Zipwhip has enabled the concept of utilizing the cloud to enable existing mobile, landline and toll-free numbers to send and receive text messages from virtually any connected desktop, tablet or smartphone.
In a significant advancement, the company announced it has completed the certification process to become a Responsible Organization (RespOrg) with the SMS/800 Number Administration Committee, or SNAC.
SNAC is the governing body that maintains toll free industry standards. SMS/800 acts as a database for all Toll Free numbers in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP).
There are approximately 450 U.S. RespOrgs, which manage toll free numbers in the SMS/800 database on behalf of number owners. As a RespOrg, Zipwhip can now access SMS/800 services and database systems to confirm the working status and legitimacy of a toll free number.
RespOrgs helps ensure smooth working of toll free numbers. They are also alerted to any changes in toll free number status -- whether numbers are working or non-working or are available to be provisioned. This promotes transparency among RespOrgs and prevents businesses from missing out on the opportunity to leverage certain numbers they may be seeking.
With Zipwhip's texting application, businesses can text-enable existing landline and toll-free numbers to send and receive text messages from any connected desktop, tablet or smartphone.
According to John Lauer, CEO of Zipwhip, gaining status as a RespOrg means Zipwhip will be able to more directly address the challenges of properly modernizing this industry sector.
There are nearly 40 million toll free numbers in existence today.
The FCC (News - Alert) has announced the new 844 toll free numbers will be available from December, 7 2013. With this, the number of toll free number provisioning is set to explode in the coming days, according to Zipwhip.
"We believe these numbers are only working half as hard as they could be for the businesses that rely on them -- that the ability to send and receive text messages will double the value of toll free numbers for businesses,” Lauer added. “Gaining status as a RespOrg means Zipwhip will be able to more directly address the challenges of properly modernizing this industry sector."