> Try dialing same number with 1-700-xxx-xxxx instead of 1-800-xxx-xxxx.
> Doesn't work all the time but sometimes it's OK.
>> 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?
The Bellcore N.American Numbering Plan (approved by the Industry Numbering
Committee) 'reserved' special area codes for 'international' originated
caller-agrees-to-pay to call an 800/888 number not normally available from
that location are 880 for 800, and 881 for 888.
These are supposed to work from British Columbia in Canada to call 800/888
numbers in the US which don't buy origination from Canada, and maybe even
800/888 numbers in Canada which might not have purchased origination from the
Canada's BC province. However, some 800/888 number holders might try to block
that form of access, as in some situations, they still have to pay for the US
portion of the inbound 800/888 call.
As for the use of 700 ... that special area code is assigned to each and
every carrier for its own purposes. Some carriers *might* have turned *their
own* applications of 700 into a 'caller-pays' 800. However, since Bellcore
NANPA and the INC have made an industry standard of 880 & 881, you would
think that those carriers will 'withdraw' use of 700 for 'caller pays' 800,
if any carriers ever did use 700 for that purpose.
Some Caribbean carriers had (still do?) been using 400 for 'caller-pays' 800
to such normally toll-free numbers in the US and Canada which didn't purchase
toll-free access from the Caribbean. Most of those originating locations
included Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, and other "Cable & Wireless" islands.
The Dominican Republic (GTE's Codetel) had/have been using 300 for the same
Two years ago (Summer 1994), prior to 880 (and 881) being reserved as the
industry standard for 'caller-pays' 800 (and 888), Bellcore NANPA had
submitted to the INC (which was studying the matter of reserving 880) copies
of faxes between Bellcore and the various Caribbean locations. NANPA was
quite disturbed that the local island telcos in the Caribbean had 'self
assigned' themselves use of not officially assigned North American Numbering
Plan numbering resources. As far as the remainder of N.America was concerned,
300 & 400 (used as Area Codes or SAC's) were not yet assigned, but when they
will be, it will be a system-wide assignment, not intended for any local
entity or single carrier to 'self assign' themself such codes.
I've been told that such Caribbean islands which have been using 400 (or 300)
do 'intend' to 'switch over' to the use of 880/881, and cease use of 400 (or
300) from their networks.
However, according to GTE Codetel's "products & services" webpage - which
might not have been updated recently - and only available in Spanish -
http://www.codetel.net.do/codetel/proseco.html - and don't ask me to
translate anything here - I don't speak Spanish - I can 'somewhat' comprehend
what IS mentioned here (as I'd previously read about their use of 300):
"USA 300: Lnea 300, abre las puertas del mercado de los Estados Unidos para
acceso a las lneas 800 domsticas en dicho pas."
they are still using 300 as the 'caller pays' replace code to call US (and
Canadian?) 800 numbers which didn't buy toll-free origination from the
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