Sticking with the telecommunications theme, I noticed a little blurb on the aforementioned 10-digit dialing flyer:
Wow, I thought to myself, I have no idea what six out of the eight n11 numbers are for. How curious. Here’s what I could come up with. These apply to landlines only, as far as I can figure. Cell phones may treat these access codes differently. I’m not near a landline at the moment, or I’d call them myself.
- 211 – Provides “free, confidential, multilingual access to information about the full range of community, social, health and government services.”
- 311 – It’s “a single phone number for non-emergency municipal services and information, and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in multiple languages.” Is it the same for every BC community, or just Vancouver?
- 511 – Apparently it’s supposed to be a national weather hotline, but, as of March, 2008, it’s been put on hold.
- 611 – This gets you customer service on a cell phone. I’m not sure what it does on a landline.
- 711 – A national telephone relay service (I couldn’t find a better link in my brief search) for the hearing-impaired.
- 811 – I couldn’t figure out what this was for in BC. In the Yukon, you can dial it to get health advice from BC nurses.
If anybody wants to call these numbers or tell me any fun n11 stories, fire away.