disconnected, NASCing is a way of forcing the process through. The new carrier submits paperwork to SMS and, for a fee, the number is moved without the cooperation of the current carrier. This can be a very effective means of changing RespOrg carriers. Unfortunately, there are some potential pitfalls. First, the company must weigh the costs behind this process because there is a per-number fee. This could be very costly if you are looking to port a large quantity of numbers. Second, there is nothing to stop the current carrier from NASCing the number(s) back.  While this is rarely done, it can happen.

NASCing usually takes 24 hours for numbers that are blocked or non-operational and seven to ten days for numbers that are in service.

Managing your 800 number

Whether your company is managing a single 800 number or several hundred toll-free numbers, you need to make sure that your number is ringing when and where it needs to so that the right person is answering and the right services are being provided in a timely manner. The process of managing and routing toll free calls is critically important and your RespOrg can be very instrumental in helping with this. That is why it is important to know about your RespOrg and what it can do for you.

What do you know about your RespOrg?

Quite often the RespOrg is simply the same company that provides toll-free phone service. However, by going with an independent RespOrg you could potentially experience big savings.

Here are some questions you might want to consider:

If you have a RespOrg currently, can you name the company?

Do you know what services the company provides you?

Do you know what potential services the RespOrg could provide should your needs change?

Did you know you can choose your RespOrg or change your RespOrg if you need to?

There are hundreds of companies to choose from, find a RespOrg that fits you.

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What is RespOrg?

Simply put, RespOrg is a contraction for Responsible Organization. But responsible for what? A RespOrg is responsible for controlling and maintaining toll-free numbers for businesses. A RespOrg is also an entity that has gone through a certification process to gain access to the Service Management System or SMS 800, the 800 number database. RespOrgs can check availability, reserve numbers for customers and make changes to a customer’s account. Therefore, if your business has a toll free number, you have a RespOrg too.

How does RespOrg work?

Let’s say you own a business and you decide it would be a good idea to have a toll-free number for your customers to call. The first thing you would need to do is find a company that provides toll-free numbers. Finding a company and having a number assigned to your business can be a fairly simple and quick process. However, it helps to know some of the details of what is happening behind the scenes – primarily the RespOrg process.

The company you approach could be a big corporate entity or a smaller independent provider of toll-free numbers. According to SMS800, there are approximately 400 RespOrg providers. Since portability commenced in the early 1990’s, the market for RespOrg has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, the rise of the internet has increased this growth yet again and given birth to many fly-by-night RespOrgs that can look very slick online but have very little substance when it comes to delivering service.

RespOrg Process

Once your business contacts the RespOrg, that company in turn has to approach SMS800 to obtain permission to RespOrg the number or transfer control of the number to your business. The process goes something like this: A RespOrg form containing the customer’s details, the RespOrg ID numbers (every RespOrg is assigned an ID number by SMS800), and a signed authorization to set up or move the number is needed to begin the process. If this is a new number, the process can be very quick and might take only a few hours. However, if ownership is being transferred from one carrier to another, it could take three to seven days.

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A brief timeline of Toll-free service

1967  AT&T introduces first 800 toll-free service

1985 – NXX Plan is set in place. Under provisions of this plan companies may change 800 providers. However, in order to change carriers, the company must also change 800 numbers

1989 – FCC proposes the establishment of a national database for 800 access. This would enable 800 portability and facilitate competition, since a single customer could change carriers without changing numbers.

1993 – The national 800 Service Management System (SMS/800) database takes over management and assignment of 800 numbers

1995 – Industry Numbering Committee (INC) designates 888 Numbering Plan Area (NPA) code as the next code for use in providing toll-free service. INC also reserves the remaining 8XX (877, 866…. 822)

1998 – With 888 numbering resource nearly reaching exhaustion, 877 code opens on April 5, 1998

2000 – July 29 the 866 code is opened

2010 – October 1st the 855 is opened

The Nokia 6126 for AT&T.