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Is this number toll free in Canada?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

Just on the search for a prepaid call card for calls from Canada to the UK. Since I am going to be using payphones or hotel phones, I want to ensure the access number is toll free. So can someone tell me if a 1-800 number is toll free or not?

Thanks!

Adam
post #2 of 16
It should be ok , in the past I have ran across a few 1-800 business lines that are for a selected region . Why they have done this , I have no idea but all have been for business use and were only accessable from a local region.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by buns
Hi guys,

Just on the search for a prepaid call card for calls from Canada to the UK. Since I am going to be using payphones or hotel phones, I want to ensure the access number is toll free. So can someone tell me if a 1-800 number is toll free or not?

Thanks!

Adam
1-800 numbers are indeed toll-free...but they are not universal, they can be regional or national.
You should post the actual number so a Canadian can call it and let you know. Your thread title is "Is this number toll free in Canada", not "Are 1-800 numbers toll-free in Canada" - so give us the number and you'll get a more helpful answer.

btw - there are other toll-free prefixes here, like 1-888, and some others.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,

apologies about the title, it did occur to me, but at that point I couldnt change it!

The number is 1-800-605-3809 and is for an STI 'da bomb' prepaid phone card.

Many thanks again,

Adam
post #5 of 16
Turns out that number is a hot phone sex line.

Alright, it's not. It works in Canada.
post #6 of 16
so what is the hot phone sex line in Canada???????
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jonpole
Turns out that number is a hot phone sex line.

Alright, it's not. It works in Canada.
Aww super! I'll buy the phone card then!

I owe you one!

Adam
post #8 of 16
One thing to remember, most phone cards alao charge you a flat fee (~$0.75) if you dial the toll free number from a payphone. Not normally a problem from the hotel phone tho
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by buns
I want to ensure the access number is toll free. So can someone tell me if a 1-800 number is toll free or not?
Short answer is yes. Canada is part of the North American Numbering Plan www.nanpa.com where 8YY access numbers should be accessible via the PSTN. You shouldn't have difficulty with Bell Canada or Telus, but the rules regarding pay phone access differ. Check the actual costs regarding the calling cards, not just your rate/minute. My guess would be that your best deal would be to purchase in Canada - but just a guess.
post #10 of 16
Whoa, either you work for a telco, or you are a geek like me. What with the PSTN nomenclature and all....seriously, how many bears know what PSTN stands for?

Public Switched Telephone Network
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
I realised the payphone surcharge, I am going to use it from the hotel room though.... well assuming of course they do not try and charge me for making toll free calls!

I did searches via canadian suppliers but the rate per minute was multiples of what the STI card is. Even though there is a 59c semi monthly admin fee, the rate per min would come to being somewhere around 1.2c a minute.... It seems awfully good value but Ive so far failed to find the catch! At least it is only $10 if it happens not to work.
post #12 of 16

Hotel Room Access Fees

It varies from hotel to hotel as to whether you have to pay an access fee (but those hotels who charge to access 1-800 numbers usually do it as a flat $1, so it doesn't price you out of the ballpark). There are numerous locations to pick up international calling cards in Canada too, of course. If you have time on your way up to Banff, I'd suggest stopping at a South Asian grocery store since they will often carry cards with preferential rates for Britain as well as India/Pakistan. You could also probably pick up a card at either the International Youth Hostel or the Same-sun Backpackers' Hostel in Banff. I'm wondering if any internet cafes have started to install the software for phone over internet? That might be another option.

Have you decided which hotel(s) you're staying at yet?
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
It is all set now..... Sawridge in Jasper and Chateau in lake louise. Im confident lake louise will be ok because we get free local calls (so assume that toll free will be included!).

Thanks for the help

Adam
post #14 of 16

Latest from Marmot

Can't vouch for the Sawridge (I'm staying at the Mt. Robson on a corporate discount), but the conditions are pretty good at Marmot (about 45 cm the past week and more snow forecast for the next few days). They have been doing extensive avalanche work the past two days so they may even have a few more trails open for you. I think they need about another 30 cm to cover up the ice and rocks on the concentrator trails, but it is most definitely skiable. I've had a very good two days here
post #15 of 16
OMG.. Chateau Lake Louise.. you lucky son of a ... = P

I'm really jealous. I'm from Ontario, but I've been to Banff twice... and each time I visit Lake Louise.. stayed at the Chateau once. Didn't ski back then, but it's really beautiful - you can get laid just by showing a girl the view there. If the hiking trail is open... and the tea house is too, take a walk. Scenic is 5km I believe and quick way is 3km... but it's well worth the walk.
post #16 of 16

Winter conditions at Chateau Lake Louise

Since the lake itself is frozen over, and there are probably several feet of snow on the trails, it is unlikely that either of the teahouses (Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake Agnes) are open. They do have skating areas cleared on the lake, and the shoreside trail is available for x-country skiing. If you wanted to spend a day on x-country a really good trip is on the closed road to Morraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks (or up to Lake O'Hara just across the border in British Columbia).

You are staying in one of the great mountain hotels, so enjoy it. I've never had the opportunity to do the Chateau, but I have been able to stay a couple of times at the Banff Springs and I manage a conference or two a year at the Jasper Park Lodge (all sister properties to the Chateau and places you might want to tour while you are in the area). Enjoy yourself (looking for the smiley face reflecting envy).

You also should enjoy the Icefields Parkway to Jasper--240 km of the most spectacular winter mountain scenery in the world. I counted 35 cars during the three hours it took me to drive it last weekend.
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