Where is area code 855?
Where is area code 855?
Area code 855 is a non-geographic area code, meaning that it is not associated with any particular city, state, province, or country. Area code 855 is a toll-free number, that recently joined the list of 800, 888, 877, 866, and 844 toll-free numbers.
A phone number prefixed with “855” may seem like a sketchy number that airs on late-night infomercials.
It’s not exactly an area code. It’s a toll-free prefix.
Numbers beginning with 855 are toll-free numbers regulated by the FCC in the United States.
Here’s a quote from their website:
“The FCC regulates or sets the rules under which toll-free numbers can be used or obtained.
The FCC requires that toll-free numbers be portable, meaning that a toll-free number subscriber can “port” his or her number to a new provider when changing toll-free number service providers.
The FCC’s rules designate the criteria for determining the status of each toll-free number, and prohibit “warehousing” and “hoarding” of toll-free numbers.”
Other Toll-Free Prefixes:
In North America, area code 855 is a toll-free number like 800, 888, 877,866, 844.
At first, there was only the 800 area code but it was not enough, so they decided to add all prefixes beginning with 8 followed by twin digits.
What we’re used to seeing are 800 and 888 numbers. But there are other toll-free prefixes such as 877, 866, 855, 844.
Inbound phone calls are charged to the owner/company who owns these numbers. Much like cell phone plans, there are different rates that these companies are charged.
Since they are charged, they’ll often say:
“Call 1–855-###-#### – Canada and US only.”
They block off calls from other countries because they will get charged for incoming long-distance charges.
While they can still be made available to other countries, revenue usually can’t be justified. Instead, they’ll provide a local number that they can call to reach the exact same line. (ex. areacode-###-####)
855 Country Code
Country codes are a little different. If you’re living in the United States, you might not even know that your country code is +1.
This is why you’ll often see toll free numbers that look like this:
Country codes are prefixed with a ‘+’ while area codes don’t have a symbol before it.
In Cambodia, the country code is +855.
The Future of Toll-Free Prefixes
Decades ago, we really only saw 800. Then came 888 and then 877. With only 7 digits in a US phone number, there are 7,919,900 possible combinations.
We will run out and others will be restricted (ie. 800–000–0000).
You’ll likely see some new toll free prefixes come out in your lifetime. It’s always best to check where they come from to ensure you’re not charged additional fees.
Where is area code 855?
It’s not an area code, it’s a prefix for a toll-free number— in other words, you can call it with no charge for long-distance.
I think 1–800 numbers only work in the U.S. and Canada, but don’t know for sure. I know that I was able to call 1–800 numbers in Canada from Mexico using Skype.
If anyone wants to know where an area code is, all they have to do is Google “Area Code XXX”
Possibly Cambodia. Perhaps you are referring to a number you’ve seen on caller ID?
Some caller ID units don’t distinguish well between inland and overseas calls and present the numbers in the same format — for example, when I call the US, my number appears correctly (in international format with the country code) but the caller ID unit doesn’t recognize an international call, so tells people I am in Manhattan — area code 646.
I’m not, I’m in New Zealand, +64 6 xxx-yyyy.
So, if it is a country code, then +855 is Cambodia.
If it is a telephone area code, then we’d need to know the country you’re referring to give a sensible answer. So far, everyone else on this page has assumed the US.
Area code 855 in China is Kaili City.
How can you trace an 855 area code?
The real question is – does calling it back deliver the people you want to track?
If not, then it’s just a scam and while you could trace that call, it’d take a lot of effort, many subpoenas, and most law enforcement offices won’t entertain the amount of effort it will take when you start subpoenaing tandem operators, long-distance companies, and other things.
If so, that’s an entirely different question. The route when you call a toll free number can be subpoenaed from Somos, and then you can subpoena the carriers whose CICs are listed in the CAD/CPR (or TAD/PAD) record as well as the RespOrg who controls the number for subscriber information.
Ultimately every call originates from somewhere. Whether it’s worth the effort is the hard part, and convincing someone with subpoena authority of that is harder yet.
My best answer is that it depends on what you consider “tracing” to be.
My tactic is to answer the call politely but turn the call around and become the inquisitor. I ask them for their company information, return phone numbers, federal employer ID# and specific physical location, saying that if they are a legitimate business they’ll have no problem with providing me with accurate information.
This causes the scammers to hang up and remove me from their list and has actually helped me to find out about a couple of opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have ever looked into from the legit players, plus I’ve learned a lot about how they got my information, to begin with, and how many online traps exist to gather your information and sell it to others, often from the biggest “legitimate” businesses out there.
I’m not going to speak about those companies here as it would be a huge article on its own, but I will caution you to avoid filling out surveys, coupons, and rebate cards unless you read the fine print on how your information will be used and shared.
If no such disclosure is provided you may be better off simply ignoring those things you really don’t need, or if you’re stuck with no other options you can always create an alternate identity complete with an app-based free phone number and email address that you use to screen those questionable forms.
One final tactic for getting rid of the hardcore callers is to say that the person they are trying to reach has passed away and you have no other information about them, only that their number is now yours and that you do not accept solicitation, being polite but firmly requesting that they remove your number from all future calls.
The area code 855 is not associated with any particular region or city, province, country, or otherwise.
It is the prefix for a toll-free number such as those beginning in 800, 888, 877, 866, and 844.