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Information services, where people could call a 900 number and hear a recorded or live message, were also coming into their own in the early- and mid-1980s.(Other prefixes, notably 976, had already attracted millions of calls to regional services.) In 1982, more than a million people called what eventually came to be known as In 1987, AT&T started a national program that allowed 900 number information providers—people who provided the audio content—the chance to earn money from their numbers.
” during that April 1982 episode, Murphy petitioned the audience to call in, even telling Larry the Lobster’s life story.Similar to the way anyone can now start their own e-commerce website, AT&T opened up the 900 program to any entrepreneur who had an idea, and set a price of up to .00 for the first minute of a call (and more for additional minutes).An entirely new information economy opened up overnight, and the first 900 number entrepreneurs struck gold..“We would raise their rates every quarter,” says Bentz.
“When they came to renew, they would complain, and then they would say yes.
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