> Is there a service that I can use that allows me (in Canada) to call a
> toll number in the US and then get tied into a line that lets me call
> an 800 number that can not be normally dialed from Canada? Is there
> any way at all possible to call a US 800 number from Canada?
> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Didn't we have something here not too
> long ago about a special three digit code used by some telco in
> Canada for just this purpose? Perhaps someone could
> contact Mr. Kramerwith details. PAT]
Several long distance carriers *used* to offer it when they had
line-side access, but the feature was lost when they converted to
trunk (ie "equal") access. It may still be available from some of the
smaller line-side resellers -- that would depend on where Mr. Kramer
Of course the real solution would be for US companies with 800 and 888
numbers to realize that they have potential customers outside of the
50 states. This is a continuing grievance for Canadians, who could
dial the 800 numbers if only the companies advertising them would
instruct their carriers to allow calls from Canada.
It's even worse in other parts of the world -- it's astounding how
many computer companies, for example, run ads which are seen world
wide, with no method of contact except a US-only 800 or 888 number.
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