the 900 Number Business:
The 900 industry,
widely know as "Pay-Per-Call" Information Lines, is a
thriving billion dollar business with increasing volume records
year after year. 900 numbers provide a large variety of packaged
information, entertainment and services that people readily call.
You see them advertised everywhere due to their enormous success.
When you own a 900 number the profits are made in accordance to
the number of calls your lines receive. As a 900 business owner
you able to promote your 900 numbers in many different ways. A service
bureau answers the calls 24 Hours a Day 7 days week, so you'll never
need to stay by the phone or buy expensive equipment. Service Bureaus
keep track of your 900 calls, and you pay them a small portion of
the cost per minute to cover their telephone costs and expenses.
Ideal Cash Generating Business:
were first created in 1980 for ABC during the Reagan/Carter debates.
The 900 numbers totaled over 500,000 calls during the debate.
for informational use came in 1982 when NASA started an informational
line for the space shuttle flights. Soon after, national companies
realized the incredible opportunities in 900 numbers.
In 1987, Telesphere
created the first coast to coast, interactive 900 numbers. This
meant that anyone, anywhere could provide information regardless
of the location. Many 900 lines for different topics began to spring
up. At that point the 900 number business took off.
Today, you can
come across hundreds of 900 numbers in daily newspapers, magazines,
and the Internet. The cost of 900 lines have become affordable enough
for anyone to take advantage of!
Numbers: Terms and Definitions
Number - A premium pay-per-call prefix set by the telecommunications
carrier in conjuction with the FCC, specifically used for content
- Establishment of account, set-up of 900 lines,which includes installation
of daily call tracking and pay ready system.
Count - total number of calls received by a 900 number.
Count Volume - volume in minutes for any given period.
(ie: 7 calls per day @ 6 minutes each = 42 minutes X 30 days = 1260
Count Revenue - total revenue generated by call count volume.
provider - The "owner" of a 900 business, who
is in the business of providing information for business, personal
or entertainment purposes.
- the content or material presented on a 900 line.
Bureau - An entity which is accredited by one of the major
telephone carries (for example, MCI or AT&T) to process, program,
and sell 900 lines. The carrier pays the service bureau for call
count revenue, and in turn the service bureau remits payment to
the I.P.'s on a monthly basis.
- any federally accredited telecommunications carrier which also
bills consumers for 900 activity.
- Ready for business, with no need to provide equipment, staffing,
or other expenses.